We are producing a 12" vinyl record with 20 minutes of complete silence on each side of the album. There's no narration or sound. You can use it for meditation or put it on whenever you want to enjoy twenty minutes of silence.
We're pressing this record on 140 grams of super cool translucent vinyl.
Silent Meditation was an unexpected project. My son got a record player for Christmas and was excited to buy his first albums. We went digging through used record stores and he came across an album he thought I would like, The Art of Meditation. It was made in the 1970s with dreamy cover art and it was only 6 bucks. As a fan of meditation, I bought it and took it home to play. The first part was an explanation why meditation was good for you, then came a few sternly guided meditations. It wasn’t at all what I wanted.
But what was I expecting? What would I want from a meditation record?
I thought about it, seriously, and then realized I just wanted silence. I wanted a record that created space. I imagined putting it on and listening to the first side. During that 20 minutes, dozens of thoughts would appear and disappear. Each listening would be totally different, a surprise, and another chance to be aware.
Having a physical record was not just cool, but probably surprisingly useful. I imagined flipping through albums, looking for something to play. It would stand out, like an invitation to a party. Hey! Let’s go sit.
So my son and I decided to work on this project together. We would produce a silent record, one meditation on each side. There would be no sound, no narration, no chimes at the end. You would drop the needle and enjoy the silence.
We will print this on 140g translucent vinyl. Each side will contain 20 minutes of silence at 33 ⅓ RPM. At 45 RPM you can access the hidden feature, a shorter 15-minute meditation.
Note: this does not require a record player to be fully enjoyed. Technically, it doesn’t even require this record.
That said, silence is a valuable territory, rarely explored. It is surprising, sometimes terrifying, and we often avoid it. This album can be a mirror to see yourself or a new window to the world. At $20 it’s not only reasonable, it’s a bargain.
This a serious project, and in its seriousness we also hope it creates some levity. The record is a reminder that silence is valuable, and it can be enjoyed. To purchase a record and play a silent meditation is intentionally humorous. Silence, like meditation, can feel severe, even punitive. Having a silent record might remind you that's not always the case.
We would love your support.
Eric and Ben
This project should take about 12 to 14 weeks. Most of that is the time it takes to press the records and print album covers. We’ll ship as soon as we receive them.
If I already meditate regularly, is this record for me?
Absolutely. You can use this recording as part of your regular practice. This silence has been specifically designed to be fully compatible will zen, vipassana, mindfulness, Vedic meditation, and all other traditions.
Some parts of this sound like John Cage’s 4’33? Is that intentional?
No, but what a compliment! Cage’s composition was music, and he wanted to include all sounds in that definition. This is not music, nor were any musicians involved in this recording. This silence is very different. It's an invitation to observe your experience, and it's tool to help you do so.
Should I get this as a gift for someone?
Absolutely. We’ve included an option with two copies at a discounted price. If you have a Zen friend, it's the perfect gift for the person that wants nothing.
Are you planning on any future releases?
There have been rumors of a live album, but for now, we’re 100% focused on this release. If you want more, you can take a look at our past projects at The Center for the Advancement of Meditation Technologies. http://camt.blog
Risks and challenges
Risks are somewhat limited. The recording is already complete as is all the artwork. We’ve finalized negotiations with the printer. We’ll raise the money and immediately begin pressing the vinyl.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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