Langston Kelly Human DJ
From all-improv to soundtracks for life
I am a sonomancer, creating music and relating it to life and nature in order to facilitate the magical experience. I began this project as the "all-improv, DJ-style one man band." My goal, in part, was to prove my suspicion that it is possible to spontaneously create music which is just as potent as music that has been composed and poured over for hours. I succeeded with my album Stop Being Dead. Though I continue to strive for this with my improvisations, my focus now lies upon the development of my relationship with the craft via composition and production and their deeper application to magic.
Art to me is a means of making magic–in its more basic sense the movement and manipulation of energy where there is an element of mystery involved. A sonomancer uses sound to cast spells which affect the resonance of a space and the thoughts and feelings of those exposed to the spell. My talent is in the art of composition, but I also love to perform. Thus, I have emphasized improvisation in order that I may compose and perform simultaneously. Through improvisation I have also found it easiest to facilitate the magical experience. That said, the quality of work and depth of experience I am able to facilitate directly depends on my ability to compose and produce. Hence, I have taken it upon myself to focus on these skills presently in order to become a more well rounded artist.
Additionally, I am interested in how music can physically effect the environment such as through the levitation of objects and through cymatics. It seems to me that we have only begun to touch upon the power of sound. I imagine there are some ancient traditions that we have either forgotten or are not paying enough attention to, which may provide knowledge of this. How can music affect plant growth and behavior? Can it be incorporated into farming and ecology? How serious is noise pollution and what might be done about it? Can sound be used to bridge worlds? You may view that last one as mere fantasy. To this sentiment I ask: if we can imagine it might it not possible?