The Radial Conservatory: 'Volume 1'

Nashville outfit The Radial Conservatory have blessed New Zealand with a couple of their immersive shows in previous years, and for those of us who caught them in action, an audio representation has been too long in coming. 

The crew of visual artists and composers come together with a bold manifesto, seeking "not to perform or display our own art but rather assemble into an entirely different space. A space where people can step out of the everyday to engage their imaginations and connect with something deeper, something quieter within them. The slow, sweeping, lush world of sound is brought to life in the spectacular visual world of light & color that surrounds the musicians and reaches out to touch the listeners. These different mediums come together to bring us somewhere we can’t go without our imaginations, and blurs the line between performers & audience in a new kind of contemplative concert experience.”

Now, the Conservatory has committed the sweeping soundscapes of their live show into a 7-track album that swings from sparse stringwork to glitchy ambient electronics, mostly based around primary composer Thad Kopec (whose just released a beautiful folk album of his own).

If you're looking for some wide open, atmospheric tunes to meditate or relax to, this is your bag. Stream it below, and check them out in their full live glory at TEDxNashville here: