Apart from an Oberding district, Albert von Schrenck-Notzing was a German physician, psychiatrist and psychical researcher who was pioneer investigating paranormal areas like mediumship, hypnotism, thelepathy… also is known as the first forensic psychologist of the history.
Also it’s some kind of word play with the english word «nothing» when verbalized. And now, it’s an electronic music project.
When Dario Garcia started as a self-thaught sound designer, his first obsession was to being able to use frequencies to induce altered states of consciusness to those who listen. Psychoacoustics, low and high frequencies, weird equalizations and post-processes are some of the resources he has been always working around in his different projects to cause different somatizations to the listener. Notzing is the project to develop this idea in form of useful tools for the DJ, to being used in long mixes, powerful quadraphonic soundsystems and a bunch of listeners. When these conditions are met , the project background makes sense.
The Notzing project compositions usually are monotones complex loops, with a repetitive rhythm oscillating (usually 4/4). This is not a lazy choice. The purpose is to make easier the trance induction and to give more freedom to the creative process of the DJ (the shaman or medium) to overlap layers of sounds, textures and to develop a unique sound. It’s a way to empower the complexity of the rest of the sounds and the space where these are placed in the mix. It’s the DJ task to play with loops and to develop the ritual live for the listeners.
Since Notzing it’s a conceptual project, all the compositions and works published responds to cycles orbiting towards recurrent themes. Despite of these thematic cycles, the underlying idea of each work is the induction of altered states. There are some cycles where this purpose is more evident like in the Neuro Cycle. These cycles won’t be closed since the themes threated are the inspiration source and raison d’être of the project
Oniro Cycle (The Dreams Cycle)
Cycle dedicated to the Dreams and all the onirical state of consciousness involves.
Vigilia is the first work that makes up the Oniro Cycle. It’s an exposition and essay about how the dream deprivation could affect to the mind. This EP was composed during a 48 hours of sleep deprivation.
The EP reflects how the mind and body begins to act slow and erratic, evolving to some kind of mental ecstasy status with a bit of euphoria.
Some hours later, the bad mood appears, the awkward agressivity and finally, the hallucinations. The mind, exhausted, listen to weird voices spelling names of known people, see silouettes in the corner of the eye, and can’t control correct the emotions.
These stages of sleep deprivation, are reflected in each act of the EP. And these stages are reflected in the production itself, adding more and more unpleasing sounds. The third and fourth acts are totally unpleasant for the listener, with a not quantized elements in the structure and more and more distorted and sharper objects.
Oniro is the second work that makes up the Oniro Cycle. It’s an exposition and essay about some lucid dreams and OBE the author had.
Although the person behind Notzing is a little bit skeptic with new age stuff, there was a stage during his life when he experimented with drugs like Ketamine, LSD and DMT.
These drugs and the altered states of consciousness he was drove to, let him to know how dreams smells, how dreams are listened in the music and how the dreams are feeling. A little bit difficult to explain. He never imagined that his mind could do that. Strictly focused to the brain reactions, he found amazing how the vision turns to fractal, how you are able to appear or dissapear, to enter into different rooms, tunnels and scenes and how the body experiment very similar dreams sensations.
These experiences involved even shared groupal hallucinations that let a door opened to the idea of diferent planes of existance in his imaginary.
Back from these life stories, Oniro is a work where production is blurry, ethereal, with a difuse structure. It’s a work to listen as a background or with headphones. It’s a work to smell it, to embrace it and to feel it, because it was made keeping in mind all these experiences.
The first act, is a trip itself with an introduction, conflict, climax and denouement.
The second act is more focused to the feelings, and smellings. The muddy bass and kick oscillate through a weird melody that comes and go.
The third act, it’s a loop, not evolving, with some background sounds and some sounds that appear in front of the listener. Two dimensions that reminds the point of view of a dream in first person, when the dreamer is being witness of a surrealistic scenario.
The fourth act has the same concept that the third act, but in a dark way. When dreams turns to nightmares. A background drone oscillates like the hum of a sleep paralysis or the N,N-Dimethyltryptamine taking off sensation
Meta Cycle (Meta-electronics Cycle)
Cycle more oriented to didactic and experimental purposes.
MIN is the first exposition that makes up Meta Cycle, a cycle focused in the production techniques used in each work that makes it up.
MIN makes reference to «minimal» and it’s influenced by the first wave of minimal techno electronic music of the early century, and also, because it was composed only with six sounds recorded from analog gear. All the sounds used in each act are these six sounds processed, chopped, reversed and threated in many different ways. Samplers, quantizers, and effects produce three very different and texturized tracks.
Neuro Cycle (Neurological Cycle)
Cycle more oriented to neurological changes and altered states of perception by frequencies
Although the label didn’t respected the original title and decided to use just the reference number, Psychomotor is how this work was originally delivered by the author. It makes up the first work of the Neuro Cycle.
Neuro cycle is related with the anatomy, the brain, the mind and the neurological connections. The work is composed around the theme of the psychomotor development, the motion procedure and the learning of the emotions due to the ambiance, the genetics and the character of a individual.
Each act is more physical or more mental depending on what it refeers to. The production involves digital and analog procedures. The bass sounds are heavier than usual in order to force the motion of the cone speakers and the listener’s muscles and cells.
This was the first work published by Notzing Project.
Again, a label that didn’t respect the original title delivered. The Original title of this EP was Spatial Intelligence and makes up the second reference of the Neuro Cycle.
The premise of this EP is to expose a spatial intelligence test with no solution. Like an Escher picture, it plays with the perception of the listener, using heavy psychoacoustic production techniques.
The absolute colour of this work that comes in mind when listened is the white color. Drives to the listener to the sandbox area of the brain.
Astro Cycle (Astrological Cycle)
Cycle with more aesthetics purposes
Urano is the beginning of the Astro-Cycle. It’s a single track appeared in the Systolic Various Artist compilation first volume.
In Greek Mythology, Urano is the sky itself and that’s why this is the first work of the cycle. Listening to this piece, listeners evokes the lonely and beautiful the space is.
Krypto Cycle (Apocryph Cycle)
Cycle with unidentified purposes.
First LP by The Notzing Project. Conceptual work about a failed embryonic development due to the exposition to the frequencies used by pregnant women.
Each track correspond to a stage of the pregnancy process.
The frequencies and equalization used tries to put the listener inside the utero, that’s why it’s blurry, muddy and wet. The last part of the LP is sharper because it correspond to the human body, going out from the utero and to the soul, ascending, or descending to the limbo.