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, telepathy… Schrenck-Notzing is known as the first forensic psychologist of the history.
Also, /ˈnʌθɪŋ/ can be some kind of word play with the English word «nothing» when verbalized. And now, Notzing is an electronic music project.
When Dario Garcia started to design his own sounds, his first obsession was to being able to use frequencies to induce altered states of consciousness to those who listen. Psychoacoustics, low and high frequencies, weird equalizations and heavy 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 sound systems 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 or an easy choice. The purpose is to make easier the trance induction and to give more freedom to the creative process of the DJ (the modern 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 is 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. 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
Aithér is the third work that makes up the Oniro-Cycle. It is a work about sound design, textures, introspection and subtle details which uses the percussion as a vehicle in a journey, as a mean and not an end.
Two different acts are dedicated to explore the depths of the traditional oniric experience, the emotions and feelings, the situations and majestic places the author has experimented in the same dream. That is why this EP is divided in two long length act.
Should be mentioned that this work is based in two lineal dreams that doesn’t have temporal or spatial inexplanaible jumps. When these dreams are remembered, it can be stablished a «coherent» plot from beggining to end, without any kind of lucidity or control over them.
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.
This EP is about the self-disorder, a psychological phenomenon of disruption or diminishing of a person’s sense of minimal self.
The Examination of Anomalous Self-Experience (EASE) is a psychiatric semi-structured interview that attempts to capture the extent of the mainly non-psychotic self-disorders experienced by the person. It is divided into 5 domains:
Cognition and Stream of Consciousness.
This domain covers disturbances in the flow of thoughts and experiences, including such self-disorders as «thought pressure», an experienced chaos of unrelated thoughts, «loss of thought ipseity», a sense as if the person does not own their thoughts (but not to the level of psychosis), and «spatialization of experience», where the person experiences their thoughts as if they occurred within a space.
Self-Awareness and Presence.
This domain deals with dissociative experiences of the self and world as well as a tendency toward intense reflection, in addition to a declining understanding of how to interact with others and the world called «perplexity» or «lack of natural evidence»;
This domain deals with alienating experiences of the body as well as with «mimetic experiences», the sense of a person that if they move, pseudo-movements of other, unrelated objects are experienced.
This domain covers specific disturbances in the person’s ego boundaries such as the person confusing their own thoughts, ideas, and feelings for that of their interlocutor.
Domain oriented to changes in the person’s experience of the world that reflect the effect of self-disorders on the person’s worldview.
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.
Nodes is the second work that makes up the Astro-Cycle.
A node it’s a point of connection in a communication network. The vision behind this track is to create a network of nodes that transmit and respond to requests.
Different requests are reflected in this track. You can hear a broadcast ARP request when the node asked respond with a different frequency, while the frequency does not change when reach a non-asked node. This track it’s like a new network communication protocol. There are Broadcast, Multicast and Anycast communications reflected inside this track.
Circinus is the third work that makes up the Astro-Cycle.
It’s dedicated to this constelation due to it’s form, a compass. Near Circinus, there is another constelation named «Triangulum Australe» which form is a triangle or set square. A total homage to the freemasonry symbology.
This track it’s made thinking about the strange radioactive elements could be there and their interaction with the human body and the brain entering into his most chaotic nebulae NGC 5315.
Espirito Cycle (Spiritual Cycle)
Cycle with religious and trascendental 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.
Sōgi explores death and Japanese funerary rites from an anthropological point of view. This work reflects a contrast between modern and traditional ideas. It is comprised of four different acts:
Routes the listener’s heart into the last minutes of the mind of a lost person, with no hope, sank in a sea of modern worries and low self-esteem. The piece is a tunnel of anxiety and desperation that ends in a traditional form of suicide. This act should be listened to from a first person perspective.
Routes the listener’s mind into the funeral rite of the person who committed suicide. Minimal, contemplative and meditative tendencies. The prayers are full of shame and stupefaction after discovering the corpse. The other people cannot explain reasons of why he put an end to his life. This act should be listened to from a third person perspective.
Routes the listener’s body into the deceased’s soul during the cremation mprocess. The sensation of being trapped inside the coffin, entering the mfurnace, full of culpability and rage about all those who feel shame, disappearing from the physical world. This act should be listened to from a first person perspective.
Routes the listener’s soul into another metaphysical plane. The purgatory itself as an entity, expels the vengeful soul of the deceased person, who blinded by grief, is coming back to a place between the physical and the astral plane. This act is influenced by the sounds and sensations that can be listened to, experienced and felt during an astral projection, when the person is traveling through different planes of reality.