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from Healing Modes (ICR014) by Brooklyn Rider

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i am my own achilles’ heel, a form that would never shape (2018)

I am always fascinated by a fantastical world that lies in a reality, a liminal state that lies at the edge of half-fantastical, half-hallucination. Years go by, I am told this could be a condition and there is a term for this condition; it is the world of Alice in Wonderland Syndrome.

According to the medical journal, although the cause of Alice in Wonderland Syndrome is unknown, the condition typically accompanies episodes of migraines. Affected individuals report feeling that different parts of their body are disproportionate in size and proximity and that their overall surroundings are “warped.” Specifically, these patients perceive objects as larger or smaller than they really are, thereby earning the syndrome its characteristic name.

In many parts of the world, mental health is still considered a taboo in society. To share a piece of music is to say that we might all have fascinations, some real and some really out there, you and I, us without them. Let’s share, let’s talk about it, let’s help each other out.

I am here for you, and you for me.
—Du Yun


from Healing Modes (ICR014), released March 27, 2020
Brooklyn Rider: Johnny Gandelsman & Colin Jacobsen - violin
Nicholas Cords - viola
Michael Nicolas - cello

Recorded & mixed at Oktaven Studio, 06/11/19-06/13/19
Mastered at Zampol Productions

Recording engineer: Ryan Streber
Mixing engineer: Ryan Streber
Mastering engineer: Oscar Zambrano

Art design: Elizabeth Andia Azen


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