Universal Automation

by Aligning Minds

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Beats & Pieces are happy to announce the release of Aligning Minds debut album, Universal Automation.
Aligning Minds is the collaboration of two US based producers, Daniel Merrill and Michael Folk. Ethereal and dubby, uplifting and haunting, and always deep and hypnotic, their music winds its way through the imaginative souls of its listeners, offering a deep exploration of mood and emotional atmosphere. Focused on unifying electronic music through diverse influence, their sound fuses elements of downtempo, dubstep, breakbeat and IDM, but without the need for formulaic restrictions.
Their music can serve as a meditative inward sonic experience and in the same time have been bouncing the dancefloor.
While this is their debut Aligning Minds are not newcomers. They have been performing constantly across The US and gathered a devoted following, and have collaborated with and remixed major artists in the electronic downtempo scene.


released September 12, 2011

All tracks written and produced by Daniel Merrill and Michael Folk.
Except: Fortune and Solitude- Written and produced by Daniel Merrill, Mike Crystalysis, and Michael Folk. Licensed courtesy of Aleph Zero Records; Happy Hollow- Vocals by Marcio Alvarado; Vaida Unison- Vocals by Kristin Callahan. In loving memory of Vaida.


Universal Automation
Booming & blooming
from Blue June Tune
this Electrical Eternal Uni-verse-
fractalized frequencies
spiral down subtle shafts
into happy hollow human hridayam:
organic gourds strung with angelic chords
where we play & are being played
symphonies of light, silences of night
at once the gold seeker & the myan keeper
revealing the fortune ‘n solitude
alongside ancient Veda soma voices
echoing conversant current choices-
to sense the jeweled super strings sing
as we collectively evolve & grow
as we individually involve & glow
with this downloading dawn
that may dervishly spawn
an unprecedented world of progress...

-Andrew Brunt

Aligning Minds would like to thank:
The Universe for the amazing gifts we've received. Thank you!! Our parents and family for all their love and support. All of our friends that have helped and supported us from the beginning. The old school GC crew, you know who you are- yes, you Anthony Frazee. 88DC and X Culture. David Fogel, for always believing in us and pushing things forward. The magical David London, the late Nelson Kelly, and the always “up” Graham Jackson. Robert Manos, Jeremy Bellmay, Kristin Callahan, Steve Atkinson, Wade Wiley, Jessica Lindstrom, Killowatts, The Great Mundane, Yoko Kamitani, Marcio Alvarado, Dave Guiterrez, Chris VanderEssen, Alex Gold, Chris Mandra, Nicolas Laget, Telesma, Jason Sage, Primordial Ooze, Collen Dubose, Keith Preston, Jeremy Opio, City Rain, Mussck, The Megadrives, Andrew Brunt, Alexa Grey and the mighty Soohan, Betsy Wilson, Dale Ghent and Derek Beucher. Each one of you has been there for us in your own unique and perfect way. Much love and gratitude.

Ethan Berg, Graham Meyer, Jim Nichols, Victor Peters, Gavin Bouma, DJ Slouch, Troy and Julee of Psymbolic, Buzzy Bowman, Scott Chambers, The Blooms, Tanc and Tiernan, Thomas Vandevander, Gabe Dewitt, Anthony Steele, Tim O'Neil, Troy Rutkofske, Vano Chikhlo, Ben Yoder, Josh Shumaker, Kelly Ann Richmond, Sam and Jessica, Simon Pattee, Yelena Dope, Becca and Starfox.

Digital mastering by Huby Sea (huby@ultimae.com).

Production and management by Beats & Pieces Records.

Cover artwork, CD layout and design by Rafael Arturo Hernandez García.

All tracks copyright Beats & Pieces Records 2011. Except: Fortune and Solitude, copyright Aleph Zero Records, 2008. Published by Copyright Control.



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