Based out of Missoula, Montana, darshan Pulse (dP) formed on the 2nd of February 2008.
Two years later we released our debut concept album, Panopticon, on April 10th, 2010.
Since then, we’ve worked on our second concept album, Olive Moksha (OM), as a vehicle for musically expressing the essence of Samsara; the Buddhist doctrine of cyclical existence. After eight years of hard work, this magnificent project is finally finished and ready for publication. OM assembles together the efforts of over a dozen artists, musicians, writers and producers into a fiercely distinctive masterpiece that we couldn’t be more proud to present to the world.
Panopticon could be described as more of an Indy-rock album with a progressive approach that employed lyrical poetry to convey the plot-line of the story. Olive Moksha, on the other hand, works to convey a narrative without denoting explicit mental concepts. But to competently convey ideas and stories instrumentally, we discovered, would require of us an entirely new approach to music theory.
Through the keyhole of Modal Theory we peered into a landscape of glorious potential. It seems that few ever really explore what the modes have to offer. At first glance, the intimidating technicality can seem overwhelming. So to make the modes more easy to understand, we developed an intuitive technique for learning them. This fresh approach to music theory does not belittle the student by demanding mastery of unnecessarily complex and pretentious concepts. It merely requires an association between geometric sequences and the emotional quality of those sequences. If you can memorize the shape of one scale on the fret board of your guitar, you can probably memorize several others.
Based solely on the emotional quality evoked by each mode, we invented frameworks with which to translate a written narrative into musical score. In-turn, Olive Moksha nonverbally depicts the journeys of three protagonists, chronicling their lives, deaths, and reincarnations. The work is also laden with the very philosophical Buddhist and Taoist concepts that inspired the project in the first place.
As such, we now refer to this avant-garde and progressive style as “Buddhist Rock”
This is not meant to insinuate that our musicians necessarily ascribe to the tenets of the noble eight-fold path. Nor is it meant to convey the idea that we write songs explicitly about Buddhism. But the story of Olive Moksha is heavily influenced by Buddhist concepts, and we grew to value the performance of these songs as an important meditative practice. Many musicians have written and spoken about being “in the zone,” another way of describing specific states of consciousness achieved through basic meditation practice and mind training.
Although Olive Moksha was deeply inspired by the work of the Secret Chiefs 3 , King Crimson, and Tool, we’ve created something entirely new here. Recorded in our home during the summers of 2013 and 2014, we spent seven months editing literally hundreds of hours of takes in Ableton Live – a program that provided us with invaluable editing tools, mixing tricks and specific plugins that are simply not available with other programs. Then we sent it to our producer, Brandon Zimmer at Hi-Line Studios, where we spent the next two years mixing the tracks. Finally, in the winter of 2017, Olive Moksha was professionally mastered by Jason Hicks at the Ewam Maghada Garden of One Thousand Buddhas in Arlee, Montana.
Now we have arrived at the long-anticipated final phase of the project: duplication.
We’ve finally launched our crowdsourcing campaign to make this dream a reality. Following publication, we’ll be sending copies to every College Radio station in the country to get these glorious melodies into the planetary overmind.
Contribute to the campaign to secure your hard copy of Olive Moksha!
May the inspiration and joy of these transcendent melodies brighten days, ease spirits and inspire thoughts!
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