MUSIC

The beauty of a Conscious Dance music set is that it uses a multitude of genres and tempos. There is an emphasis on instrumental music so that a person can tune into themselves but some songs are added specifically because of their lyrics.

Each set starts slowly, giving you lots of time to relax and warm up. Gradually the tempo picks up and builds to a peak with high-energy dance music before tapering off again into a reflective, quiet ending.

To create a music set, I start with my hottest new songs, put them into a playlist in iTunes and see what kind of theme emerges. Next I go through my folders and add music to fill out the set and arrange them into a 'wave' format. I import this rough draft into Traktor where I swap out songs and finesse transitions. I debut new sets on Sunday morning, where mix them live and record them into a single audio track.

Those recordings are played at the Monday night dance, which is my turn to dance!

Below I've provided some sample tracks to give you an idea of how a 'wave' format is created. 

I also call this format a 'cathartic curve' because it reflects other natural cycles which are innate to the body and psyche, such as: the birthing, orgasmic or emotional-release curve.

(Catharsis, from Greek katharsis meaning "purification" or "cleansing", refers to any extreme change in emotion that results in renewal and restoration.) 

music library starter kit, by Rhythm

Each list contains 10 different artists. Each artist has been chosen for the quality and breath of their work, their song has been chosen as a good representation of the rhythm. Their work is available on iTunes (please purchase your music and support the artists!)

10 artists/list | $10/list | 10 lists/$95 | Please contact Jelena for purchases

1

Savasanaby Kamalakar
no rhythm. some melody. soundscapes. meditative.

2

I Need Youby Vonda Shepard
gentle awakening. very slow rhythm. melody.

3

Shake It Looseby Daniel Masson
swaying. easy. relaxed. fluid.

4

Bonesby Fat Freddy's Drop
building in definition, rhythm and tempo.

5

Gold Coast Hustleby Pretty Lights
percussive. rhythmic. assertive. edgy.

6

Sunshine Voodoo Girlby Lenny Ibizarre
getting bouncy. strong tempo. repetitive beat.

7

Yimanyaby Filterheadz
high energy. 125 to 135 BPM. transcending.

8

Stop Foolin' Aroundby Quicksound
reduced tempo. softer percussion. more melody.

9

Black Sandsby Bonobo
lyrical. melody-driven. light-hearted. circular.

10

Snow and Lightby Dustin O'Halloran
melodic. gentle. slow. etherial.
Music

music library starter kit – by genre

Each pdf list contains 10 different artists. Each artist has been chosen for the quality and breath of their work, their song has been chosen as a good representation of the Genre of this list. Their work is available on iTunes. Please purchase your music and support the artists!
10 artists/list | $10/list | 10 lists/$95 | Please contact Jelena for purchases

Therapeutic

Orange Skyby Alexi Murdoch
yummy goodness for when you need a hug.

Obscure

Ashrei & Returning Torahby Hazzan Menes
unique. jazzy. varied. intelligent electronica.

Transatlantic

Oich Oichby Underworld
late night. long Drive. stylish AF.

latin

Majagualby Systema Solar
tango. flamenco. cumbia. all things latin, and hot.

Deep House

All Rightby Jay Lumen
funky house. deep groove. ultra cool.

Tech House

Musakby Steve Lawler
hard house. sweaty times. club style.

Shamanic

Grandmother Treeby Deya Dova
music for communing. healing. conjuring.

Composers

Þú-ert-sólinby Olafur Arnalds
modern-day composers. German. Icelandic.

E. Swing

Clashby Caravan Palace
über fun. swing du jour. it will make you dance.

World

Obieroby Ayub Ogada
music from the vast corners of the world.