Sound and light

Planewalker throws a big party for new CD release


DJ Planewalker (Brennan Murphey) will be hosting a party Friday (July 21), starting at 7 p.m., at the Taos Mesa Brewing Mothership outdoor amphitheater to kick off the release of his new psy-bass album, “Planes of Consciousness.”

His performance at the release party will feature the audio from the new album in its entirety beneath live Celtic harp and vocal work, as well as his signature fire sword dancing, the Ramla Taal Tribal Bellydance troupe from Albuquerque and Fawn Moonchild, a fire dancer and aerial fabric dancer from Crestone, Colorado.

The event, called “Starseed Andromeda,” will also feature performances by Ecometric from San Francisco (Merkaba Music), local producer Kanizzle (Rule 42), Trillwax from Santa Fe, as well as regional DJs Adem Joel and Tasstik.

Billy Merritt of StarTribe will be running his full 18-speaker sound system combined with Planewalker’s own sound system. A fully projection-mapped stage with an intelligent lighting system co-designed by Aesthesis and Planewalker will be showcasing large-scale visuals and intelligent lighting. All paid attendees will receive a downloadable copy of the new album (no CDs) upon arrival at the door, according to a press release.

“The hour-long album, which [Murphey] has been working on for over two years, is a blend of acoustic instruments, sacred chants and highly danceable beats that range from slow dub to mid-tempo glitch-hop,” the release states. “Aside from Celtic harp, crystal bowls and vocals played and sung by Planewalker himself, the album features the angelic voice of Ixchel Prisma and performances by world-renowned artist Govinda on the violin as well as Norman Cutliff III (Katy P and the Business) on the drums.”

The sound, which may be described as exotic and Middle Eastern, yet funk inspired, can be compared to Shpongle, Desert Dwellers and Kalya Scintilla, but with the elements of Planewalker’s harp work and vocals that tie the album together. The album artwork, created by Clint Grierson at Point Zero Productions in Australia, is an artistic interpretation of Murphey made to look like he is made of stars and nebulae, holding a sword made of light featuring the seven chakras and their associated colors and Devanagari characters going up the sword.

Murphey states, “Music is healing. When I was 11 years old and learned to play my first instrument, the piano, I instantly recognized that I was tapping into one of the most powerful forces in the universe. What I discovered was a new language – something that freed me in opening the gates to my heart. It all started with the electric guitar, but soon I found myself trying to learn and master a broad range of sound. My journey through the cosmos has shown me the magic of the Celtic harp, the guitar and — the most mysterious expression of them all — electronic music.

“‘Planes of Consciousness’ is an album that I feel best represents the many facets of who I really am. It marks a major change of focus from fast trance music to funky, organic glitch-hop and down-tempo with vocals. What I created is a unique blend of healing beats and rhythms that invites dancing and celebration. And, who doesn’t want to dance and celebrate? The years of experience that are hiding behind ‘Planes of Consciousness’ are fun to recount. I have released two full-length albums and two EPs under the Planewalker name, as well as four full-length albums and over 10 EPs and singles under my collaborative side projects: Chaos Control and Mister Chill’R. In the last several years, I have had the great privilege of remixing songs by and sharing the stage with some of the most recognized electronic music producers in the world, including Phutureprimitive, The Polish Ambassador, Kalya Scintilla, Desert Dwellers, Ott, Rabbit in the Moon, Bluetech, Random Rab, Bird of Prey, Kaminanda and Govinda.”

Murphey tours the United States both as an electronic music artist and as a Celtic harpist with his father, cowboy music artist Michael Martin Murphey, as one of his band members. He recently performed with the Kansas City Orchestra for a crowd of more than 7,000 people at the 10th annual Symphony in the Flint Hills.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

Taos Mesa Brewing’s Mothership is located at 20 ABC Mesa Road, off U.S. 64 west. Call (575) 758-1900 or visit