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âThis past year has changed my listening habits, with music being an active part of finding calm and centering me in the midst of all the confusion. Treneti’s avant-garde explorations of jazz and soul have deep meditative qualities and nourish the mind – throw him in your headphones and let his voice overwhelm you. It will do you a world of good, I promise you.
Treneti Brown only found his musical instrument four years ago.
Professional dancer, her body was her instrument for a long time, until she took a bass for the first time and didn’t put it down for two hours.
âI find myself playing a lot of different instruments,â she laughs, âbut I don’t know how to play themâ.
Brown was undergoing big changes in her life the moment she started playing bass. In 2017, she left her hometown of Chicago and was traveling across the country. She spent time at a spiritual sanctuary in northern Michigan, where she meditated seven hours a day and learned toning, singing, frequency therapy, and how to layer sounds with gongs and tuning forks. She also traveled to Guatemala, where she worked with a drum shaman and learned indigenous vibratory singing.
Eventually, she moved to Portland, where she found a scene eager to welcome her music: a vast collection of electronic staccato beats that are both meditative and sultry, and soothing electro soundscapes, grounded in sung vocals.
Brown enjoyed a rapid rise in the Portland music scene, playing a few smaller shows in 2018 before being booked into Mississippi studios. Soon she was selling both the Mississippi Studios and the Old Church.
Yet she had to overcome a steep learning curve to produce and publish music. In January 2020, she released her first album, Psalms of Saturn, a more direct album with bass, drums and vocals, followed by his electronic EP Her’isness in December 2020.
There is a hypnotic quality in Treneti’s music. You notice that your head involuntarily moves and that your body is less tense, as if you had received a contemplative sound bath. This healing effect is intentional.
âSome music has a regenerating and calming effect on the body, and others are abrasive. Some music totally disturbs the ship, âexplains Brown. âFor me, it is really important to create a sanctuary and a place of sound nourishment. “
When Brown talks about the healing properties of her music, she’s not talking figuratively. A fanatic of math and science, Brown builds her own synths with specific frequencies that have regenerative properties for the body. For example, 528 hertz is the frequency of solfeggio, the frequency of the healthy human energy field, and the frequency of love, while 25 hertz is the frequency of a cat’s purr.
âThese are the ancestral frequencies,â she says. âThis is how, in ceremonies, prayers and rituals, our ancestors channel these divine frequencies. I’m just basically doing the same thing.
The influence of healing sounds is persistent in his work; she also runs the Solaris Voice Academy, which helps artists develop their voices with holistic singing training and empowerment techniques.
But it’s somewhere between the emotional and mathematical space of healing frequencies that Treneti’s music thrives.
âMuch of me was unsatisfied until I discovered not only music but also music production and literally working with frequencies, mixing them and balancing them,â she says. âWhen I tapped into that, I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is what I was looking for: this is math.’ All synthesis is ultimately trigonometry. It gave me quite a space to be a nerd.