Thursday, 18 December 2014

Bandcamp Series: Rasplyn - Scenes Through The Magic Eye (November 2014)


Femetalism has recently been delving into a more spiritual and altogether more relaxing musical arena. With this, we happened upon a wonderful album called Scenes Through the Magic Eye, the debut album of Rasplyn, the solo project of Carolyn O’Neill.  An enchanting and hauntingly beautiful selection of music that crisscrosses through many genres and styles, encompassing the dark, the ambient, the avant-garde and the experimental.



Carolyn has experiences with classical composition and as a Clairvoyant Reader and Energy Healer and these experiences have clearly helped her to create mystical and visual landscapes with her music. Carolyn is a Chicago native who grew up playing the clarinet and organ. After playing in her high school orchestra for four years, she went on to receive her degree in Music Composition from Columbia College Chicago. Her style is dark, but beautifully filled with textured layers influenced by world culture and nature’s mysterious forces. Her compositions bear moments of writhing intensity and flowing release bathed in haunting vocals. The album Scenes Through the Magic Eye was released by Mythical Records on November 30th, 2014.


The album features 7 enchanting tracks:

  1. Circle Round
  2. Priestess of the Goddess
  3. Treasures Drowned
  4. Open Door
  5. Temple Moon
  6. Among the Stars
  7. Priestess of the Goddess (Ephemeral Mists Remix)


In addition to Rasplyn, Carolyn is incredibly busy.  She co-founded and directed the Logan Square New Music Ensemble with long time friend and composer Matthew Mehawich from 2011 through 2013. The LSNME was a grass-roots chamber group who performed music written by local contemporary composers in Chicago. Carolyn also composed and played clarinet for the ensemble.

On occasion, Carolyn also composes for short films and video projects that have ranged from safari videos, to documentaries, and from Asian themed video game projects to fantasy. She composed music and supervised music production for 'Everything Tastes Better', which won the 2010 Chicago 48 Hr. Film Project for Best Film, Best Music, and 8 other awards. In 2011 she composed the score for 'Lighter Lightness', a short film produced by Resolution Digital Studios with direction by Mitch Apley, and in 2014 she won the award for Best Musical Score at the Chicago 48 Hr. Film Project, for the second time, with R Underground's entry 'Faces'.

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Originally posted by Emma Sheridan on Femetalism.