Our new album “432” is now available for digital download through CD Baby.   There will be physical copies available in a few weeks, and the album will be on all digital platforms (itues, spotify, etc) in about a month.  Be the first to hear the new music!

The River Pilots 432


True to The River Pilots creative process, 432 is a product of spontaneous improvisation and collective composition. Inspired by Tanya’s newly acquired Spirit Drum, we set out to create music that harmonically and rhythmically contextualized the unique instrument. While many of our previous albums have utilized timbre and a wide variety of instruments as compositional tools, in this adventure we kept the instrumentation consistent to really explore the harmonic and rhythmic ways in which the Spirit Drum could be played and played along with. 

This itself was an enlightening challenge as Spirit Drums are tuned to A=432hz. In physical terms, this means that the note A is vibrating at a rate of 432 beats per minute, as opposed to the more commonly accepted tuning of A=440 hz where is vibrates slightly faster, as well as every so slightly higher in pitch. In practical terms, this meant choosing instruments that we could easily adjust to this lower tuning, so Carlie stayed on the acoustic bass, and Todd on the acoustic guitar. With the generous support of the Spirit Drum makers, we were able to utilize multiple drums in various key centers, but all in the same tuning system. In energetic terms, it meant so much more. 432hz is said to resonate in alignment with nature, and multiples of this frequency are found everywhere in the natural world, from electromagnetic waves under the Earth’s surface all the way to our individual DNA helix’s. It is believed that playing music at this frequency helps our body to resonate in harmony with nature, helping us to release emotional blockages, providing healing energy and promoting feelings of peace, relaxation and calm within the body, 

This connection to healing music inspired us to explore some of the musical material from Tanya’s drumming and wellness program “Rhythmic Re-framing.” We also used rhythmic ostinati from our collective musical vocabulary as a starting framework on which to hang harmonic structures and melodic phrases. And of course, in River Pilots fashion, we allowed ourselves to be guided by the spirit of the moment and our musical intuition. We invite you to sit back, sink into your seat and allow the sound waves of 432 to wash over and move through every little cell. 

Our project Delta – a graphic novel and 16 track album – has been published and is now available!

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