“Expanding Electricity” Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

"Expanding Electricity" by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is Northern Transmissions Song of the Day
"Expanding Electricity" by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith has not only made musical albums over the past few years. The multi-artist has focused her energy in several directions. She founded Touchtheplants, a multidisciplinary creative environment for projects including her modular synth work Tides: Music for Meditation and Yoga and the first volumes in her instrumental Electronic Series and pocket-sized poetry books on the practice of listening within. She’s continued to explore the endless possibilities of electronic instruments as well as the shapes, movements, and expressions found in the physical body’s relationship to sound and color.

Her forthcoming release The Mosaic of Transformation, is described as a sensorial glide through unbound wave phenomena and the radiant power discovered within oneself. The album is set for a May 15th release via Ghostly International, with the 10 minute rapturous sonic collage “Expanding Electricity” out today on all digital platforms. The album can be pre-ordered here.

Smith’s tour starts on March 16th, supporting Caribou through the US and Europe. See below for the full list of dates. “I guess in one sentence, this album is my expression of love and appreciation for electricity,” says Smith. While writing and recording, she embraced a daily practice of physical movement, passing electricity through her body and into motion, in ways reflecting her audio practice, which sends currents through modular synthesizers and into the air through speakers. Not a dancer by any traditional definition, she taught herself improvisatory movement realizing flexibility, strength, and unexpectedly, what Smith calls “a visual language” (the term was introduced to her by filmmaker Sean Hellfritsch) stemming from the human body and comprised of vibrational shapes. Understood as cymatics, as she says, “as a reference for how frequencies can be visualized,” much like a mosaic.

Smith describes her first encounters with this mosaic; “the inspiration came to me in a sudden bubble of joy. It was accompanied by a multitude of shapes that were moving seamlessly from one into the other…My movement practice has been a constant transformation piece by piece. I made this album in the same way. Every day I would transform what I did yesterday…into something else. This album has gone through about 12 different versions of itself.”

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
The Mosaic of Transformation
Ghostly International
Track List:

Unbraiding Boundless Energy Within Boundaries
Remembering
Understanding Body Messages
The Steady Heart
Carrying Gravity
The Spine Is Quiet In The Center
Overflowing
Deepening The Flow Of
Expanding Electricity

Pre-order The Mosaic of Transformation here

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Live Dates

3-16 CA HAMILTON The Studio
3-17 CA TORONTO Danforth
3-20 US CHICAGO Riviera
3-21 US DETROIT Saint Andrews Hall
3-22 CA OTTAWA Bronson Centre
3-23 CA MONTREAL M Telus
3-24 US BOSTON House of Blues
3-25 US PHILADELPHIA Union Transfer
3-26 US WASHINGTON 9:30 Club
3-27 US BROOKLYN Brooklyn Steel
3-30 UK Brighton The Dome
04-01 UK Liverpool Invisible Wind Factory
04-02 UK Leeds Stylus Academy
04-03 UK Manchester Victoria Warehouse
04-04 UK Glasgow Barrowland
04-05 UK Birmingham 02 Academy
04-06 UK Bristol 02 Academy
04-07 UK London Brixton 02 Academy
04-21 DE Hamburg Grosse Freiheit
04-22 DE Leipzig Werk 2
04-23 CZ Prague Forum Karlin
04-24 AT Vienna Gasometer
04-25 DE Munich Muffathalle
04-26 CH Zurich Kaufleuten
04-28 DE Köln Ewerk
04-29 NL Utrecht Tivoli Ronda
04-30 BE Brussels Nuits Botanique / Chapiteau – Botanique
07-11 IRL Dublin Iveagh Gardens
08-15 DE Berlin Zitadelle / Caribou and Friends

All dates with Caribou