Hannah Peel on ‘Mary Casio’ and her Space Mind Expanders playlist

Hannah Peel’s new album Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia is the Society of Sound release for July and recounts the story of an unknown elderly, pioneering, electronic musical stargazer and her dream to see Cassiopeia for herself. In this blog Hannah gives some more insight into the inspiration for writing Mary Casio’s story and provides an additional soundtrack of music that she describes as her favorite ‘Space Mind Expanders’.

“We have a hundred billion neurons in our brains, as many as there are stars in a galaxy” – Theoretical physicist and author Carlo Rovelli.

I used to have these unexpected moments when my mind just stopped what it was doing and forced me take time to look around. Usually it was on a packed street or on the underground. Quite often untimely, like when I was late, in a rush and or hadn’t the time to spare. The only way I can describe it is by saying it’s like the type of moment that comes when you’re on a train or a passenger in a car. You’re looking out through the window as the world whizzes past you: every person you see is on a separate journey and every brain is thinking different thoughts. These moments remind me that each individual on this little blue blip in the universe lives everyday with their own passions, beliefs and intentions – all living life as best as we all individually know how.

I used to think it was stress or panic that did it, but lately I think it’s something else. Like a deep yearning to go elsewhere: be away from the noise, the traffic and to step out of a comfort zone and change something. Hence why I created Mary Casio. I wanted to try and imagine as closely possible what it would be like to go on a space journey without actually leaving.

These tracks are my favorite ‘Space Mind Expanders’. They are what I turn to when I need some clear space to think and see through all the noise and digital terrain that increasingly encompasses life. They are also the tracks that make me laugh and let me dream of where it is possible to go next. From the choral pieces of Avro Pärt to Julianna Barwick; Harold Budd’s incredible collaboration with the Cocteau Twins to Moondog’s Single Foot – this is a journey for the mind.

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