Evocative eastern violin meets ethereal sub-textures. Nyxyss is the creative collaboration between violinist/composer Hannah Thiem (Copal | Halytha Music) and producer/DJ Haj Ji (Sub Swara | Hobo Kings). The music is lush and compelling, exploring the melodic aspects of dubstep and cinematic IDM. Deep and evocative, Nyxyss is reminiscent of Arvo Pärt meets The xx.
Violinist and composer Hannah Thiem's mother introduced her to yoga many many years ago via a gorgeous yoga video by Ali MacGraw and Erich Schiffman, Yoga Mind and Body, which is visually and audibly stunning: Clean white sand and a cool predawn sky are the backdrop, with a soundtrack including Dead Can Dance. She's been hooked ever since. The first yoga class she accompanied was with Haj Ji for a special Yoga Soundscape in NYC with Aarona Pichinson, about six years ago. That was the beginning of their project Nyxyss, and has served as the base for the music they write and produce together.
The songs on the Nyxyss debut release of Memories of Dystopia set a mood and catch an inner sense of a place. It's been used in yoga classes to encourage flow and deep thought. Perhaps the music is a bit nostalgic—for a world lost, remembered and re-imagined.
For an exclusive music preview from Nyxyss (out officially on 12/12/12) – cinematic IDM / melodic dubstep crew + a free 3-track download of Memories of Dystopia, please click here. Visit Nyxyss online here. All songs available for streaming here.