“Cymatika is the study of visual sound. They’ll put sand on a plate that is hooked up to wires and with certain sounds, vibration goes through to the plate and creates a geometric shape out of the sand. You’ll go from C note to D note and when you change the note, the sand’s formation changes. When you go back to C, the sand goes back to its original formation. It’s fascinating.
As humans, we’re all energy and light and spirit; and sound plays a part in that because sound is simply vibrating energy. That’s what this album is about…about life and who we are, not being afraid to be who we are, and not forgetting our spirit.”
Articles on Cymatika Vol. I
Album title: Cymatika Vol. 1
First single: “Firestarter” (Due TBA). Possibly not the single anymore.
Album sounds like: “Trance and electronic,” says Ameriie. “80′s new wave, but not in the sense of the sound, particularly, but more so the song structures themselves.”
Ameriie also mentioned fusing Acid House on Cymatika in another interview.
“Even with vocal approach, some of the songs my sister listened to and she didn’t even know it was me. I wanted to experiment with androgyny. Some of the ways I was singing, it’s kind of androgynous. I felt like, if we strip away who we are on the outside physically including gender… ultimately, we are spirits that have no gender.”
Producers: Andre Harris of hit R&B duo Dre & Vidal. “He did probably a majority of [the album],” Ameriie says.
She’s also been in the studio with producer/engineer Riley Urick, who in addition to producing for The Cheetah Girls and Tyrese, has also worked with uber-successful K-Pop label JYP Entertainment, home of Wonder Girls and 2PM.
Collaborations: Tiger JK of famed South Korean/American hip-hop group Drunken Tiger, who appears on a Korean remix of buzz single “Outside Your Body”.
“There’s another song I wrote called “Sodom and G,” like Sodom and Gomorrah. The song on the surface is about a broken relationship. It’s destroyed. I compare that to the fiery destruction the city of Sodom and Gomorrah [faced]. I used the biblical story as an example as far as looking back that, I’m looking back at everything I left behind. The twist in “Sodom and G” is that, because I’m so into ancient astronaut theory, [I included] the theory that extraterrestrials were here in ancient times and helped build the pyramids. It’s also the idea that Sodom and Gomorrah wasn’t destroyed by a fire ball, but was actually destroyed by nuclear weapons from extraterrestrials. People might be like, “What?!” but I use a lot of layers when I’m writing; I like to really layer. Its fun for me as an artist and it really allows me to get into it and tell the story I want to tell.”
On recording in DNA Repairing Frequency: "To record in 528 [Hz] you have to have specific equipment. Everything we have right now is dissonant. The way everything's tuned, everything is on a frequency that is not in tune with nature. If you go to certain websites, you can hear songs in the one frequency we use now. Everything we listen to right now is actually dissonant." http://www.billboard.com/column/the-...05277642.story
AMERIIE EXPLORES FREEDOM, ANDROGYNY, & NEW WORLD ORDER ON NEW ALBUM
Ameriie breaks out of the box and explores new territory on her fifth album Cymatika, Vol. 1, which includes unorthodox topics ranging from ancient astronaut theory to androgyny to new world order mixed with elements of trance, electronic, house, heavy drums, and new wave.
“There’s a song about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah with extraterrestrials destroying them with nuclear weapons,” explained the Georgetown grad of “Sodom & G.” “I don’t feel like that’s really been done.”
Other tracks include the mechanical “Intimidation,” “Run for Cover,” and the likely first single “FireStarter (Private Dancer).” “I really wanted to talk about thehuman experience,” shared Ameriie. “I wanted to talk about other stuff, but in a way that’s still listenable.”
Rap-Up.com spoke with the newly married singer about what we can expect from her genre-bending album.
How would you describe Cymatika, Vol. 1?
This album is pretty much trance, electronic, elements of house, heavy drums—not hip-hop in that sense, but drums that knock—and new wave with classic song structure. I probably finished about 80% of the project. Now what I’ve been focusing on is creating songs that really have strong essence of each of those elements in one song. I used dubstep ’cause I love the gritty sound of it. That’s my challenge right now is to take all of these five elements and combine them into one record.
A lot of the topics are about us as human beings—who we really are on that level, not a physical level. One thing I was experimenting with from a vocal aspect was androgyny and approaching the vocal in an androgynous fashion. To me it represents the dropping away of the veil of what’s physical and on a spiritual level, we’re not really men or women or age, we’re ageless eternal spirits without gender, without sex, so the androgyny symbolizes that—and of course it’s fun. A lot of the songs don’t really sound like me. I think I’m gonna have to start putting out albums every year because that’s the only way I can keep up with myself creatively. Albums are bookmarks of where I am creatively. I really want to put out more albums.
Who are you working with?
Riley Urick. He’s really talented. He has a great ear for what you want and he works with a crew of guys too. I worked with Andre Harris, formerly of Dre & Vidal. He did about half of the album.
Does the album have a theme?
The theme of the album is what it means to be human. I have songs about not being intimidated by society and what people think you should be, not wanting to be chic, kinda wanting to have your own identity and not feel like you have to follow the crowd. I also talk about self-suppression and how sometimes we suppress the feelings that we have or the ideas that we have. I’m into ancient astronaut theory, so I’ve combined my love for that into a song called “Sodom & G.” I basically compare the end of a relationship to the end of those cities. I make reference to me wanting to look back at the relationship when I still want to hold on just for a little bit longer before I totally relinquish it. Underneath that layer is the layer that Sodom and Gomorrah is not just being destroyed, but is being destroyed by nuclear weapons—all in a very listenable song.
How was the recording process different from the past?
I love to create moods and create sounds. Music is all vibration so I love to experiment. When you break out of a genre, you really have the freedom to do whatever you want. In all my situations, I’ve always had creative freedom so I never felt like the label was trying to get me to do something. However, it wasn’t until I really, really felt free that I realized that I felt a freedom that I didn’t even feel before when I felt free before. Right now, the page that I’m on is I’ma do what I want, and I always felt like I was like that. I do what I want and how I want to do it. There were parts of me that weren’t really ready to totally do what I wanted. No one else was holding me back. It was just myself. It’s kinda like [one of the new tracks] “Run for Cover,” it’s like running from yourself and you’ll eventually run out of places to hide.
What inspired you this time around?
The things that inspired me on this album were everything from fire to the color red to any indigenous people, like with the chanting on “Sodom & G.” Also machines and machinery to ideas of new world order to who we are as spiritual beings. I was like, ‘F– it. I’ma do what I want.’ I don’t care if it sounds really crazy.
What can you share about the first single, “FireStarter (Private Dancer)”?
On the surface, it’s about having fun, dancing the night away basically. A certain part of the song is fun, but it also speaks to our “look at me” culture a little bit. It’s kinda how everyone wants to be in the spotlight, not necessarily being in entertainment, just in some form. And kinda like how the world is a stage and how we are all the creator of our own reality. The hook goes, “‘Cause everybody in this whole wide world wants to be somebody in this world.” It’s very subtle, I don’t go deep into it like in the other songs.
Let’s talk about “Intimidation”…
When I did the vocals on “Intimidation,” that was different. When I hear that song, I hear stark warehouse, people being systematically programmed into doing certain things every day, living in the system, living in the matrix, living under certain rules. When you live under certain guidelines and rules, eventually you’ll adopt them yourself and then you don’t have to control the population because everyone controls themselves. It has this driving beat, it’s like a big, heavy beat, but it almost feels like machinery.
What do you hope people take from this album?
For this project, people will really know me because it’s not just about romance, it’s about other stuff in general and what I believe. If they listen to the CD, they can actually come away with it and say, “I know her and what she’s about.” http://www.rap-up.com/2011/07/25/qa-...-on-new-album/
Updated Album News
AMERIIE TO FUSE ACID HOUSE, TRANCE, & NEW WAVE ON CYMATIKA, VOL I.
Ameriie records new album in dna repairing frequency
@ItsAmeriie *beautiful* to witness what you r up 2, Love! have u thought of doing your new album in 58hz? a suggestion http://www.528records.com
@djchela ! That's actually what I'm doing for vol 2. Going2 get the software that retunes the equiptment/machines. Yes girlie!!
Love signal is a healing audio and visual meditation with music, sacred geometry and Solfeggio frequency 528 Hz, the miraculous frequency for transformation and DNA repair.
There is a special sound and color of love according to Dr. Horowitz, a Harvard-trained award-winning investigator. Broadcasting the right frequency can help open your heart, prompt peace, and hasten healing. "We now know the love signal, 528 Hertz, is among the six core creative frequencies of the universe because math doesn't lie, the geometry of physical reality universally reflects this music; these findings have been independently derived, peer reviewed, and empirically validated," Dr. Horowitz says. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v2CvZ...layer_embedded
Ameriie signs with new publicist for upcoming “pop” album.
The new PR company goes by the name Lucid Group and their clients include a host of high profile names in the music industry such as Alexandra Burke and Shakira. Stone has even shed some light on the direction of Amerie’s upcoming new album ‘Cymatica Vol. 1? as well as the upcoming new single.
“I am so excited to be working with the super talented Ameriie again! I love this new thing of being able to look after non-Sony artists” she says “I love her too! New album is a pop album and first single is amazing!”
Ameriie still in the studio with "Checkmates"
In the lab makin heaters with @Riley_CMG & @itsameriie
@kennysays @riley_cmg @itsameriie dog she has some SUPER dope records.
@ZaireKoalo_CMG She has some dope music comin for y'all too
Just finished another song with @ItsAmeriie !!!! Her voice is amazing. No Auto tune needed over here
Making a smash wit Ameriie and Billy Schleifer right now!!!! #Checkmate
March 17 at 8:36pm
(Billy Schleifer is a guitarist)
Yup!!! Just finished another big song with Ameriie . Bout to do another session with 2 incredible writers. Lets goo!!
"Me and Ameriie got back on our music flow today!!! We actually are producing together for this latest joint. Sounds like the Himalayas mixed with Epic rock drums in the jungle with Slash rippin a solo while Toto does Backgrounds!!!! ya sumthin like that #Cymatika"
@KuRtisBlOwJR @ZaireKoalo_CMG Today i got Ameriie and Deiondra but tomorrow We can make it happen
LOS ANGELES, CA – Music producer/engineer Riley Urick and singer-songwriter, Trevion "Tempo" Stokes have combined their talent to form Checkmate Music Group, a music production company poised to take over the music industry by storm with the release of new projects from Romeo and The College Boyys, Lil' Mama and Brandy.
Urick and Tempo formed Checkmate Music Group to provide Hip Hop, R&B, Pop and Rock artists, as well as media companies, with a one-stop shop for innovative music production, writing, mixing, and mastering. Since founding the company, the duo has worked with an impressive roster of clients that also includes Soulja Boy, Teyana Taylor, Tierra Marie, Casha Monet, Kurtis Blow Jr. and Araci.
Ameriie Interview with Goom Radio
-No longer with Def Jam
-She talks about starting the process of mixing "New Wave, Acid House"
-"80's feel, although it's not an 80's album"
-"A couple of dance songs on the album, but it's not a dance album"
-"It might be two albums in one" http://www.davibemag.com/2011/03/int...rview-sur.html
J.Pop producer "BigFaceHide"
the j-pop producer submitted music
@BigFaceHiDE HiDE Kawada
If your unfamiliar with his work here is one of his many hits from his debut album "Switch Me Up"
Hip Hop Producer for T.I, 50 Cent & Lloyd Banks
TheRealGSparkz Mr. Melody
Look forward to working with the lovely @ItsAmeriie Upcoming ALbum is going to be #Phenominal Team SecretSpecialists is on it @MrCaviar
AMERIIE, SIA & RICH HARRISON?
"siamusic @PdotHALL @ItsAmeriie oh yeh! when are you back in the studio! i have some songs for you! let’s do a session with rich harrison."
Ameriie talks Independent Release, Concepts, & Features for Cymatika
Ameriie talks more about "Cymatika" in interview with Cotton Candy
CC: What does the title of your album, Cymatika, mean?
Ameriie: Well I changed the spelling from cymatics to Cymatika. Cymatics is the study of sounds. Sounds and vibrations have geometric shapes. And to me that’s a fact that opens up a whole door of the mysterious. To me music is a universal language. And music is vibrations. It causes people to feel happy, sad, excited or even ready to fight. (giggles) So I feel music really has [changed the shape] of our emotions; music is vibrations, and we are being exposed to those vibrations. To me, naming the album Cymatika is talking about the vibrations and really how the song speaks to us as human beings, the spiritual side versus physical. http://cottoncandymag.com/celebs/ame...ve-music-life/
Kanye West "Power" producer wants to work with Ameriie
SymbolycOne S1 (Symbolyc One)
@ItsAmeriie Hey Amerie! LETS WORK!!!!! Get at me! S1
AMERIIE RETURNS IN STUDIO WITH THE BUCHANANS
ItsAmeriie Ameriie 에므리
"#Ameriie #Buchanans #Cymatika #FeeniixRisingEnt @TheBuchanans @FeeniixRising
It seems like The Buchanans got dubs on first single! I hope its a crazy uptempo! Not here for ballads, we need a worldwide smash!"
"My wife @itsameriie is in a corner writing (no pen no pad) 2 ths trk she just co-produced. Its pitch black only light is cmptr screen #ismellasmashcomin. Go A!"
"We r gonna lace @ItsAmeriie wit epic monster like Sound! Be prepared"
"He does Dub-Step music."
"2AM, just rocked a killer record with @ItsAmeriie and @Drewlanester, give the ears some rest, tweak some production and mix it next week...."
Makeda, the songwriter behind crush, wants to work with A again
ItsAmeriie Ameriie 에므리
Yes! -RT @TheBuchanans: Let's do itRT @itsSTORY_: @ItsAmeriie @TheBuchanans WE all need to go in again ASAP!
Ameriie in studio with Hip-Hop producers J Wells!
"Good session the other night with 1500 and Amerie team. Working on some new magic for Amerie. #staytuned S/O to Lennie"
Twitter Feed Updates on Ameriie's Cymatika (majority being from herself)
Lenny (Her Husband & Manager)Tweeted
Very proud of @itsAmeriie. I'm loving #CYMATIKA it feels so good! everyone get #Outsideyourbody! Then #Runforcover! Don't b #intimidated!
I feel like tweeting a bunch of @itsAmeriie album quotes. Your pen game is incredible!! #CYMATIKA (been running for 1:30min w/ album on repeat!)
"Systematically set 2 dull your senses/all the smoke & the mirrors make it hard 2 see/if u don't go along with the consensus/then you're crazy but maybe that's the way to be...free" #Cymatika http://twitter.com/ItsAmeriie
And so happy that the artists I love working with so much will be part of outside edge. And a couple of new ones!
Her Ameriie's manager/fiance Rt'd the same thing.
Their clients include, Usher, Diddy,Prince, Amy Winehouse & AEG Live
How did you find/think to use that? lol! Anyhow, been inundated with work & biz mtgs, locking things in...thanks for the support!!
Next week is going to be an exciting week for the fans of one of the artists I look after. Wait and see who!