Electronica and atmospheric soundtracks created to inspire and encourage awareness of ecological, environmental and humanitarian issues and to empower understanding.
By producer Glyn MacLean (occasionally featuring vocals by Yulia MacLean.)
I composed "Awaken" one Sunday afternoon upon seeing the plight of NZ dolphins caught up in Japanese Scientific Research ship nets.
I have been fortunate in my lifetime to grow up on West Auckland's surf beaches, Whatipu and Piha. I lived on Waiheke Island for 2 years, swimming long distance every day, often up to 1km off shore. I would swim around the coast from Oneroa to Palm Beach and became attuned to the ocean.
A long distance swimmer "breathes" in the "scent" of the sea. Over the years I noticed that the "taste" of the New Zealand ocean was changing. I could actually smell the pollution increasing in the water.
Not long after, Takapuna and Browns Bay in Auckland temporarily closed the beaches to swimming because of pollution. In many places in New Zealand it has become unsafe to swim because of the toxicity of our ocean water.
As for me, I was only a brief visitor to the ocean and did not live there. I could make the decision to no longer swim in toxic oceans. I could leave. After all, the ocean is not my home.
This is not so for our marine life and dolphins.
In my lifetime I have seen shell fish banned because it is toxic. I have seen swimming banned from beaches.
I wonder... is this ok?
I can not change the world.
I can only change myself.
And so I realise that if I can inspire myself to change, to contribute something positive, then perhaps I can inspire others to also consider what we each can do.
I am using what talents I have to communicate how I feel about the lack of respect our world's leadership has for ensuring our oceans have a future.
And when I walk along a beach, I will pick up rubbish. I will try not to pour chemicals down the drain. I will try to buy ecologically friendly products whenever I can.
I will continue to care.
Enjoy the music.