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Alyson Calagna and the Goddess of Complete Being
by Steve Ralls
In his monumental work Shakespeare and the Goddess of Complete Being, Ted
Hughes posits that the world’s greatest known playwright had an ancient inspiration
that drove his work: An “equation,” of sorts, that connected his most remarkable plays
to an ingrained, Jung-like consciousness of the cycle of life and the mythological
dances of gods and goddesses.
That shared, ancient experience, Hughes believed, added elements to Shakespeare’s
plays that made them subconsciously compelling to his audience and readers.
The same can almost certainly be said of a new project launched last month by South
Florida’s own Alyson Calagna. The internationally acclaimed spin doctor – who
recently returned from a performance in Rome – debuted her new sound,
Omtronica, in a release,
made available, for free, to
seekers around the web,
and the world.
Like the “primordial throb”
that drove Shakespeare’s
great plays forward,
Omtronica combines high
energy and enlightenment,
to move beyond any
listeners have ever
experienced before. The
inaugural collection –
available at www.
omtronica.com – is part
poetry and part party.
From Rumi to
Rachmaninoff . . . from
Maharishi to Madonna and
beyond . . . sound and
rhythm have been revered
throughout time for their
power to cultivate
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That tradition fuels Calagna’s vision for her new
“Omtronica represents the unlimited powerful
connection of source through sound,” she explained.
“Whether I create a track that has Gospel influence or
Buddhist influence, it still represents Om and the
intention that drives it.”
Translation? Calagna’s new work relishes sensuality
and elevates the soul.
Just as Shakespeare tuned his own senses to the
oracles of past – and turned Venus and Adonis into a
rich and voluptuous Tempest – Calagna makes
primordial dance into something divine.
With Omtronica, she moves the meaningful sound to
the fore, with universal, ancient echoes that conjure
up a mystical and moving Goddess of Complete
Being . . . and that bring the future of dance to the floor
for a timeless moment, recalled right now.
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“Om, or Aum, is a
Sanskrit word that
stems from Hinduism,”
Calagna said. “Om in
a whole represents
source, God, light, or
however you view that
field. Musically, it is
said to be the sound
of the universe, the
most sacred mantra.”