Sonic Alchemical Awareness
Illuminertia is an audio-visual creation conceived and created in 2005 by Beat Architect, Singer, Songwriter, Music Lover Modean in San Fransisco. Modean is in all hopes a happy, healthy, musician, educator, massager, reflexology studying, comedian, artist human that loves to get nerdy with arranging beats and melodies. His true music love story began in 1998 in his small winter village hometown of Ogden, Utah at his buddy Curtis Critchlow's (C-Low's) parents garage. It was C-Low who bought a basic beat machine from the local thrift store and began laying down tracks on a little four track tape recorder. One auspicious night Modean found himself gripping an old gold spray painted microphone. It was the first C-Low and Modean production in history. C-Low's beats were definitely inspired by hip hop legends like the Digable Planets and other marvelous musicians of our era. Modean's first ever recorded verse was, "Tiggedy Tap Tappin Engage In the Source, Like Luke Skywalker I'll be Using the Force." It was at that moment that the musical journey began and it wasn't long before other musical instruments began to gather in the garage. After that the music heads began to collect like particles and jam on a regular basis. Like many organic musical coagulations it started out as a trio with Chris Kelley (Ck) on the Star Drum Kit, C-Low on Bass and Eric Dean Montross (Modean) on Keys and Guitars. A bit later Preacher Man Dan & EJP jumped in on the technical mic to mic lyrical maneuvering. The quintet called themselves Audible and prided themselves on being an original, jazzy, lyrically technical, live hip hop collaboration. There was nothing else remotely like it going on in Ogden at the time so they pretty much had the market cornered (ha ha). Trully, the only place to play in Ogden was a dive bar called Kamakazees and the world famous peanut bar Beatniks located on historical 25th Street in downtown Ogden, Ut. It was known to be the spot where the notorious Jack Kerouac hopped off the train and kicked around the black market back in the 50's. Beatniks was run by Brad Wheeler who booked all of the international blues acts that would come through town on there way to the west coast. Brad would also accompany most of these amazingly soulful blues musicians on harmonica. Anyhow, Modean's first band Audible rocked the peanut shack on many a smokey night and this ruckus went on for about 4 to 5 years. They also cut a couple of albums in the process (Transcendentalfloss & One And The Many) but ended up decomposing in a very cliche dramatic band break up fashion. After a few heart wrenching goodbyes Modean decided he'd better pack up the old portable studio and head for San Francisco. It was there that he would go on a musical club hopping rampage and soak up the diverse world influenced music & art scene that he so lacked in the ultra conservative state of Utah. Coincidentally he did end up bumping into the touring bass player for the Digable Planets Bubba Jones and the two of them ended up collaborating on an album entitled Interconnect Project. After that it was in a tiny downtown San Francisco studio playing alongside drummer Ives that Illuminertia was born. You could call it Experimental Hip Hop Soul Music. Poetic World Soul Hop might also suffice. Either way it's genre perplexing music that aims to dump infinite buckets of love, wisdom & holistic health on all those who engage in it. It is our hope that a billion gigabytes of heart felt passion be uploaded into the hard drive of your soul. Or....high fives and hugs perhaps? You decide.