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Our 2nd full length record, originally released in 2010.


Music heard so deeply
That it is not heard at all, but you are the music
While the music lasts.
— T S Eliot, “The Dry Salvages”

TAO isn't a metaphysical principle, or even a philosophy. Ultimately all definitions fall by the Wayside. Lydia is a bit like this.

If we really want, we can well describe Lydia in time — the waves and pulses, echoes and beats, ethereal voices and horns. We can divide up the chromatic elements that interweave and undulate. We can even step out of the music and witness a mental image, like projections on a screen. It could be sunlit concentric circles mingling on a pond surface, an elaborate interference pattern, a Moiré-like illusion of movement. And there Lydia takes form, ready for filing as just another experience, an already fading memory. We thought the music, inside out.

The problem with descriptions is that they separate us from Lydia, which isn't anything but Lydia. The sounds aren't of something else. There is no meaning in the rhythm — the meaning is the rhythm. Even ersatz is suchness. But it cannot be had by effort of will. So just listen. Hear how a chord has far-flung effects, hear how the silence manifests — the sound of silence. Cease to remember or anticipate, feel each note reverberate as quiescence in motion, in endless transformation. When rest and no rest cease to be, then even oneness disappears.

If this all sounds meaningless, the thing has been grasped. It was nothing special after all.

Just listen.

- Tim Hardwick, 2010.

Tao Te Ching

Attain complete emptiness,
Hold fast to stillness.

The ten thousand things stir about;
I only watch for their going back.

Things grow and grow,
But each goes back to its root.
Going back to the root is stillness.
This means returning to what is.
Returning to what is
Means going back to the ordinary.

Understanding the ordinary:
Not understanding the ordinary:
Blindness creates evil.

Understanding the ordinary:
Mind opens.

Mind opening leads to compassion,
Compassion to nobility,
Nobility to heavenliness,
Heavenliness to TAO.

TAO endures.
Your body dies.

There is no danger.

— Lao Tzu —


released January 1, 2010

Ben Johnson, Jim Cornick


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Ersatz UK

Ersatz is a project by multi-instrumentalists Ben Johnson and Jim Cornick. They have worked together on various projects for over a decade, and have been writing music as Ersatz for the last eight years. Over that time they have released four albums and three EPs. They have made records as part of The Hopeful Lonely and Glow, and have also both produced solo records.
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