Auracle was created to calm the mind and body. The music invites you to slow down and relax in its ambient textures. Let your mind revitalize in these sonic environments.
"If Brian Eno's name were switched with Maneki Neko's in the credits of Auracle, it wouldn't be noticed. Not because no one's listening, but rather because the ethereal soundscapes produced by Maneki Neko...parallel Eno's ambient Thursday Afternoon, Music for Airports. Yet here, Eno's experimental tack is supplanted by Mikula's spiritual searching. Melodies emit from prayer bells, gongs, and reed and bamboo flutes, while layers of drones and synth splashes build the filo dough foundation. Not surprising given its name, "Drifting Between Stars" hits like Eno/Lanois/Eno's Apollo: Atmospheres & Soundtracks, whereas "The Road to Madurai" sounds like an outtake from Peter Gabriel's soundtrack to The Last Temptation of Christ..."
Austin Chronicle, review by David Lynch
"The sound design is exquisite and allows for sharp focus with free-form expression... This is an excellent CD from a newcomer to the community. It approaches, achieves and supersedes greatness." Awareness Magazine, review by Jim Brenholts
"Auracle is meditation music at it's grandest. There's something about this music that goes beyond words." Innerchange Magazine, review by Ron Rudin
"This is meditative music at its finest, a musical revelation that will delight those looking for unique yoga music or an introspective backdrop for meditation or healing." Mysteries Magazine, review by Richard Mackenzie
released August 9, 2005
Produced by Maneki Neko
Songs Composed by Al Mikula
Engineer/Mixing: Al Mikula
Mastered by Jerry Tubb at Terra Nova Digital Audio
Cover Photograph: Al Mikula
Artwork design: Heather Foeh