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For the Record is a conversation series where we speak with all manner of music heads — DJs, music journos, indie label captains, record shop owners, listening bar kingpins, et al — about their stories + the music that makes them.

Lani Trock

Lani Trock is an interdisciplinary artist based in Los Angeles. Bridging the physical, - through participatory, improvisational music & movement, inside sculptural, immersive installations, - with the virtual - through archival research, digital gardens, & experimental audiovisuals, this work is made in service of our planetary evolution into biosphere consciousness.
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This way of seeing is grounded in the understanding that everything is alive, has spirit, and that together, we all coexist as an interconnected, symbiotic organism. In this interwoven worldview, all aspects are honored as sacred, and equally essential for their unique contribution to the collective whole. This perspective creates an impetus to reorient our societal systems towards collective wellbeing. Here lives her central intention, to make art that touches spirit, transforms consciousness, and manifests peace on earth.

With a practice centered in harmonious world building, she frequently utilizes fragile, evolving and ephemeral materials, in the creation of sacred space, to imagine the story of new earth. Concepts such as regenerative stewardship, decentralized power, and a novel social architecture built on open-source software, create the building blocks for imaginal institutions, rooted in an ethos of care, that ground these radical potentials into form. New local currencies, with cooperative & circular economics embedded in their code could sustainably fund public goods, manifest a more beautiful world, and improve the conditions of life on this planet for us all. This work envisions alternative future paradigms that embody a cultural shift away from scarcity, commodification and competition, in favor of abundance, collaboration and mutual benefit.

Music Mentions

Creative deception (13:14):

Evolution of self as an artist, community involvement (21:00):


How do you discover music today (31:00):

Three artists of note discovered in the past year (35:55):

Most under-appreciated artist from your favorite music decade (50:33):

Desert Island Discs (54:53):