Lucid Ground - 8mb
There is a lot of background to this piece, so please bear with me.
For almost 20 years, I have been doing something called Lucid Dreaming. The short explanation is that one can train themselves to recognize when they are dreaming, and "waken" their consciousness while asleep. This allows them to continue through the dream with the knowledge that nothing in it is real, as well as afford some wonderful opportunities to explore any kind of world one wants. Many people use it as a safe place to practice sports or even music.
This piece is written as a meditation and lucid dreaming aid, and is designed to put your body and mind into a restful state while occasionally giving a little flick to the brain to remind you to remain conscious. I used the voices of 12 lucid dreamers (including myself), whose voices remind you to question whether you are awake or dreaming. It is remembering to ask this question that can bring a dreamer into lucidity.
This piece is meant to be listened to with headphones and without outside distraction of any sort if possible. Phones that fit entirely over the ear are best, but earbuds are acceptable. One reason for the headphones is that I've used binaural beats woven into the texture of the music. In addition to their supposed effect the complex and ever-changing overtones of prepared piano, cymbals, gongs, and bells collide with the pure sine tones of the binaural beats to make them vibrate in interesting ways. The beat frequency itself moves slowly from 8.2 Hz to 7 Hz, which is right on the border between Alpha and Theta brain waves... right at the cusp of sleep.
I managed to use five Garritan products in this one piece, as well as Kontakt libraries, StormDrum, and Reaktor. Here's the final instrumentation:
Rhodes electric piano
Bass drum, gongs, cymbals, tubular bells, taiko drums, djembe
Voices of dreamers
The piano, prepared piano, and drums are further processed through a full-pedal piano resonance.
Anyone who might have an interest in lucid dreaming should take a look at the online community I belong to. All of the voices come from the members there. If nothing else, you'll get to read my overly-revealing online dream journal.