My New Ambient-Chillout Track — Nova Spire – Hypnagogia – [2015]

I’ve been busy creating and preparing all kinds of new music. While also practicing a lot more guitar and keys. I have been writing some posts for the future as well.

Here is a track of several I created late April this year, I have added it as a bonus to my Ambient album, Aesthete.

This track, ‘Hypnagogia’ was inspired by those out-of-body-like experiences and visuals that you see prior to sleeping. When your mind is churning and is unrested but your body is much calmer and already in a state like paralysis.

Hypnagogia is the experience of the transitional state from wakefulness to sleep: the hypnagogic state of consciousness, during the onset of sleep. In opposition, hypnopompia denotes the onset of wakefulness. The related words from the Greek are agōgos “leading”, “inducing”, pompe“act of sending”, and hypnos “sleep”.

Mental phenomena that occur during this “threshold consciousness” phase include lucid dreaming, hallucinations, and sleep paralysis.

The music is a symbolic reflection, the padded elements represent your body, it is soothed and comforted in a lower state. While the beat and the bits of percussion and keyboard elements dance along and jive to a mindbrain that is at a higher frequency rate, say – Theta or Alpha.

What I attempted to achieve with the sounds, pattern and textures was to create auditory illusions and hallucinations. I wanted to achieve a kind of auditory moire effect, through the fluttering, tremolo, gated effects and stereo expansion to make it seem as though, audio/visuals are expanding beyond your peripheral and immediate perception.

Moiré effect is a visual perception that occurs when viewing a set of lines or dots that is superimposed on another set of lines or dots, where the sets differ in relative size, angle, or spacing. The moiré effect can be seen when looking through ordinary window screens at another screen or background. It can also be generated by a photographic or electronic reproduction, either deliberately or accidentally.

Moiré effect can produce interesting and beautiful geometric patterns. However, the phenomenon degrades the quality and resolution of graphic images. Problems occur when a screened image, such as is found in a newspaper, is directly photographed and then the photograph is reprinted in screened format. It can also occur when the image from a computer display is reproduced by photographic means and then rendered in a screened or dot-matrix format. The fine matrix of dots in the original image almost invariably conflicts with the matrix of dots in the reproduction. This generates a characteristic criss-cross pattern on the reproduced image.

The talking in the end suggests that sleeping is a lone activity and that is tragic because of it. But I took it out of context for the track.

The whole idea is rather abstract. However, you can interpret it however you wish.

I hope you enjoy, Have a great week!

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