Music is the stuff that dreams are made of.
Dreams are the stuff that music is made of.
This week's At Water's Edge explores the musical dreams from ambient composers all over the world. Golden, sweet, dark, daytime, dreams are where magic begins.
1. Cleveland Wehle - "Into the Mist" - Dream Diary - 2009 (2:51)
Cleveland Wehle is a Virginia (US) based musician specializing in slow, natural and atmospheric ambient music. His music is calm and serene, reflecting his love and appreciation for the music of Samuel Barber, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Erik Satie, Vangelis, David Lynch and Brian Eno.
Dream Diary is a beautiful album, worth listening to all the way through!
2. Juta Takahashi - "Daydream" - Remembrance - 2008 (18:39)
Japanese composer Juta (Jutaro) Takahashi was born in Miyagi, Japan in 1959, and then spent his childhood through his teenage years in Aomori. While a teenager, he was introduced to and became strongly influenced by progressive rock and synthesizer music that was considered to be avant-garde at that time. He went to Tokyo for school, and that’s where his music career started.
Although he was originally a guitarist and played rock music along the lines of King Crimson, which valued improvisation, he gradually devoted himself to electronic music. He now lives in Sendai, Miyagi and produces music using synthesizers and computers as an independent musician. Most of his inspiration comes from electronic/ambient musicians such as Brian Eno, Harold Budd, Vangelis and Pete Namlook. Though his music is largely beautiful, calm, emotional and melodious, every so often we can hear a suggestion of the aggressive sounds of his original musical background. He prefers analog instruments to digital ones, and his music composition mainly consists not of programming but improvisation. His first commercial album was released in August, 2007, and he has since released nine more.
Remembrance is his third album, and of this track, "Daydream", he writes: "What is the reality, and what is non-reality?"
3. Na-Koja-Abad - "Traversing the Dusk" - Dreamfall ~ Veils and Visions - 2007 (24:59)
Hailing from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Muamer started to use the alias Na-Koja-Abad in 2002. Translated it means Land of Nowhere, which is a term coined by the twelfth-century Persian mystic Sohrawardi to describe a place that is everywhere, and yet nowhere, a realm of spirituality where existence is solemnly suspended, not reflected on anything but itself.
The reason he choose this name was out of his interest in Sufism and shamanism, which also led him to the kind of music he makes today: trancey, tribal ambient.
Instrumentation: Frame drums, hand drums, shakers, rattles, and rainsticks, pebbles, sand and shells, Digeridoo, vocals, soundscapes, textures, drones, natural ambience, samples (guitar from Spectrasonics Bizarre Guitar, flutes, additional vocals), treatment.
4. Altus - "Amid Dreams" - Excursion Two - 2009 (37:56)
Be gentle, O hands of a child;Be true: like a shadowy seaIn the starry darkness of nightAre your eyes to me.But words are shallow, and soonDreams fade that the heart once knew;And youth fades out in the mind,In the dark eyes too.What can a tired heart say,Which the wise of the world have made dumb?Save to the lonely dreams of a child,"Return again, come!"Walter de la Mare
Altus is Canadian ambient artist Mike Carss, based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
5. Disturbed Earth - "Dreamswept" - Dreamswept - 2007 (29:59)
Disturbed Earth (aka Dean Richards) has been creating his own, intensely personal music since 1976. A veteran with 80 releases to his name, Dean has worked with many artists including Steve Brand, Vir Unis, Peter James, Igneous Flame, Savo, pixyblink and Louis Webb.
Says Dean, “Since leaving High School in 1976, I have always worked in this music world, pursued and realized things that some call dreams, and I live with the consequences of choices I’ve made.