Modern Monday – A dream set to music part 1

January 2, 2012 in Modern Monday

This music was made last week while I was thinking about how long an actual REM pattern is when sleeping. I found out this via wikipedia:

REM sleep in adult humans typically occupies 20–25% of total sleep, about 90–120 minutes of a night’s sleep. REM sleep normally occurs close to morning.[4] During a normal night of sleep, humans usually experience about four or five periods of REM sleep; they are quite short at the beginning of the night and longer toward the end.

That means if I want to make a soundtrack to a dream, it should range from 18-30 minutes.

So I decided that I would explore one of my old dreams in the sonic spectrum:

This dream is from over 20 years ago. I was sleeping in a bunk bed in Colorado with a pack of boy scouts from my elementary school staying in an air force barracks. The mattresses were covered in plastic, and I remember my nylon sleeping bag slid off the mattress and I was rudely woken up by a loud THUD and me on the floor.

The dream started in a giant white room.  A very very big room with light coming from all directions except below.  The floor was solid white with raised white lines which marked the lane which I proceeded to follow.  Automatically, almost floating, I started moving forward.  I couldn’t move my head, so I was limited to what my eyes were able to see.   The lane was a part of a large athletic track shape, with one time around being a quarter mile.  At each end, there was a solid fluorescent neon light, one blue one pink.  These lights were washed out by the other white light that saturated the place, so they didn’t illuminate their surroundings.  In fact, they also made a humming sound, which I tried to capture in the music.

The dream was a little frightening and very irritating.  It created a strong sense of anxiety and lack of control.  I had not seen the movie THX1138 at this point in my life, but the movie reminded me of this dream

Here is a good image that fits the dream:

I used these 2 instruments I got myself for Christmas:

in LOGIC with a ULTRABEAT drum machine filtered through EFFECTRIX and some analogue synth samples played over ULTRABEAT with reverse reverb.