Remnants From A Lost Time

by The Light Dreams

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1.
Apricity 04:00
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Artefact 05:41
3.
Estivation 04:58
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Decay 03:46
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Frondescence 05:02
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Petrichor 03:49
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Ruin 05:23
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Glades 02:39
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Still 04:45
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Deluge 04:09

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"Synaesthesia is a perceptual condition in which the stimulation of one sense triggers an automatic and involuntary experience of another, such as the ability to “see” sounds, “taste” words or in more extreme cases, experience feelings or physical sensations with particular associations, such as certain smells or colours.

"It was in 1997 that I first realised this phenomenon I had always experienced actually had a name – so many things suddenly made sense, such as the way music affected my senses and imagination. Until that point, I assumed it affected everybody in the same way, and it is also impossible to imagine life without it.

My personal association with colours, textures or abstract forms with music has become a fascination, especially as an artist and musician – it is an integral part of my creative process.

"In 2016, I was working on an ambient music project of improvised pieces over a two-week period. I had been thinking about making music that designed to be listened to whilst walking in nature; thgough forests or countryside and natural landscapes, and historical sites, like ruined abbeys, or overgrown areas where the occasional remnant of the past is still visible.

"However it soon became evident that this project – being improvised and somewhat abstract – was reliant on my emotions, and the colour palette in my mind. I wanted to make green music for green spaces. The task at hand was therefore to find sounds that were not only the correct colour in my mind’s eye, but that also had the right textures.

"This in turn led to the creation of a series of green synaesthetic abstract paintings – which ultimately became the album artwork, but that also work as a series of pieces in their own right. The resulting album was called Remnants From A Lost Time."
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Abstract music allows us to look at our experiences with a clear vision. We are no longer restricted by other people’s representations of how they see things – it is the basis for an entirely personal approach to understanding the world.

With this album, we can permit a wide range of abstract and minimal themes, from the ethereal to the unsettling, to guide us in assessing our memories. Those remnants from times past may be shaped by textural sounds, helping us to preserve those aspects of our lives which we wish to reinforce – and sometimes to forget what serves only to reduce us.

This is the power of such music, frequently simple though it may be. It can bring out both the constructive and the negative from the depths of our past – the times that we might feel we have lost – and interpret a way forward that can be both absorbing and fulfilling.

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released August 1, 2016

All tracks composed and performed by Alex Storer/The Light Dreams.
© Alex Storer 2016

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The Light Dreams Sheffield, UK

The music of The Light Dreams achieves a sense of looking beyond our everyday existence through a fusion of styles, whether it be taking us to distant planets, exploring time and the world around us or probing the depths of human consciousness.

Alex Storer has been independently recording as The Light Dreams since 2006, and is honorary musician for the Initiative for Interstellar Studies.
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