Archive for April, 2009

Sommeil: A Concert For Sleep

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

“SOMMEIL: A CONCERT FOR SLEEP, beginning at 10:00 pm on Saturday April 11th and ending at 7:00 am on Sunday April 12th at the Antenna Gallery, New Orleans.

$15 including breakfast. All participants are asked to provide their own sleeping bag and pillow.”

An audio contribution by Jimmy Behan will feature among another eighty or so artists in the soundtrack to a sleep concert curated by Tanner Menard. The concert, based on an original idea by Robert Rich, will have 9 hours of uninterrupted music made up of the remixed contributions collected through an open call for submissions. The audio contributions will later be made freely available in some form under a creative commons license by Experimedia. These releases will in some way reflect how the contributions were presented at the live sleep concert.

“The first hour or two will be slightly more active than the rest, but soon the music will drop away into slow foggy textures and strange ambient sounds. At low volumes, these textures can blend into your acoustic environment, creating a sort of sonic dislocation, a re-focusing of your perceptions. You can use the sound texture as a way to focus your attention onto images that arise out of your half-sleeping mind. In the transitions between sleep and wake, hypnogogic images may become intensified and more vivid. You may also become more aware of dreams, and you can observe the different layers of perception as you teeter on the edge of consciousness…” (Robert Rich)

Download press release (.pdf)

Contributor list.

Follow developments at Tanner’s blog here.


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