I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how dreams are similar to songs : they are brief, yet immersive, often obscure in form/lyrics/content. Interestingly, Marco Bernini (project co-investigator) has been considering dreams as documentaries, and certainly the temporal flow of dreams seems to translate well to music/song/film, rather than something static.

FOCALIZATION NO.1 by Reed Maxson

And now I can’t seem to stop sprouting endless comparisons. 

Is the dreamer a singer/performer/song-writer? And who do they write their songs for? Is the recounting of a dream in fact the ‘curtain call’ of the performance? It also seems that you search for chords when you write music in the same way as you search for dreams: there is a lot of fumbling in the dark. 

I’ve been pondering the Speech-to-Song Illusion by Diana Deutsch, and considering that clunky space between speaking and singing.

An issue with music/song as dream seems to be the linearity of sound (although that’s debatable of course). What I’d like to create in the coming months is something sonic with doors, emergency exits, where listeners can fall out of songs/dreams at any given time and into new ones. 

Songs and sound more generally certainly give us the opportunity to explore layers of simultaneous elements in dreams, allowing for tensions, textures and sonic misnomers to play out.

Lucie Treacher, October 2020