Saturday, September 02, 2006

Book of Dreams

Here is the second installment from the Lost Lake Stories collection of mixups previously posted at Low Light Mixes. The title, Book of Dreams, is taken from a book by Jack Kerouac (as will the next several in the Lost Lake Stories collection). I tried to make this mix dream-like, having pieces of music float from one into another and fade out then back in again later as often happens with dreams. The music overall is very quiet with both ambient and acoustic elements present with a heavy reliance on strings (violin, cello). There is multi-level mixing and several field recordings, both Quiet American and a couple of my own, that whisper and play in the background like voices and distant sounds in dreams. The jpeg “score” (see post below) for this mix is included in the Cover Art and Score Zip file below. Also, right below is the “soundword” description for the mix I did trying to use a Kerouac-like automatic writing style. It turned out kind of crap new-agey, but what the hell! Remember--I like comments! I hope you like the Book of Dreams…

L o s t L a k e S t o r i e s C h a p t e r 2: BOOK OF DREAMS

The Book of Dreams, washed up on the misty fractal shore of Lost Lake, lightcracks a door to a universe of one. A keybook to an endless flight of moonkissed waters and sunREM skies. Nocturnal tripscan reflections of lucid life and silent sound. Joyflight voices soar over sepia mountains of suspended memory. Starlost cafes serve cups of liquid mind and plates of drifting Bohdi clouds. Lazy days of passing suns shadowcast effervescent trancelight. An endless rain of warm melted thoughts drip from the petals of lifeflowers. Metashapes combine under the brighthaze of Hypnos creating transparent particle cities. Heavenly boats slip dreamsoft through carpets of stars tranceguided by the steering hand of Morpheus. Guided through the middle path between lightdark lands and remembering the nevertruth.

Downloads (right click, save link as):

MP3 [67:38m] (95 mb)

Cover Art & Score (zip)


  1. Peter Gabriel - The Nest That Sailed the Sky
  2. Talkdemonic - Verite
  3. RF - Ladder in Place
  4. Roger Eno & Plumbline - With Insight
  5. Voices of Alex
  6. Eluvium - All The Sails
  7. Stars Of The Lid - The Artificial Pine Arch Song
  8. Biosphere - Dissolving Clouds
  9. nrvnet Field Recording
  10. Various Quiet American Field Recordings
  11. Underworld - Please Help Me
  12. Solyaris - IPromisethatOneDayEverything
  13. Vir Unis & Chris Short - Monastery of The South
  14. Sylvain Chauveau - Ocre
  15. Cepia - Malcesine
  16. Alio Die - Suspended Feathers
  17. 12 Monkeys OST - Dreamers Awake
  18. Philip Glass & Foday Musa Suso -Prison Song
  19. Sylvain Chauveau - Le brasier de tristesse
  20. Slowbow - Elegy
  21. Mountains - Hundred Acre
  22. Sydney M - Chords Echo 2
  23. Mountains - Paper Windmill
  24. Vidna Obmana - Float through Nights
  25. Francesco Paladino & Opium - Me, the Sky Sleeping
  26. Alio Die - Ruins Garden Drones
  27. A Produce - The Far Shore
  28. Clickits - Nibblah
  29. RF - On the Bus That I Had Chosen
  30. David Byrne - Canal Life
  31. Robin Guthrie and Harold Budd - Neil's Theme2
  32. Lisa Gerrard - Empty Water
  33. Peter Gabriel - The Nest That Sailed the Sky


dub u said...

Thank you.

nrvnet said...

Your welcome dub u. I hope you liked the mix.

bill said...

This is great sound! moody and mystical and I loved it..
I just discovered you today and Low Light mixes (yesterday) and will bookmark you both for return visits and listening.
I think I would like to use some of these sounds as background to my own videos to post onto my friend/family blog. What, if any, are your rules for my doing this? (I guess I am concerned about infringing on your own copyrights.)
Thanks for your good works!
bill (in washington, dc)

nrvnet said...

Thanks for the positive comments Bill! I'm glad you like the mix. As for copyright, I just do this for fun. And even though this is a unique mix due to the mixing up of the music, any copyrights are held by the original artists (see playlist). The general unwritten rules for mixes are, as long as you don't use them for profit and give proper credit to the original artists then you're usually fine. By showing the playlists I hope that people will buy the originals.

As for me, if you could maybe post a link to my blog, the Hydrogen Café, that would be cool. I just want people to hear and enjoy my stuff! Thanks again for listening.

Ziomal said...

Very nice! I like it. office phone

jason said...

This is a great mix - I've listened to this a tremendous amount, so I'm curious as to when we'll see another...well done.


nrvnet said...

Thanks for the great comment Jason! I am working on another mix now and will try and post it within a week. Keep checking back. Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

Hi and thank you for 'Book Of Dreams'. I love it.

I hope someone can help me.

My question is - just towards the end of Stars Of The Lid's The Artificial Pine Arch Song (around 21:58), there is a faint recording of a woman whom if you listen very carefully, you can hear what she's saying. She starts out saying something like "They were never meant for a world like this. But they have a gift." She goes on to say "Get in. Get on. Get near. Get under. Get up on top of. Get inside the ... (something. I couldn't make out the last word)

Do you know the bit I'm talking about?
I've searched the Internet and it's not from anything already on the Net and nobody else seems to have picked it up or if they have, they haven't made a note of it on the Net.

I was wondering if anyone would know where this is from and what it's about. Was it just recorded for the song or is it sourced from somewhere else?



I didn't want to bore you with the entire record of what was said in the main body of the email but if you want/need, I've included the rest of the words that I could make out - as best I could. They may not be accurate! I've just put in ..... where I couldn't understand what she was saying.

....The aftershock
.....we admit

They were never meant for a world like this.
But they have a gift. Gravity. Gravity and the ..... end hard ... question.


Get in. Get on. Get near. Get under. Get up on top of. Get inside the ...

The persons.
The persons of your obvious choice.
The persons of your obvious choice.

Get p.ssed. Get passionate. Get open and ....

Never left. Never get left out.
Don't leave until you've had too much.
Until you've sampled everything, everyone, anyone.
Don't get left alone. Don't ever be alone.

Don't be that ... sad.
Get up and take it, and keep on taking it until it runs out.

nrvnet said...


Sorry it took me so long to reply. As for your question, I really have no clue were that voice comes from at the end of Stars Of The Lid's The Artificial Pine Arch Song. What you could do, however, is try and contact Stars of the Lid directly. They have an e-mail address listed on their website. I am sure they could tell you where that voice originated.

SOTL website:

SOTL e-mail:

Thanks for listening.


i3l1nd said...

wierd. I downloaded this song over what seemed 2 -3 years ago and its blogged as 2006...

well either way this is the best ambient song ive ever heard,so good that i decided i had to find it again, idk what Id do if this song was just gone and lost forever

I originally found it while watching the movie dark city, towards the end it flashes a book called book of dreams so I googled it and found somehow stumbled on this a long time ago it was on some wierd german mp3 site

The best part is where the piano, bass and strings kick in around 2:20

I've fallen asleep to this song countless times and whoever made it I love them because I'll never forget this song ever

nrvnet said...

Thanks for the great feedback i3l1nd! I really appreciate it and am glad you like this mix so much. It was fun to put together. Take care.

Anonymous said...

Well, it's me, Steve (again).

My last post was back in May, 2007. I'm the one who had the question about the woman with the German accent in the background. I'm still no closer to solving that one but what I did want to say is that I still love and listen to the Book Of Dreams.

I quite often put it on at night whilst going to sleep. My cats also love it. It sends them to sleep as well which comes in handy at times when they become too boisterous. They say music soothes the savage beast. I guess it's true.

I've since fallen in love with Stars Of The Lid's Artificial Pine Arch Song and drone music in general. Before hearing the Book Of Dreams, I didn't even know drone music existed but I knew I liked it, because as a kid I used to like harmonising chords on my electronic organ. I used to enjoy pressing random keys together to see what sounds I could create.

Anyway, just wanted to let you know I'm still around and still listening.

Your biggest fan :)

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