Ran Kirlian – Sleeper [AOR0023]

SleeperThis conceptual album suggests an evolutive journey into lucid dream states with deep ambient atmospheres and environmental sounds, from floating soundscapes to tribal grooves, from the deeps of earth to the realms of surrealism… Taken from a live performance based on improvisations, Sleeper collects most of the sides of Kirlian music, including complex textures, subtle melodies, tribal percussions, flutes, shakers, seeds, rainstick, treated sounds and his own voice performing live.

Based on a privated live performance, this album tries to explore some personal experiences around lucid dreaming. Combining both atmospheric and tribal sides, it describes a new path into my music and my own way of living. Source material was recorded in summer 2003 and treated during next months. Massive synthesis layers and treated nature sounds creates here a warm environment to give support to tribal grooves, flutes, whispers and strange sounds to enhance a meditative state.

Recorded live 15-16 august 2003, mixed at the Blue_Room Sept 2003 – Feb 2004

Track list
1.-In Somnia Part I11:20
2.-Host Creatures6:54
3.-Metaphase2:04
4.-Submerging7:44
5.-Traveler8:01
6.-Other Place10:37
7.-Relapse5:46
8.-In Somnia Part II16.17


Complete set: 68:46

Available at Bandcamp

Review by Bert Strolenberg

“The album “Sleeper” was born from two large floating sessions the Spanish ambient musician Ran Kirlian recorded in the summer of 2003. Both are based on pure improvisation, with some treated field recordings played randomly. Later on, as Kirlian ran over the recordings, he added voice, some additional sounds and grooves to make the music fit in the concept of an evolutionary process on dreams and sleeping. The outcome is an album that is highly atmospheric, but which also features several tribal elements like the claypots which show up in “Other Place” next to his voice. “Sleeper” is a continuous vast textural landscape floating by, able to transport the listener’s mind to a remote places and dense atmospheres. I’m sure fans of Roach and freeform tribal ambient will love this sonic scenery for the mind . Well done!”

(Bert Strolenberg, main editor & journalist E-dition Magazine & Sonic Immersion, 2005)

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