Aboout The Specialty Sounds
What helps you fall asleep? Is there a certain scenario or sound (nature or otherwise) that puts you right out? I have heard from many patrons and the subjective dreamscapes run the gamut from a sinking ship, a cave with a bear and a soothing horse stable environment. When I first start a relaxing soundscape I ask myself two questions. Will it be ultimately soothing and is it technically possible? While I usually want a 'yes' to both questions, if the first answer is yes and the latter is no... it further piques my interest. One of the few questions I do not ask myself is: Will anyone buy it? I have been told I should always consider this first but somehow it takes the fun out of it. While ocean waves and thunderstorms are relaxing they are not much of a technical challenge. Ultimately, however, this is a business that needs to make a few bucks so I put my unusual audio experiments in something I call Specialty Sounds and keep it buried deep enough in the site as to not be found easily. It's not that I do not like them. I really do. It's just that they are very esoteric and subjective takes on unusual scenarios.
It is in the Specialty Vault where I let my imagination loose. Future specialty vault sounds might include something I call Altered States. This is kind of a 'what if' scenario as in what if I were a primate or a bird. What would my environment sound like? That's why I call them experiments.
I have also done a few visualization experiments: jumping on a trampoline (higher and higher until you finally start to fly), cliff diving, rock climbing and so on. I might put some kind of compilation dreamscape together of a variety of visualization sequences just to see what happens. As I have stated before, visualization and dreaming utilize many of the same brain functions. All are inherently tied to the Secondary Visual Cortex ; the imagination station in all our big human brains.
Although I love recording and mixing conventional nature sounds there is a big part of me that likes to push the envelope. If you have a relaxation audio scenario you would like explored drop me an email. I get some of the better ideas from interested individuals.