Relaxation Visualization Gauge?
Having just finished The Blue Bayou I am realizing that there is a difference that can be quantified in all of the Virtual Dreams on the site. That would be the extent of relaxation visualization that occur in each individual recording. Some have very little, as is the case in Stormy Beach and Bedtime Storm. Even though these dreamscapes have some visualizations they are more conventional. Most of the recordings have more relaxing visualizations. Such is the case with The Mountaineer and Tin Roof Cabin . Even further, some have strong visualization sequences as in The Wooden Ship and Snowy Mountain Hike.
When I say visualization I mean stories the sounds tell as there is no narration in our recordings (except in our Guided Imagery section) All of the Sleep MP3's end up with relaxing natural sounds for the bulk of the recording however I am thinking about creating some kind of gauge for visualizations in each individual recording... from low to high visualization. The Blue Bayou would be on the low end. In the beginning there is distant rural music with a guitar and an accordion playing Zydeco music for a few seconds to set the mood. There is a dog that briefly barks in the distance and a pesky fly. But, in general, the recording is 98% bayou ambiance with crickets, katydids, and frogs against gently flowing water.
I am also considering the idea of two different types of relaxing virtual dreams... with one just being 'atmospheres' that have little or no visualization. This would certainly be more conventional and along the lines of what is commonly thought of as 'nature sounds'. The only thing that concerns me is virtualdreamer.com getting lumped in with the dozens of other 'nature sounds' sites out there. I am kind of fond of our uniqueness.
Anyhoo, that's what has been on my mind. Let me know what you think!