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Where the Emerald Rivers Flow

By ViridianLoom on July 26, 2020 7:18 pm

This song is *partially* inspired by a dream I had a long time ago. There's this band I was (still am) super into called maudlin of the Well and their approach to song writing was to write the music within their dreams by practicing lucid dreaming. The main composer said he would tune his guitar to a specific chord and then strum the strings while he fell asleep. Upon waking he would immediately transcribed all the music he could remember from his dream. (btw, in the same spirit the tuning for this song is C#-F#-C#-F#-C#-E)

I thought that was a cool idea so I wanted to give it a shot and read up on how to lucid dream. One of the things they say you should do is to keep a dream journal that way you have better memory retention whenever you wake up. So I did just that and one of the dreams I recalled was about the streets of my neighborhood being flooded with emerald water. I've never quite been able to write music from my dreams but I did find that keeping the dream journal was fun and interesting. I figured I'd share an excerpt from that dream journal entry since its relevant to the song.

    "It was a rainy day and I had some friends over (some of which I haven't seen in a long time), we were hanging out in lawn chains in the garage with the door opened two thirds of the way so we could watch the rain without too much of it getting inside. It had been raining for so long that my street had filled with emerald-hued water that lapped up on the driveway as it rushed around the bend. Occasionally cars drove down the river, their tires almost completely submerged and shooting the water up into the air. We were talking, smiling, and laughing but I don't recall what it was about, just that moments like these made me happy. And also, a little sad. The moment was fleeting, knowing that we'd probably never see anything like this again."

Also is this the ending section Doom Metal or Dream Metal? tongue

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July 27, 2020 12:24 am

You definitely depict a nice scene with this track! Well done!

July 27, 2020 1:30 am

Sounds like a wonderful dream. Literally.
Great work with an interesting songwriting approach. smile

July 27, 2020 2:01 am

How wonderful to honor a pleasant dream with a song. Well done

July 27, 2020 2:59 am

I think just the idea of composing/ideating through dreams is a cool one to experiment with. I like this track a lot as a kind of journey through someone else's dream.

July 27, 2020 9:38 am

Oh that guitar is sweet. Beautiful melodies! The piano lines from 1:30 are sweet, you get a mysterious feel of them before going back into heavy prog rock.

Composing while lucid dreaming sounds awesome but there's no way I'd remember melodies. I'd need to get a recorder in there as well. I have tried to create electronic music while being... let's say... an equivalent of lucid dreaming. My experience so far is that it sounds very cool in the moment but when you're back on planet earth, you realize that well, you kinda need to be in that special brain tuning to enjoy it, else it's really really really crap. smile

July 27, 2020 11:12 am

Fun time signatures. I really like the guitars. 

July 27, 2020 2:11 pm

Cool approach, I didn't expect such a fleshed out track from your description. It feels like there are full chapters of ideas here, great stuff!

July 27, 2020 3:51 pm

Fantastic trip that was. WOW.

July 27, 2020 3:53 pm

very nice! the arrangement is impressive!

July 27, 2020 11:08 pm

The story about lucid dreaming is really cool. I have been lucky enough to hear music in the state between dreaming and waking. Things are so clear when the inputs of the world are tuned out and the brain is left to its own creations.

The song has a flow to it where each part just works so well together. I like the heavy guitar with cleaner lead that stands out, but doesn't have to be pushed high in volume.

July 30, 2020 4:27 pm

Fascinating. You can't argue with results, it's very nice. I'd say the whole thing is dream metal.

August 2, 2020 10:06 pm

Wow, very pretty song with great variations and structure. I like the irregular sounding timing / patterns and how you're able to shift from light melodic to very heavy sounds. Also very well played.  In my dreams, I'm a much better musician, so I wouldn't be able to play it after waking smile

August 3, 2020 12:19 am
ScanianWolf wrote:

You definitely depict a nice scene with this track! Well done!

Reilly Farrell wrote:

Sounds like a wonderful dream. Literally.
Great work with an interesting songwriting approach. smile

fetalface wrote:

How wonderful to honor a pleasant dream with a song. Well done

hent03 wrote:

I think just the idea of composing/ideating through dreams is a cool one to experiment with. I like this track a lot as a kind of journey through someone else's dream.

Q-Rosh wrote:

Fantastic trip that was. WOW.

7506 wrote:

very nice! the arrangement is impressive!

Devieus wrote:

Fascinating. You can't argue with results, it's very nice. I'd say the whole thing is dream metal.

Thanks everyone, I appreciate the kind words smile


Kedbreak136 wrote:

Oh that guitar is sweet. Beautiful melodies! The piano lines from 1:30 are sweet, you get a mysterious feel of them before going back into heavy prog rock.

Composing while lucid dreaming sounds awesome but there's no way I'd remember melodies. I'd need to get a recorder in there as well. I have tried to create electronic music while being... let's say... an equivalent of lucid dreaming. My experience so far is that it sounds very cool in the moment but when you're back on planet earth, you realize that well, you kinda need to be in that special brain tuning to enjoy it, else it's really really really crap. smile

Yeah the whole thing about memorizing the song in your dream is the challenge. The musician who tried the experiment grew up classically trained so he knew how to transcribe it pretty quickly, plus he was pretty disciplined in the act of lucid dreaming. I only got as far as taking notes on like 10 or 12 dreams before I lost interest and did other things. Maybe I'll give it a shot in the future again though because re-reading those old dreams was kind of nice.



Sodabelly wrote:

Cool approach, I didn't expect such a fleshed out track from your description. It feels like there are full chapters of ideas here, great stuff!

Haha thanks. Sometimes I feel like I'm ADD with my method of writing because I find it hard to connect back to previous sections like you would in normal song structures and I often just keep going forward with new ideas, hoping they all work together in context. But for them to be interpreted as chapters is neat smile


Anon_Buster wrote:

The story about lucid dreaming is really cool. I have been lucky enough to hear music in the state between dreaming and waking. Things are so clear when the inputs of the world are tuned out and the brain is left to its own creations.

The song has a flow to it where each part just works so well together. I like the heavy guitar with cleaner lead that stands out, but doesn't have to be pushed high in volume.

Sometime's I've fooled myself into thinking I wrote an amazing piece of music in my dream when the reality is that I fell asleep listening to a shuffled playlist and there was something really cool playing during that moment haha. Maybe someday I'll actually take a crack at the lucid dreaming method of song writing but for now its just inspired. I'm glad you enjoyed the track smile


NWSPR wrote:

Wow, very pretty song with great variations and structure. I like the irregular sounding timing / patterns and how you're able to shift from light melodic to very heavy sounds. Also very well played.  In my dreams, I'm a much better musician, so I wouldn't be able to play it after waking smile

Yeah, its definitely challenging! I think it takes some hardcore practice and a ritualization sleeping habits to even successfully pull a song back from your dreams. I mentioned this in a comment to someone else but the writer in motW was well versed in musical notation so he probably jotted down the idea really fast upon waking. I'm glad you enjoyed the track! I think the irregular feel is due to a 5/4 meter that takes place for most of the first half. Actually now that I think about it, I think the riffs descend in meter, starting with 6/4 for the introduction, 5/4 for the heavy part, 4/4 for the clean psychedelic jam, and 3/4 for the doom riff at the end. I mean technically 6/4 and 3/4 are nearly the same thing but I guess I'm counting it slower at the end haha.

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