Is there another planet in the universe just like Earth? It's hard to get a good night's sleep in space. Imagine life-forms, transported through space, and landing on another planet. Imagine humanity realizing that they could possibly survive such a long trip. Our ancestors made a big decision, to survive they had to begin the long journey to the New Elysian Worlds, knowing that the journey could take several lifetimes. Those ancestors are now long gone, they are part of our collective folklore, and we are still here on their journey. If all goes well, our greatest hope is that our own descendants will emerge from this vessel and once again walk on solid ground.
What will our future travelers find? To prepare we have been developing new technologies as we travel, solving problems we discover while dreaming of new possibilities, and creating new plans to help us keep going into the face of the unknown. Was the program ultimately worth it? We will probably never know, but our beloved descendants will continue. Our nature is to find a way to survive.
The first track sets the route. There it is, a little blip in the data. A location, so far away, where (maybe!) the wind blows softly and the new suns shine warmly, and the water shimmers with sweet smelling life. So far away. We seek a new Earth. A fresh start. Where things will begin. On the journey we are "Awake in Swirling Dreams" (16:46), there is a tricky little beat set within the larger universe of a synthesizer cosmos.
According to our newest legends, the old land of our Earth-dwelling ancestors had become unreliable. First the tap water became unpleasant, foul tasting, and then the droughts got worse. Gradually the surface of the planet became increasingly toxic, the weather became more harsh with frequent storms, wind, droughts and floods, the surface temperature constantly went from below freezing at night to blazing heat during the day. The survivors lived in shelters below the surface. When the migration off of the planet began there were many unknowns. What might be found along the way and what will be found when our new colonists arrive?
The ones who arrive at the new promised land are going to have been born on the ship and will never have known gravity. The journey will take centuries which means there is much time for dreaming and preparing. The second track brings hope, "Drifting Memories" (25:02) has slow long notes, joined by warm organic sounds, like a wooden marimba. The pace slowly speeds up, a melody emerges. There is increasing complexity, this is the longest track, and the title track.
The first manned outer space-bound transportation vehicles were one-of-a-kind works of art, strange looking eccentric ships or pods, sort of like space hotrods or dragsters. This was the combined creative efforts of many different and clever people, who contributed components which combined to create solutions to each problem or system of problems as they were encountered. A new kind of protective thermal wall here, a new control panel there, some odd old machines cobbled together to make the ship work. Air filtration, water circulation, cooling, heating, gravity, illumination, sustainable nourishment, all these things that humans need to survive, not just survive but to thrive. To be going somewhere. To be going to a new home. Then came the gigantic corporate-manufactured vessels that carry many thousands of people.
Our dreams are still haunted by "All That Has Been" (18:38), with a reflective slow pace that builds and is joined with beats, then relaxes into further reflection. Will our ancestors prove to have been right about a new Earth? Does it exist? What will be found there? What would go into the calculation of finding a home with sweet water and a better known future ahead for our unborn descendants who will live in this new home? Who or what is dwelling there now as we approach from such a great distance? We are looking for our lost eternal fields of summer. A land where water is as clean and easily found as it is in the oldest pictures and legends. The way Earth used to taste.
Our main theme, the final track, guides us spiritually to our New Elysian Worlds. First we overcame the loss of gravitational forces, we had to make an adjustment to living in a strangely free floating space, finding a way to preserve our eternal spirit... a percussive sequencer brings beats and layers of tones with vocals that form a call to prayer. We seek to sustain our "Ascension" (21:17). This hopeful homage to the journey's beginning is the singular most significant moment, followed one day by the arrival of the original first colonists who seek to start a new civilization there and populate the land. The moment they step off of the ship, we have planned that they will be singing many psalms that will have been written on the long voyage, through the long dark times of the journey to the promised land. How can we prepare for something never before experienced?
This review-tale is my interpretation of the soundtrack DRIFTING MEMORIES, my personal imaginary dream about impossible future events. My dream is as invisible as the music is, but the music is real and can be experienced now. I invite you to explore the Brainvoyager legacy of the future and discover your own personal imaginary worlds generated by what you hear.
Awake in Swirling Dreams
All That Has Been
Electronic musicians including the likes of Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream, Robert Schroeder & Steve Roach opened up new possibilities for imaginative listening. If you like a mixture of contemporary rhythms and hypnotic electronic ambiences, inspired by the model of retro Berlin School, I would like to make sure you know about the work of Jos Verboven who is creating new sounds under the name of Brainvoyager. He is a Dutch creator of cosmic and ambient electronic music and he lives in the Netherlands. He has gone further than making music, he has a radio show dedicated solely to electronic music of various styles, the broadcast is known as Electronic Fusion- The Electronic Music of Brainvoyager. He also has a website to bring together the future and the past so that you can experience it all in the present.
‘Brain Voyager’ is the name of a 1985 album title of the German electronic musician Robert Schroeder. This name covers exactly what Brainvoyager’s music stands for. This is music that tries to invoke voyages within the listener’s brain, thus turning him or her into a real brain voyager.