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Museleon - Jacob's Ladder

from The Edges of Dreaming by RadioSpiral Artists

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Hmmm…. Dreams…or nightmares?

For this track I had two inspirations.

Let’s begin with some art, which is often the starting point for many of my tracks. I went for an artist whose painting has a dreamlike quality and a purpose built subject - Jacob’s Ladder or Jacob’s Dream (1799-1806) by William Blake.

In Blake’s painting, he took a radical view of the story, as told in the book of Genesis, chapter 28, verses 10-19. The huge staircase leads up to a fiery sun through stars and the heavens, whilst the dead souls wander and dance up and down connecting heaven and earth.

Secondly, I have always loved Gaelic singing and especially one style of singing, that sung in small rural Scottish island community churches – Psalm Singing – a call and response similar to American Shape Singing, which has for me, although I am not a religious person, an otherworldly sonic palette. I began by using a field recording by ShiftingWaves of Psalm 34, Gaelic singing Leverburgh, Harris (soundcloud.com/shiftingwaves/psalm-34-gaelic-singing-leverburgh-harris)

Strangely, the words of Psalm 34 seem to fit the message of Jacob’s Dream:

"The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."

I added edited and added effects to the soundfile to make it more ethereal and distant and built sounds around it to represent elements in the Blake painting, such as shafts of light, the fiery globe, chanting, speaking in tongues and heavenly trumpets and although this track is better suited to listening through headphones, I hope the overall effect is one of a strange but beautiful dream.

Happy Birthday Rebekkah and Happy Birthday At Water’s Edge.

Odette Johnson


from The Edges of Dreaming, released March 30, 2019




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