Ambient Soundbath Podcast #109 – Featuring theAdelaidean: In the Key of Sleep

Ambient Soundbath Podcast
Ambient Soundbath Podcast
Ambient Soundbath Podcast #109 - Featuring theAdelaidean: In the Key of Sleep

I’ve been enjoying the work of theAdelaidean for some time, but when his record focused on sleep, with a longform track, from Projekt Records came across my desk, I knew I had to feature it on the Ambient Soundbath Podcast for all of you to enjoy.  One thing that I really love about the mix I’ve put together here is the open sonic space of the rising and falling. I usually do present very dense sonic tapestries, but with this there’s a very nice space for the ebb and flow of breath. I’m listening as I write this and it’s instantly relaxing.

Here it is – This entire episode of the Ambient Soundbath Podcast features: theAdelaidean: In the Key of SleepMore about the artist and this recording:

In the Key of Sleep’s hour-plus title track is a gentle, minimalistic-ambient hymn to the art of slumber, a practice that doesn’t come easily to everyone. An insomniac for most of his life, Australian composer theAdelaidean’s eighth Projekt release draws on a limited palette of sustained synthesized strings, rippling electric piano and muted bass that chart a course through tranquil harmonic progressions, via a series of subtle transformations and gently surprising abstractions, to sleep.

Getting to “In the Key of Sleep” is a journey in itself through five re-imaginings and remixes on the core theme, beginning with a self-contained homage to the perfect afternoon nap, “Floating,” an abbreviated reworking of one key moment from the larger work. A series of near-complete reinventions follow, the first of them “Falling,” its brittle, diamond-sharp synths evocative of the random detours our minds sometimes take before giving in to slumber. “Flying” follows, capturing through wide-spectrum sequencers and intermittent bass stabs the adrenaline rush of a good dream, rushing like a river over the events of the day. “Free” brings the listener/dreamer to a state of pure release, adrift against a soundtrack of cinematic ambience, avoiding both defined melodic statements and resolution alike. The final variation, “Flux,” concludes in a locus of complete separation from time and space, beyond consciousness, beyond thought. Here at the centre of sleep, there are no dreams, just a slow pulse of being.

The final track, concluding what is in effect a double album, brings all these elements together, patiently repairing the mind from its daytime travails.

Please consider supporting the artist and Projekt records here.

In the Key of Sleep invites the listener to surrender to the inevitable, knowing that what awaits is both familiar and unpredictable. This state of mind is familiar to deep appreciators of ambient music, who use it as accompaniment to states both of higher consciousness and of unconsciousness. For theAdelaidean, this album is both an exploration of that tension and a cure for his own sleeplessness.

Track Listing 
1. Floating 09:16
2. Falling 04:30
3. Flying 03:44
4. Free 13:25
5. Flux 06:59
6. In the Key of Sleep 65:30 

“In the Key of Sleep (excerpt)”
video at YouTube

Artist Bio
For over three decades bestselling Australian author Sean Williams has recorded experimental music undertaking deeply personal aural explorations that draw heavily on sources and techniques following the great spiral of life.



New Release – Aurora Tidewater at Felwood Rock – A Longform Ambient Journey

Aurora Tidewater at Felwood Rock is a longform ambient music journey that takes the listener deep into the heart of being. There are two mixes for this recording, the Horizon Mix is more open and spacious as if you’re looking to the horizon, the other, the Ice Caves Mix, with more of a deeper and cavernous resonance, a mix that fans of Steve Roach’s longform works would likely enjoy, particularly his recording A Deeper Silence, a frequent touchstone for me.

When I created Aurora Tidewater at Felwood Rock I was trying to recreate the still space that exists around large bodies of water, majestic mountainscapes and the otherworldly experience of watching Aurora Borealis. All of these things are natural elements that so few of us get to experience in the natural world in their natural states, instead our experience is relegated to one of simply ‘watching’ on a screen. Having an experience through a screen is something that almost any of us can do now; with Aurora Tidewater at Felwood Rock – A longform ambient journey, my hope is to bring the listener closer to realizing that space as they meditate, do yoga, drift to sleep or simply listen. Each of these activities require a peaceful and relaxed state of mind; my hope is that Aurora Tidewater at Felwood Rock brings you closer to that inner calm that we all carry with us but sometimes struggle to access.

In peace,


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Ambient Soundbath Podcast #108 – A longform ambient journey dreaming in light

Ambient Soundbath Podcast
Ambient Soundbath Podcast
Ambient Soundbath Podcast #108 - A longform ambient journey dreaming in light

Ambient Soundbath Podcast #108 is a longform ambient journey dreaming in light. You can purchase this track here.

Matt Borghi Ambient Longform Music