According to ancient and medieval science, aether is the material that fills the region of the universe above the terrestrial, or sublunary, sphere. This sphere was the realm of changing nature. Beginning with the Moon, up to the limits of the universe, everything was permanent, regular and unchanging – the region of aether where the planets and stars are located. Only in the sublunary sphere did the powers of physics hold sway. To go "beyond the aether" is a metaphor for transcending the very limits of the all that is known and unknown.
Like a wave in the physical world, in the infinite ocean of the medium which pervades all, so in the world of organisms, in life, an impulse started proceeds onward, at times, may be, with the speed of light, at times, again, so slowly that for ages and ages it seems to stay, passing through processes of a complexity inconceivable to men, but in all its forms, in all its stages, its energy ever and ever integrally present.
Nocturnals... the feeling you get when walking through the city at night. Shadows. Things you think to see in the corner of your eye vanish when looked at straight on. The eyes you feel burning in the dark. The (maybe) paranoid feeling that you are being watched...
Always, it seemed to me when I awaked into the Future, into the Everlasting Night that lapped this world, that I saw near to me, and girdling me all about, a blurred greyness. And presently this, the greyness, would clear and fade from about me, even as a dusky cloud, and I would look out upon a world of darkness, lit here and there with strange sights. And with my waking into that Future, I waked not to ignorance; but to a full knowledge of those things which lit the Night Land; even as a man wakes from sleep each morning, and knows immediately he wakes, the names and knowledge of the Time which has bred him, and in which he lives. And the same while, a knowledge I had, as it were sub-conscious, of this Present—this early life, which now I live so utterly alone.
Once when mixing live on the radio, I got a call from a listener:
disembodied voice: "I understand what you are doing."
me: "What's that?"
disembodied voice: "Communicating directly with the subconscious."
I thought, well, that's exactly right. "Altering Realities" by Stefan Paulus reminds me of that late night phone call.
This record is about the impressions and the imaginations of the phenomena of hypnagogic consciousness and oneiric conditions. The sounds are a protocol or more a psychogeographical reconstruction of these images, pictures, altering realities which can be reached through methods of lucid dreaming and other psychical and body practices. The method of wake initiated lucid dreaming involves entering a lucid dream state directly from waking consciousness. The method of a dream initiated lucid dream helps to trigger a lucid dream while unconscious sleep. The Hypnagogic state is then is the experience of the transitional consciousness which can appear with auditive, visual and tactile hallucinations...
Recorded in Ubud, Indonesia; during a Hindu-Dharma-Procession, on the artic Kola Peninsula in Russia and Hamburg, Germany.
We are not in the world; we become with the world; we become by contemplating it. Everything is vision, becoming. We become universes. Becoming animal, plant, molecular, becoming zero. This is true of all the arts ... Art does not have opinions. Art undoes the triple organization of perceptions, affections and opinions in order to substitute a monument composed of percepts, affects, and blocs of sensations that takes the place of language. It is about listening...
- Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari, What is philosophy? (1996)
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