The music of Seconds Before Awakening (the nom de disque of one Michael S. Waller) is tied up with the history of Free Floating right from the very beginning….
Way back in July of 2008 I played “Zero 2” on the very first installment of my Stillstream radio show. Since then the music of Seconds Before Awakening has graced the show quite a few times and now I am happy to be releasing new music under the Free Floating banner.
There are many aspects of the music that reach out to me. There is the glacial pace of many of the drifting tones, moving and changing so slowly that at times they seem almost frozen. There is the deep and distant echo that sends those frozen tones out into the infinite stillness of space. There is a sense of darkness punctuated by light, the sonic equivalent of the amazing photographs produced by the Hubble Space Telescope. I almost feel like this is the sound of those nebulae and galaxies frozen for us to contemplate the shifting energy and interplay between matter and nothingness.
Some find those kinds of images—and indeed this kind of music—strange and cold, offering little comfort. For some reason I tend to have the opposite reaction. These sounds and those images remind me that infinity is real, here and now. There is no need to wait for an imagined afterlife to experience this simple grand creation….
I believe that Nine continues the sonic explorations that are the forte of Seconds Before Awakening while expanding the sonic palette of Free Floating. I am most grateful to Michael for sharing his journey through Free Floating.
released February 9, 2012
Seconds Before Awakening is an ambient sound project that is the soundtrack for dreams and dreamers alike. Seconds Before Awakening was formed in 2008 and all the dreams are created in New York, NY USA
All music by Michael S. Waller
Cover by Brad Ross-MacLeod