Dream A Liquid Mind Experience
2011 / Real Music
Review by Kathy Parsons
Dream: A Liquid Mind Experience is the eleventh installment in keyboardist Chuck Wild’s series of “sedative music” collections. Presented in three tracks that are ten, twenty, and thirty minutes in length, this is music with a purpose. It is intended for passive rather than active listening as well as for meditation, music therapy, sleep, napping, and relaxation. There is no beat to the music, and the notes and tones are engineered to avoid arousal or startle responses. Filters remove mid- and higher-frequency levels because research has shown that low frequency pressure waves relax muscles and affect autonomic reactions. In a nutshell, this is music that is intended to be background music that will not attract attention to itself. It creates an atmosphere of peace and tranquility intended to reduce anxiety and promote healing. The sounds are ethereal and suggest vast open space with a very calming, floating feeling. Instrumentation is on keyboards, but there are also occasional wordless voices and atmospheric sounds.
Chuck Wild started creating his ultra-slow “Liquid Mind Musical Healthcare” compositions as an alternate therapy for his own clinical anxiety and panic disorder. The Liquid Mind recordings are currently utilized in anxiety and panic management, chemotherapy centers, treating sleep disorders, hypnotherapy, chiropractic, massage therapy, and yoga.
The first track, “Dream Ten” is previously unreleased music, and is titled for its ten-minute duration. “Dream Twenty” comes from Liquid Mind IX: Lullaby and Relax: A Liquid Mind Experience. “Dream Thirty” is from Liquid Mind VII: Reflection, Liquid Mind VIII: Sleep, and Liquid Mind IX: Lullaby. Because the music is so slow and organic, it is difficult to distinguish one track from another, but that is part of the design of the music. I would seriously consider the wisdom of driving with this music in the car or trying to wake up to it! As promised, it is extremely soothing and relaxing.
Again, this album is music with a purpose, and the primary purpose is to soothe and relax. If that is what you’re looking for, be sure to check this album out. It is available wherever Real Music releases are sold.
May 17, 2011
Review by Michael Debbage