The Sonic Sky is directly beheld via the visualization of an intriguing dream.
So I dreamed I was being pulled into this other world, up a flight of stairs. It felt odd because I was both indoors and outdoors at the same time. I could sense a lake nearby, a big open sky, dancing clouds, this whole other dimension full of color drawing me in.
So I float up the stairs carried by this liquid music I guess. I say that because it, I wasn’t actually hearing the music I was breathing it. It was more like air hovering everywhere like one big chord. It felt pleasant, but at the same time unsettling because somehow I was being escalated to the top of the stairs where these parallel lines like a fence were built into a big skylight.
And I somehow knew that fence was put there to keep me separate from the sky. But as I came right up to it and tried to touch it, I realized… . . . that it wasn’t really solid. I had thought it was made of metal or something, but the bars began to blend with the sky and they started to contract and expand. As they did, the music in the air began to change. Even the sky looked different. I got a little scared for a minute. But I said to myself you’ve got to stay with this. Stay with it and see where it’s going.
So now the bars in the fence start to multiply going in and out, left to right, wide to narrow and that’s when I realized, I could change them with my mind.
And when I did that, a whole new scene opened up. The sky turned into this beautiful landscape, but it wasn’t just a regular landscape because the air was in the water, the water was in the air, up was down, down was up, and all along the lines in the fence continued changing, changing, changing and the more they changed, the more the landscape would change as if they were connected.
My way of looking through the fence and what was actually out there beyond the fence–it was all one thing. They were the same.
The sky became the ground became the sky became the ground. Different things would form from the landscape like an arm made from these trees bending at the elbow feeding itself–everything fluid.
And just as I finally began to relax into it, the fence disappeared. No more bars, no more lines. And for the first time in my life I could feel everything. I was Surfing the Sonic Sky.
Written, Directed and Scored by Stephen James Taylor.
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