— HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON —
This simple quote really resonates with me, I have always thought that there are deep, powerful emotions and feelings that are hard if not impossible to fully express with words alone.
I think that music allows us to connect more vividly with our emotions and ourselves, if we really listen. In turn the music we listen to can impact how we feel greatly.
If you think of the music you listen to when you work out, it is upbeat and has a fast tempo. It boosts your energy and helps you keep going. This is something most of us do regularly.
In contrast lullabies gently soothe us to sleep as babies, but we often neglect and even forget this simple calming ritual as we grow older. Research has shown that listening to music as you fall asleep significantly improves sleeping patterns and can be an effective treatment for insomnia. As sleep is a natural stress-reducer, it sets up a positive stress reduction cycle; listening to music lowers stress which leads to better sleep, which in turn also reduces stress.
My dream for AYANE is to encourage people of all ages to practice this ritual of listening to music to calm and soothe whenever life gets hectic and also to lull them into a peaceful sleep each night.
To aid you in developing this ritual I will be composing pieces of soothing, gentle music. To give you an example of what to expect, below is a recording of my piece ‘Snowfall’ which was inspired by gently falling snowflakes and the beautiful quiet that envelopes the world as they transform the landscape.
Over the coming weeks, months and years I will write and record more pieces like Snowfall for you to listen to whenever you need a moment of calm or need help drifting off to sleep.
In addition to the pieces themselves, I will also be writing about the inspiration behind each one and the music that has influenced me. (There will be frequent references to Frédéric Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninov, Claude Debussy, the classical minimalists, and modern composers such as Craig Armstrong, Ólafur Arnalds, Max Richter and Phamie Gow.)
If you have any questions about my music or anything I write in this section please comment below or pop me an email, I'd love to hear from you!GO TO COMPOSED »