Music For A Cold Autumn Night

  • Sometimes it’s easy to fall prey to late autumn depression during its short days and cold long nights. But it also can be a good time to focus on yourself, your inner world, and to become more meditative. Just as trees shed their leaves, you can shed whatever is burdening you by going on your inner journey, and who knows what treasure you might find there. One of the things that can help you in that is music that was created specifically to help us achieve inner peace. Here are the five albums that you may find helpful on your internal quest.
  • 1. Band: Carbon Based LifeformsAlbum: twentythree [2011]This is an ambient album produced by the masters of the genre from Sweden. It comprises a light airy, yet at times very deep, atmosphere. The overall feeling ranges from cosmic, mysterious contemplation (Arecibo, VLA) and melancholy (held together by gravity) to the light atmosphere of “Kensington gardens”, with other tracks somewhere in between. Great music for daydreaming, abstract thinking and going within yourself. All tracks do exceptionally good in conveying the feeling of the album, but my personal favorite track is “Terpene”.

    2. Band: Mystical Sun

    Album: Primordial atmospheres [1994]

    Primordial Atmospheres from the now far distant mid 90’s is one of those albums I keep returning to over and over again. If I were to choose one word to describe this album, It would be “other-worldly”. Every track has unique sounds that will echo in your subconscious mind and combine to create soothing an imaginary world, where you can stay to heal yourself. It is very good for meditation (especially the long track, Journey to Samadhi) or just relaxation and daydreaming. My personal favorite track here is “Akasha

    3. Band: Between Interval

    Album: Autumn Continent [2006]

    Starting from the first track Autumn Continent slowly submerges you in the atmosphere of fading, as if you have seen numerous cycles of life and death to become transcendental and just contemplate everything in silence. Most tracks have little or no beats to focus on creating ethereal atmosphere, in which beautiful soundscapes emerge from the depths of your mind. Although it may seem at times that some tracks sound somewhat gloomy, in fact they are not. Every track, as well as the whole album, carries a light of hope within itself. I’d personally pick out “Early Life Remainings” and “This Dominion” as my favorite tracks.

    4. Band: Biosphere

    Album: Substrata [1997]

    One of the hallmarks of electronic music of all time (at least in my opinion) that has been reissued more than a dozen times is very good to listen in autumn. It is hard to describe this album, because it is very experimental and abstract by nature. It’s like a journey to the unknown, which can transform you. “Sphere of no-form” is a very transcendental track, which I do not expect everyone to understand; “hyperborea” and “silene” are two other tracks that hold special place in my memory.

    5. Band: Adrian Von Ziegler

    Album: Vagabond (song: Autumn Forest) [2013]

    For those who aren’t very much into abstract music and are more of romantic nature, this song written by a talented Swiss composer should be perfect. It is quite emotional and has a distinct medieval flavor. What I like about it the most, is the way the sound flows, never becoming repetitive, and how different instruments complement each other, creating a warm and harmonious river amid cold and gloomy autumn.


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