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Aboutface live Feat. Taro presents - The water that glows like dancing glass cuts crimson.(2019)

Project contributors:

Alfred Wegener Institute – a centre for polar and marine research. (Polar expedition sound recordings)  


The University of the Arts London- London College of Communication

Smile Plastics

Taro (Violin)

Leyla Pillai (Dream Prose Narration)

NTS Radio

Freerotation Festival

Inspired by dream prose collected from a 3 month period recording in a dream journal, the project uses glacier sounds recorded on Polar expedition c/o the Alfred Wegener Institute – a centre for polar and marine research,  to create an interdisciplinary music performance and portfolio of works.

Exploring an abstract intersection between the dream realm and the Polar cryosphere in the Arctic and Antarctica.

Evoking the inter connectivity between environmental change and the collective subconscious.

Project output

Live performance/exhibition at Freerotation festival, Hay-on-Wye, UK. (5th, 6th and 7th Jul 2019), Broadcast on NTS radio shortly after.

Liquid Acrylic Painting with recycled plastic art made from used cosmetic bottles.

Degenerated VHS AV piece

Experimental 35mm Photography.

Multi-media art and music release to follow.

Artists to donate music sales profits to Extinction Rebellion

Additional project info



The project was conceptualised following a three month period of recording the content of my dreams in a dream journal (included below).

I developed techniques to be able to recall dream content in more detail- sketching elements, or obtaining objects within my dreams. Also using meditation techniques in order to prolong the hypnopompic state – the theta wave brain state transitioning between the dreams and being awake. During this period it is much easier to recall dream content in more detail.


During the two months a reoccurring theme presented itself – flooding; a railway line that led into the sea; a room filled with seawater; a city centre flooded.

One prominent dream was monolithic ice structure, with an embossed foreign language much like braille.


Following a period of reflection and Interpretation of my dreams, I decided

To pursue a project based on Glaciology and Sea Levels rising, subsequently being granted access to AWI’s expedition sounds and polar research data.

Dream Prose

An interesting development of the increased interaction with my dream content was the ability to see passages of text, or Dream Prose. Sections of these have become the song titles, in advance of the music being made and thus influencing the songs through musical interpretation. The Dream prose consists of section literally seen in my dreams, and my interpretation of my dreams.

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