Hiroki Okano’s “Beyond The Dreamsphere” – Music For Helio Compass 2022

Album Release Date: February 11, 2022

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Beyond The Dreamsphere: Music For Helio Compass 2022 is a 52-minute grand musical score by Hiroki Okano, Japan’s leading ambient music composer. Featuring AKIRA∞IKEDA, a long-time collaborator of this series, this grand musical depiction of the year 2002 is an exploration of time and space in our solar system.

The Helio Compass music is a sonic depiction of a year, using the operation of the solar system as a grand musical score. It always starts with the Vernal Equinox. Halfway through we reach the Autumnal Equinox and complete a full-circle back in spring. The timeline of the astronomical information across the 365 days is laid out on a timescale of seconds.

Various sounds express the movements of the sun, moon, and planets, such as the 24 seasonal divisions, the moon phases and planetary alignments. As a lifetime can be sensed in one single breath, a vast spacetime is packed into one single recording. The sound of waves, coral, and crystal from the Amami Oshima and Hawaii island appear on this recording that will connect the listener to the history of our planet.

“After six collaborations with HELIO COMPASS, I am convinced.
In the vastness of space, we are standing on this earth.
Now at this very moment, we are traveling through the universe.
Our soul has experienced pain and joy thousands of times.
We have hurt and we have loved.
I feel that the universe allows for all things, good and bad.
If the law of immortality of energy is true, then our soul is also eternal.
Let us release into space the eternal now.” 
–Hiroki Okano

| C R E D I T S |
Music by Hiroki Okano featuring Akira ∞ Ikeda
Natural Sound Design : Hiroki Okano
Natural Sound Recording : Joe Okuda, Satoru Nakada and Hiroki Okano
Sound Programming : Hiroki Okano & Hiroaki
Recording & Mixing : Hiroki Okano (Ambience Studio)
Mastering : Hiroki Okano & Daichi Yuhara (Studio You)

Executive Producer : Eiichi Naito
Artists + Repertoire : Dino Malito

Joe Okuda (Nature sounds)
Aco Takenaka (Vocals)
Luca (Vocals)

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