Empire of Illusions

by Palantir

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Fatal Charm 04:47
Exhibit A 07:27
Dismissed in shadow Revealed in light Hurting - Exhibit A Senseless emotion In search for a wrong receiver Calling: Exhibit A Lost in the vortex of own subconscious Trapped in Dreams - no reality - Exhibit A * The Empire of Illusions Rises again Spreading. Exhibit A Inside my Circle of Stones Suspended in dreams Waiting - Exhibit A A signal is coming From the Threshold of Perception The light of hope shines in your eyes One small flame Burns from inside Rises from the depths of sorrow To ease my troubled mind Breaking the ties - Exhibit A The future may come! Exhibit A (future) come.
Spinback 10:43


Take a three-dimensional trip into the subconscious: The Palantír takes you into the world of dreams and fantasy. Within a dream the laws of the real world are without power. Free associations, new links appear, the unthinkable becomes possible.
Your journey through the Empire of Illusions will take you to different musical worlds: whirling sequences, lively rhythms, haunting voices, dreamy melodies, sounds of nature and meditative soundscapes.
The "Empire of Illusions" is the realm of dreams and dreamworlds, which we create each night in our sleep. Within a dream our consciousness loses its control allowing things from the subconscious to appear. Quick associations emerge, repressed thoughts and more, that seems to belong to a strange, fascinating but at the same time also familiar world...
Scientists are still not exactly sure why we dream but there is no doubt that it is essential for our survival.
In many old cultures dreams have an important, sometimes even religious meaning: There's the "Dreamtime" of the Aborigines, some texts of the christian Bible or the philosophical cognitions of Plato and Aristotle.
Time and again scientists try to explain dreaming as a purely physiological (body-functional) process, a sort of brain "spring cleaning" with meaningless content. But since Sigmund Freud published his theories of dream interpretation also other scientists started looking for the psychological meaning of dreams. The results of these researches are object to heavy discussions, though.
When we remeber a dream we open a pathway to our subconscious fantasy-world, to hidden memories, childhood desires, unfinished fears and also to the heart of our creativity.
By triggering own associations and providing space for the fantasy to unfold music can support getting in touch with the dreamworld and you can experience sort of a "brain-movie from the self"!

More about this album at www.circleofsounds.de/empire.htm


released June 9, 2000

All tracks composed, arranged and performed by Christian Schimmöller.

This CD has been produced using a new sophisticated recording technique (binaural recording), which provides a realistic, threedimensional impression of space while listening on normal stereo-headphones. The intensity of the sound experience is highly improved, the listener finds himself inside an acoustic hologram. Of course you can enjoy this CD also when played on loudspeakers but the 3D-effect will not fully unfold. The 3D-effect can be improved by choosing a quiet listening environment with only little visual distraction and eventually dimming the lights.


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Palantir Lingen, Germany

"Palantír" is a project by composer/audio engineer Christian Schimmöller from Munich, Germany. In Tolkien's fantasy world "Palantír" is translated as "what glances at the very distant" and is the name for an ancient crystal ball that can be used to look at distant lands and things and for telepathical communication with other persons far away. ... more

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