Circle of Sleep

by Isnaj Dui

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An hour long circular portrait of sleep starting off in an awake state, drifting through the four stages of sleep and then gradually waking up. Inspired by a friend's comment about being lulled to sleep by the gentle tones of Isnaj Dui's work this piece ends where it began, exploring dreams and sleep along the way.

To celebrate one year since its first performance, FBox Records is proud to present a very limited edition CD release of the piece in full with stunning sleeve design by Paul Kelly. The piece will also be available for free download through the FBox Records website.

Originally commissioned for broadcast on Arctic Circle Radio and first performed at National Portrait Gallery, London, February 2010. Recorded by Katie English at The Box Factory, March 2010.


The piece is played continuously with definable sections as follows:

Awake state - drifting off to sleep.
Phase 1 - brain patterns slowing down, occasional spasms.
Phase 2 - no eye movement, sleep spindles occur.
Phase 3 - deep sleep, fragmented dreams.
Phase 4 - little muscle movement, vivid dreams (in two sections)
Phase 2 - no eye movement, sleep spindles occur.
Phase 4 - little muscle movement, vivid dreams.
Phase 1 - brain patterns slowing down, occasional spasms.
Awake state - gradually awakening.

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released February 21, 2011

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Isnaj Dui Halifax, UK

Standing awkwardly between neo-impressionism and electronica, Isnaj Dui (aka Katie English) conveys a minimal yet capturing sound using flutes, home-made dulcimers and electronics. As a classically trained flautist, English has also studied electroacoustic music, alternative tunings and Balinese gamelan and has collaborated with numerous artists from electronica acts to folk bands. ... more

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