8.5 hours duration, a full night’s repose.
31 sections explore variations on five themes.
Scored for piano, cello, viola, violin, organ, voice (soprano), synthesisers and electronics.
The opus took years to complete;
during its creation the composer consulted a neuroscientist.
It has been performed live in Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, London, and the Sydney Opera House.
Oh sleep! it is a gentle thing,
Beloved from pole to pole.
~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge
In a Los Angeles park as evening falls
Lines of army cots lie to attention
Awaiting, for one night only,
A warm body to have and hold while
Liminal melodies weave time into
A tapestry of dreams
A flock of sheep that leisurely pass by
One after one; the sound of rain, and bees
Murmuring; the fall of rivers, winds and seas,
Smooth fields, white sheets of water, and pure sky –
I’ve thought of all by turns, and still I lie
~ William Wordsworth, “To Sleep”
The best cure for insomnia is to get a lot of sleep.
~ W.C. Fields
Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath and a glass of wine.
~ Thomas Aquinas
A ruffled mind makes a restless pillow.
~ Charlotte Bronte
Sleep is the best meditation.
~ Dalai Lama
On the back of the 8 CD boxed set, Richer wrote, “Sleep is my personal lullaby for a frenetic world — a manifesto for a slower pace of existence.”
Deutsche Grammophon also produced a one hour ‘highlights’ package entitled From Sleep, colloquially known as Nap.
Laugh and the world laughs with you, snore and you sleep alone.
~ Anthony Burgess
When I woke up this morning my girlfriend asked me, ‘Did you sleep good?’
I said, ‘No, I made a few mistakes.’
~ Steven Wright
This is a film for these frenetic times; a meditative respite from the rush and chaos of the modern world.
A study of the universal experience of sleep, that unites us all.