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Finnish musician and sound artist Olli Aarni released Haalea last year on Longform Editions. Describing the piece, Olli says: "It's me reflecting my worst sleeping habits, when I went to sleep too late and then I wake up to this beautiful day but I feel it's too early for me. The sun is shining and it's a kind of piercing sunshine that wakes you up in this almost violent way, but when you open your eyes it's not too bad. You're on the verge of if you should go back to sleep, or if you should go and enjoy the day."

In this episode of SleepTalker, Olli talks to Bec about his ongoing hypnogogic and pareidolic preoccupations, and how he composes longform sounds to accompany sleep — including the "sleep test", where if a piece of music wakes Olli from a studio nap, it's not yet ready. Olli also explains an earlier piece, Lumpeenkukka, a generative synthesiser composition that's a "dreamy, echoey, always-morphing pattern" based on a phone alarm sound.

Find out more about Olli's work at his website or follow him on Twitter.

Playlist for SleepTalker – 9 April 2020

About this program

A show about sleep, dreams, nightmares and what happens in your head after dark. Meditations from the edges of consciousness, exploring circadian rhythms, mental health, what keeps us awake and helps us drift. Interviews, field recordings, sound art, creative audio and ambient music to keep you company in the dark.

SleepTalker started as an independent podcast in 2014, and now joins the Triple R grid as a weekly two-hour live show.

Get in touch if you have sleepy sounds, dream recollections, nightmares, sleeping patterns or nighttime stories you want to share on the show.