From the recording Ancient Dreamscapes
This improvisation was created with loop pedal; mixed and mastered with the subtle use of dreamy contemporary studio effects, in my attempt to evoke the attributes of this long forgotten deity of the ancient Greek pantheon of gods...
Quoting from Wikipedia:
"In Greek mythology, Hypnos is the personification of sleep; the Roman equivalent is known as Somnus. Hypnos is the son of Nyx ("The Night") and Erebus ("The Darkness"). His brother is Thanatos ("Death"). Both siblings live in the underworld (Hades) or in Erebus, another valley of the Greek underworld. According to rumours, Hypnos lived in a big cave, which the river Lethe ("Forgetfulness") comes from and where night and day meet. His bed is made of ebony, on the entrance of the cave grow a number of poppies and other hypnotic plants. No light and no sound would ever enter his grotto. According to Homer, he lives on the island Lemnos, which later on has been claimed to be his very own dream-island. He is said to be a calm and gentle god, as he helps humans in need and, due to their sleep, owns half of their lives".
The lyre featured in this track, is my 10-string lyre, made in the USA by Marini Made Harps.
The lyre theme which I have looped & upon which I have based this improvisation, is my "Hymn to Zeus" - originally featured on my 2010 album, "Apollo's Lyre", in 2018, Rufus Wainwright adapted my lyre theme in two scenes of his second opera, "Hadrian".