A work, by Kraus, in nine movements; initially created as a soundtrack for a float tank experience. But you can listen in a dark room in a bath that is heavily dosed with epsom salts*, or alternatively use a dry listening environment, eg lying down on a yoga mat or mattress, with dim lighting eg. candles, and incense.
0'00" – Prelude
6'17" – Sandcastle Abbey
16'51" – Celebrant Crustacean
23'16" – The Exchange of Vows
33'27" – Rings
36'36" – Lifting the Veil
46'25" – Just Married
54'43" – Reception (Band of Dolphins)
Kraus, who composed the piece specifically for isolated listening in Float Well's specially designed float tanks, travelled to Pōneke for several research float trips while creating the piece.
He says "the physical experience in the float tank is not one of floating so much as suspension in a void, sometimes to the point of feeling absolutely fixed at the centre of the universe. Floating can be an intense experience, so I wanted this music to be soothing and light. Hence the fantasy theme of a 'Seahorse Wedding', in a sandcastle abbey, with a crustacean celebrant, and a wedding-reception band of dolphins."
A very limited number of discounted tickets for 'Seahorse Wedding' will be available at to book through Float Well until Sunday 20th November. Please go to https://www.floatwell.co.nz/ and type the discount code "KRAUS".
Kraus (a.k.a. Pat Kraus) (he/him) is a producer of psychedelic music based in Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland. His singular and eclectic work encompasses a range of influences, from Golden Age electronics and psychedelic rock, to Eastern folk and medieval Western music. Since 2002 he has released 18 albums, and presented his endlessly evolving live performances throughout New Zealand, Australia and Europe. He is also creator of the Musical Electronics Library, a free lending library of musical electronic devices at The Audio Foundation.