Part of the reason I got into electronic music is something that I have rarely discussed with anyone.
When I was young, I used to imagine that there were land whales. I’m not even sure why this started, I suppose that I had some understanding of normal whales, and the existential plight they were in because the reports that they had been driven close to extinction by whaling had made it through to me in some fashion.
When I imagined this, I would be a bystander on a hill watching them go in and out of the ground from some distance, and the ground would almost “splash” off of them like water. They would carve up the landscape, and leave immense networks of dangerous caves (some collapsed) in their “wake”.
I remember wanting them to exist, and wanting very much for them to visit the city closest to where I lived (Salt Lake City).
Of course all of this is physically unlikely for fauna of any kind, and I realized later in life the nature of the earth, strata, and tectonic plates, Etc. But you can imagine my delight in discovering and reading Dune, which had sand worms that allowed me to relate in some very distant way with the imagination of Frank Herbert.
I still find myself, sometimes, attempting to soundtrack those imaginary whales with my musical devices. And, of course, I always imagine them coming up through the ground in slow motion (very dramatic) with chunks of mountain flying off of their foreheads. Naturally, I’m drawn to drone. It is still a source of inspiration for me, such as it is being founded in my ignorance and naivety as a child.
I just thought I would throw that experience out there to see if anyone else was inspired by something personal that is imaginary, or that doesn’t really exist but still affects you emotionally.