We all get those moments in life when we experience, if only for a second, something that utterly inspires us; we want to be a musician, a dancer, a bee keeper, a circus performer. It may be the overwhelming desire to collect new experiences, travel, or learn a new skill or language. But what if we actually played on these inspirations-turned-aspirations?
The alluring worlds of the Night were the subject of our fascination for Volume Four. Our initial thinking behind this choice of theme was rather simple: we wanted an abstract starting point that would allow us to pull at interesting threads, and create an original selection of stories. The Night proved to be an exciting concept that held so much potential for unusual interpretation, especially within our editorial style.
Many of us may choose to burn the midnight oil and we discuss how these Sleepless Nights may be used as a time for creative endeavours and pursuits of the mind. We reflect on what the humble light bulb has afforded us, as we are now no longer bound by the parameters of daylight hours. We visit New York, Berlin and London, to discover thriving night cultures that are deep-rooted within the cities' histories and personalities.
With an interest in the natural world we couldn't resist delving into the nocturnal realm of The Night Garden, a place where flowers bloom in the darkness, heady scents hang in the air, and the nocturnal pollinators come out to play. We dive into the deep reaches of our oceans and explore tropical coral reefs with marine biologist, David Gruber, and gain a better understanding of the Luminous Worlds that exist beneath the water's surface. We travel to the most southern regions of our planet and step out onto the icy plains of the East Antarctic Icesheet on a Meteorite Hunt with Ralph P. Harvey and Katie Joy, to try to unlock the secrets of the universe from within these nuggets of space rock.
Lastly, we gain an insight into the form and function of the Haunting Soundworlds created for the crime-thriller genre. We examine how sound may be used to manipulate, influence and guide our emotional and intrinsic reactions, and how sound designers are able to interweave deep narratives into a soundtrack.
We hope that you enjoy reading this volume where you'll find the Night theme meanders through the pages in unusual ways, unfolding a closely curated yet disparate selection of stories.