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Lucid Dreams 0096 is a 1996 ambient album, on the em:t label. It is credited to "0096", but this is merely the sequential catalogue number of the disc, labelled in em:t’s house style – the actual instrumentation on the album was provided by Miasma and Bad Data, two em:t artists.

Writer, philosopher and psychologist Celia Green had already recorded one track for the em:t label – In the Extreme, which was featured on 1995's "2295" compilation. A quote from Green also featured on the CD's sleevenotes. In the Extreme featured Green reading extracts and epithets from her books The Human Evasion and Advice to Clever Children. Em:t judged the track to have enough merit to commission an entire album featuring Green, with an overarching theme, and thus Lucid Dreams was created.

The bulk of the album is taken up by Celia Green reading extracts from her book Lucid Dreams: The Paradox of Consciousness During Sleep, as well as some new material. Green describes the phenomenon of lucid dreaming and its many aspects; its relation to waking life and perception, its erotic possibilities, relation to nightmares, and so forth. Interspersed among these are instances of actual dreams, read out by voice artists.

The example dreams included are often from well-known or notable people, including Oliver Fox, Ernst Mach and Marie-Jean-Léon, Marquis d'Hervey de Saint Denys. Both Fox and d’Hervey de Saint Denys were very interested in dreams and dreaming, and both experienced fully lucid dreams.

The instrumentation and vocal effects that create the album's unique atmosphere were the work of Chris Allen, Will Joss, Tom Smyth and David Thompson, and the album was constructed by recording Green's narrative and the "case studies" at the Institute for Psychophysical research in Oxford, with the ambient music, noise and soundscapes added later at Square Centre studios in Nottingham. The recordings all took place in 1995. One of the two male voices reciting the anecdotal case studies is that of Will Joss, the sound engineer of the album and a lynchpin of much of em:t's output.

In common with all other em:t releases, the album's cover is a library photograph of an animal, courtesy of the Designer's Republic – in this case, an extreme close-up of the eye of a parrotfish.

Due to Green's standing as a psychologist and academic, the album was reviewed in New Scientist, and the New Statesman.[1]

Celia Green's work was the first to attempt a scientific study of lucid dreaming, and bring it to a wider audience. The album can be seen as a continuation of that work. As a result of Green and McCreery's original study, lucid dreams have become a legitimate field of research, and the apparent logic governing lucid dreaming has been absorbed into popular culture. The rules of lucid dreaming (how one can tell if one is dreaming, what one is able to do in a dream) laid down in movies like Inception, for instance, are very similar to Green’s methods detailed here.

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