The album contains 20 tracks of gentle, ambient music by the group, and has a playing time of more than 78 minutes. It is designed to appeal to both therapists and a general audience, and has a journeying and visionary feel. The music features concert and ethnic flutes hauntingly played by John Hackett and Clive Williamson, and soothing acoustic guitar work from Richard Bolton.
The first hour of music on Lake of Dreams is perfect as a backdrop to relaxation, T’ai Chi and yoga, or alternative therapies such as aromatherapy, massage and reflexology. Tracks include Freefall, The Heron & the Sandpiper, None but the Lonely Heart and the title track from their Touching the Clouds double-length album designed specially for long periods of relaxation and massage.
The final 20 minutes of the CD represents some of the more atmospheric work by the group, with flute and guitar solos, a new tune called Libra Rising, two pieces written specially for radio and TV soundtracks, and Sesamum Seed & Rice, an Eastern-style global beats track which features Ashley Drees on mandolin and Brazilian pot drum, violinist Maloviere, and singer Emily Jane Sinclair. The piece been tremendously popular at live concerts by Symbiosis, and has played on many BBC radio stations.
Producer and musician Clive Williamson was very pleased with the resulting CD on its release in 1994: “Each of the Symbiosis albums up to now has a very different quality,” said Clive, “so we have chosen a selection of material from the albums which represents every facet of our music so far, and added some new pieces which are not yet available. We hope that Lake of Dreams will be just as intriguing and entertaining to listen to as it is useful to therapists teaching relaxation, or doing massage or reflexology sessions.”
“Warriors” etching by Penny Grant – from the album artwork