Hypnosis is a state of human consciousness involving focused attention, reduced peripheral awareness and an enhanced capacity for response to suggestion. Music can be a method of hypnotism and Josef Gaard is an excellent practitioner of this technique. His music, an ingenious blend of techno beats and ambient atmosphere, relaxes and liberates your conscious mind while awakening your subconscious. “It’s a patient approach,” he says. “I like creating tracks that are puzzle pieces to a greater picture. There are moments when people can pick up little realizations.” His music seems structureless but that is only because he is so good at concealing his craft. Like looking out the window of a train at night, he takes you on a journey across a dynamic landscapes without you ever realizing it. He and his crew, secondnature, have created a unique Pacific Northwest aesthetic and sound. Check out their showcase Wednesday, September 23 at The Crocodile.