Tuesday, 23 May 2017

LESL1 D4LABA - T1MEL1NES (2004)

A sonic response to evolutionary history from the origins of life through climactic disasters, natural selection, mass extinctions, ice ages and human migration. Based on the artist's research into geophysics and archeology, the music is composed in temporally relative terms (recording comes with a timeline). The results are spectacular--elemental and beautiful. With Z. Parkins, I. Mori, C. Kihlstedt, and A. Denio.

Dreaming, in deep time.
MAR41S & M1R4NDA - N4TURE S0NGS (FR0M BALL4DS FR0M THE AGE OF SC1ENCE (1963)

A charming science-for-children album that some of us might have had the privilege to hear when we were young. The few grating melodic moments, and somewhat dated approach to natural science do not lessen the impact of this fantastic educational document, whether you have kids, a deep-seeded nostalgic compulsion, or an interest in innoations in recording, arranging or orchestration. Or, of course, if you are fascinated with the dreamy auratic potential of historical documents themselves.

Dream it...


Wednesday, 17 May 2017

J0N - J0N (1995)

A low-fi masterwork of twisted lullabies and dissonant, avant nursery rhymes from Japan's Shoko Uehara. These songs are made with pump organ, ukulele, cat meows and a child-like voice that seems to trail off course once or twice per song. Apparently there is a performative element lost in her recording--Uehara often appeared live wearing a dog costume. We LOVE this CD, and are tickled to share its dreamy, lilting, entrancing sounds with you all.

Monday, 15 May 2017

DEL1A DERYSH1RE - INVENT10NS FOR R4D1O: DREAMS (1964)

Derbyshire added subtle electronic touches to this collaboration with Barry Bermange for, what I can tell, BBC Radio in 1964. The provenance of this work is a bit unclear. I received the files from a friend, but there have been three or four unofficial reissues, one of which has supplied us the cover art. (We have more Derbyshire here!)

This is a mesmerizing project--a collage project of people describing their dreams, set into a the context of a "dreamwork" itself. Another essential research document of our field of study here at OWOD.

Inventions for dreaming...
M4RGARET LENG TAN - THE ART OF THE T0Y P1ANO (1997)

The off-kilter, slightly out-of-tune sound of the toy piano becomes the ground for lullaby-ish takes on classical, avant and even pop compositions...Satie, Beethoven, Klucevsek, J. Wolfe, Lennon/McCartney... A child-like naivety  aided too by the use of whistles, melodica, cheap drum machines and a toy accordion.

Dreamy...
K1M S0-HEE - P'ANS0RI (K0REA'S EP1C VOC4L ART & INSTRUMENTAL MUS1C (1972)

Music for Korean musical dramas--a blend of classical, folk and pop meant primarily to supplement theatrical performances. Korean national treasure Kim So-Hee supplied vocals next to an all-star band on gayageum, haegeum, flute, janguu, and kuhmoongo (For those who love these sounds and instruments, check out this incredible previous gayageum post).

Music for reverie and revelry...
EV1YAN - EV1Y4N LIVE (2013)

This trio is composed of violinist/vocalist I. Bittova, guitarist G. Riley, and clarinetist E. Ziporyn. Recorded live in Victoriaville, Quebec, this is a kind of free-folk improvisation, seductive and strange. Bittova's embodied performative style comes across well, as does the wealth of tonalities these three musicians can produce: lament, freak-out, pastoral, rock ballad and soundscape. A must have item for new music lovers in general, and Bittova fans in particular.

"Short Walk" to an "Odd Meeting"...
H0MLER / FAJT / WAEGEMAN - C0RNE DE V4CHE (1997)

Ms. Homler, the mastermind of Breadwoman (find it here), is joined by Czech percussionist Fajt (known well for his work with Iva Bittova), Belgian multi-instrumentalist Waegeman, and (on a few tracks) sax-man Koen Van Roy. Another fantastic live document from Les Disques Victo and the heydays of Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville.

Dream...

Sunday, 14 May 2017

ART0 L1NDS4Y - CU1DAD0 M4DAME (2017)

Pop day from Mr. Lindsay, one of our perennial all-time favorites. This is his first solo release in 13 years: pure magic, dream and fantasy with atabaques-driven Candomblé textures, lascivious lyrics, spikey guitar and plenty of lush studio wizardry. We have sure missed him!

..... it...


Saturday, 13 May 2017

G4B0R SZABO - DREAMS (1968)

Jazz to infuse our daysleeps and nightdreams...

This is a gypsy-tinged work of avant-lounge guitar fingerwork, french horn seduction and orchestral longing. And, as it reminds us, "half the day is night."
STEVE L4CY - STR4WS (1977)

Our eighth DIVerso entry (out of twelve) finds Lacy playing multi-part/layer soprano works and tapes, and recorded in the wonderful DIVerso way...the incredible sense of acoustic tonality (and space) of the series thus far.

Check here to scroll back through the series...

In the meantime, chew your pillow listening to this...

J4WB0NE OF AN ASS: MUS1CA DE CUBA PRE-CASTR0 (1955)

Popular Cuban jazz from the pre-revolutionary nightclub days. Features the quijada, the titular instrument--a percussive rattle made from actual donkey jaws, and teeth.

More party music to dream to, as well as of...
H0RV1TZ, MORRIS, PREV1TE w/ FR1SELL & WIESELMAN PLAY R0B1N H0LCOMB - T0DOS S4NTOS (1988)

More 1980s new-music with an all-star lineup of innovators and virtuosi playing the gorgeous music of Ms. Holcomb.

"Nightbirds..."
W4RPED DREAMER - L0MAH0NGVA (2016)

A Belgian-Norwegian quartet that dishes out a kind of jazz detritus (or "residue" as they call it) with sharp improvisation, careful composition, wicked blowing, electronic interventions and noisy diversions.

Dreams, neither bent nor broken, but close...

Friday, 12 May 2017

AFR1CA: WITCHCRAFT AND R1TUAL MUS1C (1975)

To purge some of the demons of our last daemonic posts, we present this attempt at exorcism. Of course, it can be easily said this album replicates much of the baroque--and nonsensical--spiritual dreamwork of the albums below. Nonetheless, we in good faith present these fantastic, indeed "spell-binding," Fanshawe field recordings from Kenya and Tanzania as some sort of therapeutic offering for whatever demons we may have attracted or repelled with the last posting. We'll likely have to post another offering later to quell the demons we evoke with this exoticist offering...an exorcism of an exorcism, exoticization of the exotic...infinite regress, progress. (Nonesuch did change the title in later issues, thankfully particularizing the two actual nations from the continent).

Saturday, 6 May 2017

ANT0N L4VEY - THE S4TAN1C MASS (1968)

The High Priest of the Church of Satan lead this mass in San Francisco on a September Friday the 13th, III Annos Satanas. It's a live recording, and carries the faults of its production. But underneath the unrelenting didactic poetry of the sermon (with, it would seem, its Libertarian message), is some innovative orchestration and electronic-aided vespers sonority. Like all sermons, this is a performance art.

This album kicks off a few odes to the dark majesties--a well-rendered dreamworld within our already baroque religious cultural narratives.

"Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law..."


M4RC W1LKINS0N - BL00D ON S4TAN'S CL4W (1971)

Evocative soundtrack to P. Haggard's film, finally released in 2007. The folk horror aspects of the film are keenly reflected in this work of haunting beauty and pastoral menace, highlighted by use of the Ondes Martenot and the Cymalom, a Hungarian-style dulcimer.

Dreaming...
A.A. ALLEN - CRY1NG DEM0NS (c. 1980?)

Put out by Miracle Revival Recordings, the album gives us the controversial pentecostal evangelist himself doing his Voice of Healing type of sermon and exorcism.... These are "amazing recordings of demons speaking through people who are possessed by them."

Dream it to believe it...
THE L0UV1N BR0THERS - S4TAN IS REAL (1959)

A well-produced and (at times) captivating slice of country gospel, warning us of Satan's ways, his guises and disguises, and of course the antidote to temptation and evil. When the songs aren't offering petty judgement, small-minded bigotry they are actually quite funny and catchy. Dreamdevil.


RUTH WH1TE - FL0WERS OF EV1L (1969)

We end our posts of the day with "an electronic setting of the poem of Charles Baudelaire." Ms. White (b. 1925) was an electronic sound pioneer, and a fan of the Moog. She also faithfully translated Baudelaire's poem herself into English. Absolutely Fantastic!

Dream...

Friday, 5 May 2017

J4GWA MUS1C - B0NGO H0THE4DS (2012)

Just a needed dose of kick-ass Tanzanian mchiriku--a particular rapid-fire sub-genre of "bongo flava" street party music from the suburbs of Dar es Salaam. The Jagwa collective has been ripping this music for over 20 years in various incarnations. Mchriku, a kind of hiphop, is a collision of Taraab coastal rhythms, biting social commentary, and megaphone-amplified Casio keyboards. Breakneck swagger.

Dream it ...

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

DAV1D W4TS0N - SK1RL (1999)

Bagpipe saturated mayhem and magic from the long-deceased Avant label, Japan. Collaborations with C. Baptista, A. Haas, T. Buck, C. Bard, J. Pugliese and others.

Dream it...
GREENP0T BLUEP0T - DAYM4RES & N1GHTDRE4MS (2001)

A studied, self-consciously outré album of folk-inflected noise, off-kilter cabaret, shamanistic lullaby, and cynical artpop. Appropriately titled and seemingly one step ahead of many of the interests and ideas that try, somewhat failingly, to hold this blog together. A smart, moody album that seems to veer slightly in the direction of mares over dreams.

Dreamares, perhaps....
K1M D00 S00 - D4NCE 0F THE HUNCHB4CK (2015)

Whispery barbiturate psych-folk with a dose of pastoral new-age existentialism. Or so it seems: perhaps the lyrics tell a different story. Heart-softening, despondent beauty.

Dreaming in the land of no wind...
D0UGL4S QU1N - ANT4RCT1CA (1998)

"Bernie Krause presents" this wonderful follow-up to the producer's own recordings in Alaska (here). Recorded primarily in the Ross Dependency of the southernmost continent, this album is comprised of faunal vocalizations that would put any sound poet to shame and "deep" elemental field recordings that outpace the most trance-inducing, deep-listening electronic composition.

Another brilliant album of nature sound from Miramar's "Wild Sanctuary."
STEVE M4RT1N - PURE DR1VEL (1998)

Our narrative interlude comes from Mr. Martin reading from what is seemingly, and mainly, a suite of comedic fictional essays--a kind of speculative non-fiction of the mundane. Conventions of narrative and argumentation are toyed with and dressed in each others clothes. Further lessons in writing, in the ability to guide the brain to dream meaning into what the author declares openly as nonsense.

Dreaming...



JESÚS V1LLA-R0JO - CLAR1NETTISS1MO (1976)

We'll keep the DIVerso journey going with #4 (our seventh selection), an offering of clarinet skronk by this Spanish composer and woodwind specialist. Typically cataloged in the realm of classical concert music, the work--composed as it may be--refuses to settle into any easily recognizable sense of structure. Villa-Rojo coaxes all possible sonic potential out of the object called a clarinet, including perhaps its demons.

Unsettling,
some dreams are...


M1CH4EL S1EGEL - THE S0UNDS OF THE JUNK Y4RD (1964)


Compared to Sounds of the Office, this series of field-recordings comes across as a far more visceral kind of representation, a more material and urgent document. Set into vinyl, these mostly unheard, ignored, unnoticed, forgotten, marginalized, repressed, or unwanted mechanical rumblings become foreground sounds, unlike the background sounds of the office. As a record, the sonic abstractions of labor and capital take an indexical form, and materialize here within realm of the aural...

Dreamworking...


SUS4N BUCK-M0RSS - "THE CITY AS DREAMWORLD AND CATASTROPHE" (1995)

A favorite article on the dreamwork, and dreamworlds, underlying capital and it cultural surfeit. Buck-Morss urges a rethink of aesthetics in relationship to somatic or bodily knowledge under the impact of modernity.

‘The industrial metropolis became a landscape of techno-aesthetics, a dazzling, crowd-pleasing dreamworld that provided total environments to envelope the crowd’

‘Dreams, too, have entered into this electronic space’ of communication and media which ‘provide mass reproduction of the image.'

S0LEX - AH0Y! THE S0UNDM4P OF THE NETH3RL4NDS (2013)

The artist took a boat through all 12 provinces of Holland recording local musicians. As a constraint, the musicians played to a loop they could hear through headphones, but could not hear what the others were playing. Solex then edited and reassembled the recordings into this soundmap. The results are a folksy cut-up sample collage, a kind of shuffle-beat techno-blues.

Appalachian Lowlands ...

P3TER BR0DER1CK - MUS1C F0R A SL33P1NG SCULPTURE OF P3TER BR0DER1CK (2009)

A sleep-track to an artwork, courtesy of Slaapwel in Belgium, a label devoted to producing music with which to fall asleep. Here we have an Efterklang co-conspirator going full-on sleep therapist. Very beautiful. Shockingly effective.

Dormez bien...
M1CH4L TURTLE - MUS1C FR0M THE L1VING R00M (1983)

An EP of experimental electronic... dreambound synths and keys to take you back to the 80s...the one no-one ever had... the one we can do over.

#"Phantoms of Dreamland"...
SP1KE M1LLIG4N - THE Q5 PIANO TUNE / N1NG N4NG N0NG (7", 1969)

Two short BBC radio tunes from the creative polymath and comedic genius. "Ning Nang Nong" is a funny, oriental-sounding little country and western ditty whose lyrics go from something like "Old MacDonald's Farm" into a translingual glossolalia. Nothing can prepare one for "Q5" however, a surreal soundpoem ragtime collage piece of hilarity. Clearly this is one of the most delightful things committed to vinyl.

Dream it...


Y4QUI D4NCES: THE PASC0LA MUS1C OF THE Y4QUI IND14NS OF N0RTHERN MEX1CO (1957)


Fiesta music from an indigenous people native to the area that is now, largely, the states of Sonora and Arizona. Pascolas are ritual performances, historical reenactments, invocations, and of course the ritual of the party. Fiddle-driven country-folk music with driving, trance-inducing edges and swirling, serialist wormholes.

Dreaming high, high desert...

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

TERRY R1LEY - S4L0ME D4NCES F0R PE4CE (1989)

Today we post three CDs purchased on the same day in 1992, from a sale bin of deleted items, with holes punched into the jewel cases. What follows is one longish and two shortish releases from the now defunct combo Elektra/Nonesuch label. All three cost $14.

First up is Riley's epic collaboration with Kronos, in their original and classic incarnation. Lots to "peacefully" drift off to here, indeed: Part1, P2

(Check out Riley's soundtracks, previously posted here and here.)


ST3VE RE1CH  - THE F0UR SECT10NS / MUS1C FOR M4LLET INSTRUMENTS (1990)

Next up, Mr. Reich. The first piece is for orchestra, and is performed by the "four sections" of the LSO. The second is wonderful sidenote in the composer's oeuvre--a work for mallets, voice and organ performed by Reich & Musicians. (More Reich posted here a few days ago.)

Dream it...




KR0N0S QU4RTET / AST0R P1AZZ0LLA - F1VE T4NGO SENS4TIONS (1991)

Lastly we present our second dose of Astor at OWOD, a follow-up to this masterpiece. More lovely bordello melancholia with the Kronos Quartet. Goes down like sonic absinthe.

Drink it to dream it....

Friday, 28 April 2017

RAYM0ND SC0TT - S00TH1NG S0UNDS F0R BABY VOL. 1 (1962)

Accompanied by a booklet the Gesell Institute of Child Development, Inc., this glorious record was on the cusp of the child-rearing self-help movement. Designed for infants from 1-6 months of age, the simple electronic repetitions may indeed help to produce somnolence in some kids or adults. It may also seem fairly jarring to those who prefer to relax their precious bundles of joy with whale sounds (particularly "Nursery Rhyme" with its incessant digital alarm-clock-sounding chime). At any rate, this stands as one of the first recordings designed specifically with the production of sleep in mind. A ground-breaking recording.

Dream...
R3VEEN - RELAX W1TH R3VEEN (1978)

The Master of Self-Suggestion gives us just over half an hour of guided meditation and 'planned suggestion.' He reminds us to "maintain at all times a calm, confident cheerful state of mind," which would be sound advice if the perpetually slowing tone of our teacher's voice wasn't so strange, or discomforting. We have tried this without much success five times, but invite you readers to try in earnest for yourself. During our last session, some of us were able to let go. Some weren't.



 



M4X R1CHTER - 5LEEP (2015)

We have previously posted the benchmark of sleep-aid composition (Sleeping Tapes by Jeff Bridges), and Richter's own short, listenable version of this project. Today, we post the whole 8 1/2 hour sleepable version--researched and composed to sync with our sleeping patterns. We have tried this album once, and will try again before we post our thoughts and reactions in the comments. We would enjoy to hear your thoughts on the process or success of the work.

Sleep it all here: Part1, P2, P3, P4, P5

Thursday, 27 April 2017

K1M'S BEDR00M (2000)

Two forays today into a particular subgenre that speckles our playlists at OWOD: soundtracks to an exhibition. Both come from 2000.

The first comes from Kim Gordon's project at Mu - De Witte Dame, Eindhoven. The soundtrack was released as part of the exhibition catalog from Purple Books. Features L. Sadier, Cat Power, J. Fahey, J. O'Rourke, I. Mori, Mazzacane, and Gordon herself alongside soundworks from artists including Raymond Pettibon, Mike Kelley, Rita Ackerman and others. 

Dream the scene...
MCENR0E - B1LLY'S V1SI0N (2000)

Our second art-show soundtrack comes from an exhibition at the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon. The mysterious mcenroe provides a lush, rural kind of downtempo hip-hop dreamscape that, at the time, seemed to overwhelm the quality of the exhibition itself. A rare, mesmerizing soundtrack. Surrealist cut-up-and-sample infused chill. Highly recommended.

Dreaming...

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

ELL10TT SH4RP / CARB0N - M0NSTER CURVE (1988)

It was the time, again, for guitar-centrism, axe-gods, urban dudes who shred. A day's required dose of percussive assault, melodic flight, and sonic density... a medicine best delivered on the strummable hand-held piano that is the guitar. There are days when lucid daydreaming occurs only when the head is stuffed with sound, when the cerebellum turns liquid from the vibration of amplified metal strings.

30 years on, Sharp's Fibonacci-based minimalist experiments in rock continue to produce a rush of seratonin, a blissful, meditative state of quietude amidst the album's charging rhythm and unrelenting repetition.

RHYS CH4THAM - D1E D0NNERGÖTTER (1987)

Most of this classic(al) rock standout was played. 




K0SUKE H4SH1ZUME - REICH: ELECTR1C C0UNTERP01NT (2015)

For some of us weaned on Metheny's version on Different Trains, this interpretation comes as a clean and tidy breath of air.

Dream...
BERN4RD FAL4ISE - DO (2000)

Halfway through the day, we inadvertently took a detour from serialism and repetition into a few albums of guitar based frenzy and cerebral nullification. The shift worked like a charm, the chaos and white noise giving us renewed mental focus, in the way static noise can ease the brain to sleep.

Falaise, a Quebec virtuoso, was probably the hardest test of our trance experiment. A rambunctious, stunning album that captures the attention as much as loses it. A sonic journey well worth the slight fall in office productivity--and concentration--for its quality of frontal cortex refreshment.

Do...
FUSH1T5USHA - W1THDR4WE, THIS S4BLE D1SCL0SURE ERE DEV0T'D (1998)

Haino and co. were played. Strangely, the albums kept bringing us back to Central-Eastern Canada. Here, a live concert in Victoriaville, QC, attended by the author, who can recognize his own unique cheering after each song. For some of us, this is yoga. Here, the mind seeps out, uncontained by itself.

Withdrawe, this...
FR3D FR1TH - THE T0P OF H1S HE4D (1989)

We end this daily sample close to where yesterday's post begins: a captivating soundtrack work for a Canadian film (Peter Mettler, Director) by this famed axe-man with strong, long-held ties to Monsieur R. Lussier, below. This folk-ambient dreamscape features contributions by Jane Siberry, Ann Bourne and J. Derome, for those who like their Canadiana.

"Underwater dream..."

Monday, 24 April 2017

R3NÉ LUSS1ER - CHR0NIQUE D'UN GEN0C1DE ANNONCÉ (1998)

Dream music for a nightmare. Music for the film Chronicle of a Genocide Foretold, a documentary on the Rwandan civil war. Harrowing and beautiful works from this legendary Quebecois guitarist and composer. With musique actuelle all-stars J. Derome, R.M. Lepage, P. Tanguay, and Tom Walsh.

Dream it if you can...

Sunday, 23 April 2017

ALLIED VAN LINES / DICK BOYELL - MUSIC TO MOVE FAMILIES BY (1960)

Another corporate recording today--an album of light pop, Latin jazz and exotica recorded as a promotional giveaway and soundtrack for people moving homes with Allied in the early 60s. Apparently Boyell had made a name for himself doing advertising music, and had made a similar type of promo recording for a paper company. An amazing concept, a lovely recording, and another fine example of the synergy between sound, capital and dreamworlds.

Dreaming it...