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 can only occur when the head is stuffed with the vibrations 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, another Quebec fret-board virtuoso, was probably the hardest test of our experiment. A rambunctiously stunning album that captures the attention as much as losing it. A sonic journey well worth the slight fall in office productivity, a cortex refresher.

A wide-ranging dream...
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...
D4VID LYNCH - THE B1G DRE4M (2013)

Lynch's second studio album makes a nice extension--and counterpoint--to the mood provided by yesterday's Sleep Party post. The track with Lykke Li is a standout, but there are plenty of skewed blues structures, half-spoken vocals, reverb-washed guitar and moody echo to pull one into this album in a sonic sense. The lyrics, of course, are something else again. Here both the beauties and the frustrations of "dream logic" become evident, as do the pleasure and pitfalls of a blog dedicated to this oxymoron.

The Big One...

Saturday, 22 April 2017

SL33P P4RTY PE0PLE - WE WERE DR1FTING 0N A SAD S0NG (2012)

A simple, lovely slice of Danish surrealist low-fi dreampop to help us mood, brood and daydream our way through the day... We are indeed Sleep Party folks here at OWOD.

Start the party ...

Thursday, 20 April 2017

D1CKIE L4NDRY - FIFTEEN SAX0PHONES (1977)

This long-time member of the Philip Glass Ensemble cut a few records of his own in the 1970s--including this pulsing gem of ethereal sound. The album is comprised of three works that would likely be called minimalist, despite their sweeping monumentality. All parts, sax and flute, are played by Landry with the assistance of an intricate series of Revox tape delays. The last track--my favorite--is a more jazz-inflected live recording from The Kitchen in 1974. A fantastic, delta-wave-inducing, lesser-known masterpiece.

Dream it...
ANN3A L0CKWOOD - A S0UND M4P OF THE HUDS0N R1VER (1989)

Here is the legendary composer and experimentalist recording, mixing and collaborating with the Hudson River, from the headwaters in the Adirondacks to the Atlantic. 15 different site specific recordings trace both the natural environments of the river and the human contexts it flows through, connects with, and feeds. This is a recording that is embedded in the liquid mental zones formed by the pitches of flowing water and our dream projections of nature itself.

HA1LU MERG1A & H1S CL4SS1CAL INSTRUMENT: SHEM0NMU4NAYE (1985)

It was time for more African electronic--Eygptian "tezeta" folk/pop ballads augmented with Yamaha keys, Fender Rhodes, and drum machine in this case. The album may be familiar to all you all global groovers out there, but remains a significant minor subtheme to our dreamtime posts nonetheless, a rich aural fusion of contexts. Check out our El-Omari and Bebey posts for more of this exploration.

Dream Hailu here...

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

G0RDON JENK1NS - SEVEN DRE4MS (1953)

Jenkins cut his musical chops as a pianist in a prohibition era St. Louis speakeasy. His stature as an arranger and songwriter dates from the 1930s. He worked for Paramount, NBC, and radio before becoming staff arranger and eventual musical director of Decca records. He penned a few million-selling songs and lead arrangements for Johnny Cash, Sinatra, The Weavers, Billie Holiday, and Harry Nilsson, among others.

This sublime dreamwork is a concept album--a vinyl musical perhaps, or a radio-play-on-record--that combines detailed orchestration with jingles, ditties, and story-within-story narration: a sonic travelogue through the narrator's seven dreams.

This slice of unsettling weirdness/genius is notable for making the Billboard Top Ten, and for containing the obvious source melody and lyrics for Cash's hit "Folsom Prison Blues" (see "Dream #2 - The Conductor"). Jenkins sued; Cash settled out of court. For us at OWOD, this album represents one of the best conceived, honestly rendered and phenomenologically accurate documents of dream logic. It's also a striking, cross-perceptual (pan-sensual?) representation of the most ineffable of subjects--dreams themselves, and the near impossibility of their verisimilitude.

Dream it...

Monday, 3 April 2017

OWOD MIX #01 - DREAMS THAT UTTER YOUR NAME (2017)

On loop at OWOD: random research. Songs in alphabetical order.
Mood & brood...dream here

1) Carlton - Do You Dream 2) David Shea - The Dream 3) Ryuichi Sakamoto/Arto Lindsay - The Dreaming 4) Alan Lorber Orch - Hang On To A Dream 5) Maxime de la Rochefoucauld - Le Sommeil Somnambule 6) Mia Farrow - Lullabye from Rosemary's Baby 7) Michel Houellebecq - On Se Reveillait Tôt 8) Sex Mob - Quiet 9) Patrick Gleeson - Take the 5:10 to Dreamland 10) Tomita - Reverie 11) Aksak Maboul - Scratch Holiday 12) Burroughs/Somerville - Silver Smoke of Dreams 13) Ramuntcho Matta - Sunset 14) Eurythmics - This City Never Sleeps 15) Fred Frith - Underwater Dream 16) Gary Wilson - When You Walk Into My Dreams

Thursday, 30 March 2017

ARZA AN41AK - TXAL4PARTA '75 IR41LA (1975)

The dreamlife of the collector: the addictive, unquenchable desire for the complete, a total archive, a museum of the rare. Our quest for DIVerso albums supplies the requisite fix--the sixth in the series. Follow links here to scroll back through the entries.

This is the album that kicked it all off. A Basque duo conducting serialist, ethno-folk inspired percussion experiments that are at once simple, wonky, maddening, meditative and beautiful. Stark, yet warm. This is eminently dreamy trance music made from regular and irregular tapping systems, and almost non-existent melodic/tonal variation.

Dream while collection dreaming here...


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

WELC0ME TO DRE4MLAND: AN0THER JAP4N (1985)

Another Dreamland. A fantastic Celluloid compilation featuring the best and brightest of Japan's 1980s experimental/new-wave/no-wave scene. "Another Japan," perhaps, although for many of us on the other side of globe, this was more appropriately another sonic world. While a few of the album's participants have gone on to greatness or infamy--Keiji Haino, Haco, Tenko, guest Frith--many are unfamiliar to us at OWOD. This compilation is a slice of time past, a fair companion to this previous 1985 compilation post.

A slice of time past, but also a dreamland of time passed.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

P0LMO P0LPO - THE SC1ENCE OF BREATH (2002)

Ripped from a disc purchased in Montreal in the early years of the Millenium. An album about yogic breathing. Evocative of a time and place, sounds still able to flare both memories and dreams of certain people and events, including those best forgotten. Dry ambient, flecks of glitch, throbbing techno...but then hints of field recording and acoustic instrumentation emerge, cold tones turning warm. A heart pushing oxygenated blood.

Inhale, hold, exhale...dream.
TUXEDOM00N / CULT W1TH N0 NAME - BLUE VELVET REV1SITED (2015)


The soundtrack to a documentary about the making of Lynch's infamous work. The film is not a linear documentary, more of an impressionistic metafilm. This sound collaboration is a suitable, dreamy, counterpoint. More neo-classical, ambient and even jazz-centred than Badalamenti's own haunting score, this work is nonetheless spacious and atmospheric. It pulls the Lynchian universe into a new gravity and orbit.

Dreaming...
W4YNE H0RV1TZ/THE F0UR PLUS 0NE ENSEMBLE - FR0M A W1NDOW (2001)

Another subversive work from this keyboard/piano legend, the second here at OWOD. The pastoral, meditative tinge to these tracks belies a brooding intensity and complexity. Sonic landscapes that, at times, move from landscape portraiture to a sort of psychological expressionism. With E. Kang, R. Watts, Skerik, and trombonist J. Priester.

Saturday, 18 March 2017

M1D0RI TAK4DA / MAS4H1T0 SAT0H - LUN4R CRU1SE (1991)

A stunning lesser-known release by Takada--the creator of Through the Looking Glass (1983) and co-creator of the two fantastic, Mkwaju Ensemble albums--and Satoh, a prolific pianist. Haruomi Hosono guests on all tracks. "Cruise" is an apt title: the songs cut a path of estrangement into seemingly familiar gestures--synthpop, quasi-ritualistic percussion, ambient architectures, improv and jazz angles--leads you at moments into the uncanny.

Dream...


Friday, 17 March 2017

DRE4M1ES - AUR4LGRAPH1C ENTERTA1NMENT (1973)

It is a great friend that helps one with his research. This is the only record by the enigmatic Mr. B. Holt, who, it is told, penned, composed and learned to play all the instruments (guitar and moog, mainly) and parts on this rock-pop collage opera from scratch in 18 months. Written as two responses to "Revolution #9", this recording is structured in two parts, "Program Ten" and "Program Eleven." This album singularly covers much ground of this blog: soundscape, dream pop, avant psych-folk, cut-ups and synth futurism. A perfect way to kick off today's rotation.

Induce the Dreamies...
PAUL1NE OL1VER0S, D4VID R0THENBERG, T1M0THY H1LL ‎– C1C4DA DRE4M BAND (2014)


Absolutely beautiful...

"2013 marked the arrival of millions of periodical cicadas to the New York Metropolitan area. These musical insects appear only once every seventeen years. On the occasion of this auspicious event, Rothenberg performed a series of concerts together with composer and deep listener Oliveros, overtone singer Hill, and live singing insects brought in from the trees. The ensemble of digital accordion, clarinets with electronically enhanced nature sounds, and harmonic singing is certainly a trio unlike anything heard before."

PENTA SALES C0RP - PLAY IT SAFE! VOL. 4 (1972)

Today's narrative interlude is a spoken-word pièce de résistance that doubles as one of our "dreamwork of capital" entries. This album--a hilarious dramatic dialogue of mundane conversations, banter, arguments and bickering between a married couple from, perhaps, Queens--is actually a recording designed to be played loud on repeat when you've left the house as a deterrent to potential burglars. A conversation to give the impression that someone is home. Here, the dream of safety, the home, becomes a sales item that is set into a well developed, banal theatre of the absurd. The script would make an incredible stage play!

Dream...
DRUM ISL4ND - DRUM ISL4ND (1997)

Drum Island was a Norwegian electronic trio from Tromsø. This is their only release. The band Röyksopp is a spin-off. The café music you could have heard in the late 90s, but never did. Addictive.

Dreaming downtempo...

LAPPISH J0IK SONGS FR0M N0RTHERN NORW4Y (1956)

When you need to dream more about Northern Norway, Ethnic Folkways comes to the rescue.

K4NYE W3ST - MY BE4UT1FUL DARK TW1STED F4NTASY (2010)

As previously threatened, we end the listening day with a case study of the questions concerning dream vs. fantasy, embodiment vs. escapism.

Pleasant dreams...

Thursday, 16 March 2017

PH1L1P C0RNER - S4T1E SL0WLY (2014)

Three works in a compositional vein today. For this blog, this offering displays the perfected renditions of Satie's major works (with a few minor ones thrown in as well.) Space, and more space. Corner's interpretations for the Unseen Worlds label steer the composer away from any notion of "furniture music" and instead zooms out, macrocosmically, until the full sonic architecture comes into view: room, building, site. The pieces move between saunter and crawl, notes left hanging in an imperceptible breeze. Just the right speed to, at times, forget the music is there at all. Minutes pass. You realize you've been listening to the inside of your own head.

Dreaming Part 1 here and Part 2 here...


EL0D1E L4UTEN - P1AN0 W0RKS REV1SITED (2010)

Our second Unseen Worlds offering today is a compilation building on the artist's 1983 Piano Works album. Swirling minimalism with quite literal sonic undercurrents of aquatic viscosity. Of particular interest is the longish middle work, "Concerto for Piano and Orchestral Memory" (1984) featuring the polymath cellist Arthur Russell.

Necessary dreaming...
CHR1ST0PHER BUTTERF1ELD / KURT SCHW1TTERS - MUSIC FOR KLEIN AND BEUYS / URSONATE / PILLAR OF SNAILS (1993)

An extremely rare edition and interpretation of Schwitters' Ursonate (1922-32), his epic vocal/sound composition. The CD was a gift from this Canadian composer himself in 1993 and includes two beautiful works of his own. A Swiss label owned the Schwitters copyright/license, and this album--marked "not for sale"--was nonetheless legally threatened and deleted into obscurity. Butterfield's take on Schwitters is cool, understated and precise, a work of particularity and aural estrangement. Out of Ursonate renditions heard and seen by Jaap Blonk, Eberhard Blum, Christian Bök and others, this remains our dreamiest favorite.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

R1CH4RD W4HNFR1ED (AKA KL4US SCHULZE) - T1ME ACT0R (1979)

Our fourth posting from the Innovative Communication label, another Berlin-School of techno-romance and hazy, lazy nostalgia. A spacy, Wagner-influenced side to Herr Schulze's sprawling catalogue.

Dream acting...
P4UL B0WLES - THE P00L K III (2013)

To date, our Paul Bowles post remains the the highest visited page at OWOD. In honor of all you fans, we are pleased to present POOLK3--perhaps the strangest recording in the writer/composer's oeuvre. Although this rare ambient/musique concrète recording was originally mis-attributed to Brion Gysin (and even released under his name), the work has been established as a late 1950s experiment best quoted: "a realm of sound that creates a dreamlike journey without a clear point of origin or destination—a sojourn to be experienced in its entirety, without stopping."

Dream...
SENY4WA - MENJ4D1 (2015)

A grinding and challenging dreamwork of noise, drone and traditional country by this Indonesian avant-folk duo. Extended vocal techniques, samples, and the bambuwukir--a dual string/percussion instrument designed by member W. Suryadi--formulate this ritual. Dense, a head filled with fog. Submerged melodies, and memories, from a time and place that has never previously existed, before now.

Dream ...
L0REN MAZZ4CANE-C0NN0RS - THE DEP4RT1NG 0F A DRE4M VOL. 5 (2016)


LMC has been working on his "dream" series for decades now--a tribute to Miles Davis' masterpiece "He Loved Him Madly" from the On The Corner sessions, and released on Get Up With It (1974). Another fantastic, moody series of blues mutations from one of our favorite guitarists and inspirations. A work about dreaming that also enacts the theme itself.

Dream it...

Monday, 16 January 2017

J0SÉ M4URO - OBN0X1US (1970)

A much-discussed lost masterpiece, fueled in part by the little known musician himself, and his disappearance soon after its release. Side-stepping many of the Bossa-Samba-MPB tropes of his day, Mauro produced this subversive work of baroque psych-pop in Brazil during the time when most of his better known colleagues were fleeing the country. Google Translate, sadly, only helps us non-speakers in vague ways. But the album is gorgeous, whip-smart and virtually singular in its tone and quick-change arrangements. At times this recalls a late 60s Scott Walker and at others like a folk response to serialist minimalism. Among other things. 

Dream...

R1CCARD0 SIN1GAGLIA - R1FLESSI (1986)

A follow-up to our Futuro Antico post some weeks back, we offer one of the band-leader's solo outings. The pastoral sound still gives sway through gentle folk motifs, water sounds and the occasional carnival riff. But the tone gets starker here, a minimalist effort that goes into something approaching free-jazz sound field. Orchestra, synths and field recordings. Meditative and lovely; strange and brooding.

Dream it here...

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

DEREK B41LEY - IMPROVISATION (1975)

OWOD's fifth DIVerso posting finds Mr. Bailey at, perhaps, his pluckiest, scrambliest best. For some of us, only the most disjointed of pacing, atonal of sounds and structureless of ramblings can provide respite from the tedium of everyday noise, or the incessant churning of the brain. This album--a masterclass on dexterous fingerwork--is dreamsound for those of us.




BAUD0U1N DE J4ER - GAYAGEUM S4NJO (2012)

Korean Court Music played on Gayageum. For when your addiction to solo string instruments needs more spaciousness, gentleness, and room to breath.

Inhale and dream...

Monday, 9 January 2017

PSYCH1C TV - DRE4MS LE55 SWEET (1983)

Let us start the New Year with an image of an orchid with a pierced anther cap, shall we? And a series of four posts subtitled Sounds for a Dream Lover. The dream lover is sweet and dirty woman--a true vision--living in a mill town on the craggy windswept coast of the north Pacific. One must take a sea voyage to visit. She collects everyday objects from times past. She eats seeds and sneaks cigarettes. Her eyes glow blue. She fornicates with mixture of urgency and bashfulness. She is nearly a stranger, so all descriptions could be projections of oneself.

Dreams, sweet and vulgar...
CL4RA R0CKM0RE - THEREM1N (1977)

The dream lover is reading a historical novel about the love affair between Lev Termen and the Lithuanian violin prodigy Clara Rockmore. The history of electronic music; the history of the plaintive, bending sounds of the theremin.

Dream ...
ST3VE  BUSCEM1 + ELL10TT SH4RP - RUB OUT THE W0RD (2016)


The dream lover has a crush on Buscemi, and she owns a Burroughs edition that is mystifyingly rare. (Later, one goes looking for old Brautigan books in the local second hand shops with the dream lover. Two are found, and left as some kind of aides-memoires. One must return in 30 years to reclaim the purchases.)

Rubbing...
FR4NK1E GOES TO H0LLYWOOD - WELC0ME TO THE PLE4SURED0ME (1984)

A view from a boat window. The smoke from the pulp mill receding into the distance. One could very likely and very easily fall in love with the dream lover, her crazy mane of curly blonde hair, tied up while cooking eggs. Best to keep those thoughts to oneself. The eyes get heavy. An 80s erotic synthpop melody pops into one's head. One steadies the heart, and feels instead the stirring of lust. The dreams turn filthy. The rhythms pulse, throb and lilt.

The dream resembles some of this....

Saturday, 31 December 2016

ANN CH4SE - A CHANT F0R Y0UR PL4NTS (1976)

To ring in the New Year, here are four albums celebrating growth and renewal: music for and-- in the last case--from plantlife. This one comes from the enigmatic Ann Chase, who wrote the chant in question, as well as produced the project. This is an adaptation of Satie's Trois Gymnopedies, set to flute, guitar, and narration.

An attempt at a dreamtrack for house plants.
M0RT G4RS0N - M0THER E4RTH'S PLANT4S1A (1976)

The original release of this new age masterwork in the music-for-plants genre included a booklet on plant care and nourishment. I'd love to see the research on the successes or failures of music as it relates to plant growth, but this album has me believing. Much like D. Teie's groundbreaking music for cats (although I would think with far less research, and certainly far less evidence--check out the vids), this album takes up the question of human music for non-humans, a dream of sorts in itself.

Tendrils and rhizomes....
J0ËL FAJERM4N - LA AVENTURA DE LAS PL4NTAS (1982)

A garage sale find from the mid 90s--a Spanish CD reissue of the original French titled release. This is a leftfield electro soundtrack for a TV series on fauna, a solo production by this composer and keyboard/synth player. Filled with what sound like sonic nods to his fellow countryman, Jarre, the Younger. Only more--you may have guessed it--organic somehow.

Not sure what plants would think about this, but it may help you dream about them.




S0UNDS OF THE TR0P1CAL R4INF0REST (1989)

Best to end the post with the ecosystem speaking for itself, another nature recording on repeat at OWOD. "Gentle Persuasion" according to the cover. Indeed. No info on field recording artist.
From CD.

Dream...

Saturday, 24 December 2016

J0HN Z0RN - A DRE4MERS CHR1STM4S (2011)

All I want for Christmas is an album of atheist Christmas songs--a new paradoxical genre. For now, of course, there's this... Kinda wish Zorn had put this album in his Radical Jewish Culture series for similar reasons.

Dream the holidays away....

Thursday, 22 December 2016

D10N MCGREG0R - DRE4MS AG41N (1999)

Confounding recordings of McGregor narrating his dreams out loud in his sleep. Frightening and fascinating. Overheard sleep-talking by his roommate in the early 60s, McGregor allowed his friend to tape many of his sleeps over a few years. The earliest--and tamest--were released by Decca in 1964. These recordings here include bawdy ramblings and outright nightmares...ones that wake him up screaming. An essential research document of the dreaming process in action. Also, a vital lesson in story-telling. Here an entire narrative develops through a kind of dramatic dialogue where only one side of a two-sided conversation is actually delivered. Simply amazing.

Dream again...
0P4L - H4PPY N1GHTM4RE, B4BY (1987)

The only release by this pre-Mazzy Star project. Sleepy, lulling psych rock with occasional flourishes of glam-rock swagger. The subjects of dreams and nightmares here are mainly lyric based, although the swirling slow-groove acidity of some of the tracks are not without their potential to induce rapid eye movement sleep and fall in step with some of our circadian rhythms.

Lest it be said that we at OWOD de-emphasize the rightful place of rock in meditation, rest, somnolence or deep dreaming itself.

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

W4NG CHUN6 - T0 L1VE AND D1E 1N LA (1985)

First of three 1985 releases: a personal project today. An aural testament of the dreams of youth and influence.

Close your eyes...