Thursday, 20 July 2017

P4UL WEST0N - MUS1C F0R DRE4MING (1950)

My parents had a 1960s pressing of this album, and a number of other romance and mood music records. I listened to them with some dedication around the age of seven or eight, and again as a kitschy pleasure about another decade later. This shorter, earlier edition of the album (recordings from 1945, a clear example of proto-easy-listening) still evokes a number of sick cheesecake pleasures. The dream of post-war pleasantness is explicit here, with hindsight, as is its placeless, formless utopian fictions of nostalgia, which nonetheless emote as entirely real. Another album about dreams; I doubt many could attain dreamstate listening to this unbearably soft, overly lovely kind of infernal racket.

Try it...
CHR1S P0TTER - THE DRE4MER IS THE DRE4M (2017)

The dream theme continues to give us focal points of analysis and comparison. Speaking of easy listening, listenability, and the ingrained dream-worlds of music, we offer this piece of contemporary light-jazz cheesecake. The dreamer is indeed the dream. For this dreamer, the entirely forgettable music presented offers little in the way of psychic teleportation, dreamstate transportation, mood or nostaligia. What is this dream? Why are we posting it? The title--and album itself--are key reminders of our project at OWOD: however materially dreams structure our built environments, ideological systems or waking rituals, they remain ineffable--beyond grasp, individual, a primordial sludge at the foundation of self. Listen easy.

Friday, 14 July 2017

DRE4MERS CL0TH - A BAMB00 DRE4M (2008)

Summer. The dreamer's cloth is perhaps the well-worn orange cotton t-shirt resting over your eyes as you lay on the grass, facing the sun. You're frying.

Our albums today capture this tone, a range of ingrained seasonal cliches: summer-picks, old favorites...sunbaked sonics, exotica, romance, heartbreak, nostalgia, laziness, guilty pleasure, music that feels like sweat-salt on the face or the breeze that heals. For Summer 2017, the glare is intensified by a certain heat of cultural hellishness...once the forest fires and riots start, escapism becomes critical. And vital.

We start here, with a solar-infused EP-sized slice of tropical drone from one J. Fredriksen of Copenhagen.
THE BE4CH B0YS - ENDLESS SUMMER (1974)

Enough said...
PE4K1NG L1GHTS - THE F1FTH ST4TE OF C0NSCI0USNESS (2017)

Disco-tinged dub pop... a dreamy, cheery summer fave.



M. DAV1S / M. M1LLER - MUS1C FR0M S1ESTA (1987)

A suitably sensually "glaring" soundtrack for drifting off in the late afternoon.

Dry heat...
TUCKER M4RT1NE - BR0KEN-HEARTED DR4G0NFL1ES (2004)

Subtitle: Insect Electronica from Southeast Asia

Comes with the note:
"Dragonflies, cicadas, and all other insects recorded in Thailand, Burma and Laos.... These recordings were not processed, the insects actually sound like this!"

(For more insect music, we have Cicada Dream Band by P. Oliveros and D. Rothenberg here)
J0NI M1TCHELL - THE H1SSING OF SUMMER L4WNS (1974)

This languid classic finds Mitchell at her peak. With this album, her innovative yet sometimes awkward extensions from rock-folk into jazz progressions and sonic abstractions are given shape with careful arrangement, restrained orchestral touches and an unflinching dedication to mood.

Dream it...
CYBE - TR0P1SCH VERL4NGEN (2017)

This Dutch fellow's compilation of analogue recordings and cassette releases from the 80s utilizes keyboards, bells, wooden percussion and field recordings. He had traveled through Asia--India, Thailand, Bali and Java--and then came up with these breezy works of exotica. A "tropical request": A dream of the east as much as a dream from the east. A delightful, orientalist summertime release.

Pure Tropisch...Soak in it.
CERR0NE - VAUD0U AUX CAR4ÏBES (1980)

A bit more erotico-disco--and another soundtrack--to keep you in the mood, for summer and all of its pleasures, real and imagined.

Dream it...
LCD S0UNDSYSTEM - AMER1CAN DRE4M / CALL THE P0L1CE (2017)

An EP:

"You took acid and looked in the mirror.... Oh the revolution was here/ That would set you free/ From the Bourgeoisie..."



Tuesday, 20 June 2017

DE4TH CUBE K - DRE4MAT0R1UM (1994)

Processed-guitar soundscapes, illbient noodling and grinding mechanics from the best chicken-bucket-wearing musician on the globe. Production and accompaniment by the faithful Mr. Laswell.

Check yourself in for some Dream Convalescence ...

Monday, 19 June 2017

IR1S G4RRELFS - BEDR00M SYMPH0N1ES (2014)

There's been a nasty stomach bug circulating. Many of us have spent the past days in bed with nausea, fevers, chills and bodily upheaval. We played music. Some was to relax, promote restfulness and healing. Other times we interrogated or ingested the subject of illness itself, seeking a homeopathic sonic cure. The albums that follow are a mere selection of some of our literally "sickest" albums we played.

Garrelf's strange little classical/experimental outing is as good a place to start as any: chilly/sweaty lo-Fi studies for processed voice, raw sound-art ideas, the wonderful feelings of freedom and isolation that come with private bedroom sequestration. Fever-dreaming starts here.
MENSTRU4L CH1NESE DRE4M - S/T (2005)

Music both for and of cramps, bed-spins, nausea and digestive mayhem. A one-off side project of the ever-prolific Mr. J. Ferraro, this drone and loop dreamstuff has the strength to both sooth and unsettle. Dreams of menstrual blood, some people believe, bring good fortune and jubilance to one's life. Menstrual dreams themselves, however, can feel like slow death. Either way, this album provides a churning, grinding, meditative and even ritualistic kind of of salve.




NE1L Y0UNG - DE4D MAN OST (1996)

Pulsing hallucinogenic solo guitar: fuzz, reverb and feedback for those in-between states.

Dream it...
J4MES PL0TK1N - THE J0Y OF D1SEASE (1996)

Sickness, disease and altered states are referenced in this industrial, ravy, and new-beatish offering from a former grindcore legend. With collaborations by R. Collins, M. Harris, and F. Triechler.

Dream this if you want...
DEMETR10 STRAT0S - METR0D0RA (1976)

Stratos pulls the human range of vocal techniques through a blackhole in this two-suite series of sound poetry studies and compositions. This, our ninth of twelve DIVerso posts, finds its perfect context for aural consumption in the series of illness-inspired posts we give you today, as the listener who downloads this gem will discover. There is some discomfort, a bit of pain, moments of respite, and ultimately a purge and cleansing of the Four Humors.

Restorative Dreaming...
S0UNDS OF MED1CINE - OPERATION-BODY SOUNDS (1955)

Field recordings from the operating room, sonic documents of medical malfunctions, and the a propos track "Sounds of the Bowels" which has been speaking to some of us in very intimate, personal ways.

Gurgle, dream, regurgitate ...
ALBERT CAMUS / J4MES JENNER - THE PLAGUE (1947/2015)

While Parts One and Three of Camus' classic allegorical novel provide the most appropriate visceral descriptions of the state of disease and corporeal entropy (physical and social), we have provided Jenner's whole translation and 10 hour reading. For some, a narrated story is the best accompaniment for drifting off, dreaming, and distracting you while you hold your abdomen, and its swirling innards, in your sweaty hands.

An epidural for an epidemic...Part 1, Part 2.
STELV1O C1PRI4NI - INCUB0 SULLA C1TTÀ C0NTAM1NATA (1980)

A quick divertimento into Nightmares of the Contaminated City. A soundtrack that foregrounds both the spookiness of epidemic, and the horrible conditions of the cure. Some of this sounds most sickeningly like hospital waiting room music.


C0SM1C EYE - DRE4M SEQUENCE (1972)

Because you need your REM sleep when sick: the late Indian-born Amancio D'Silva provided some of us sicklings with a psych-rock remedy steeped in sonic dreamscapes.

Sequencing them...
MAM0RU FUJ1EDA - RAD1ATED F4LLING (2009)

Some radiation treatment arrives in the form of two Fujieda compositions from 1980 and 1981--beautiful if perpetually degrading compositions that find wholeness and wellness through subtraction and purification.

Drm t...
MICH4EL NYM4N - DECAY MUS1C (1976)

Finding peace with our ailments.
SEAW0RTHY - SLEEP P4THS (2012)

Sleep loops of guitars, music boxes, ukeleles and electronics...a sonic lullaby to settle almost any stomach ailment. More dreamtime gorgeousness from the Sleepwell record label from Belgium. Get well soon!

Sleep paths from sickness...

Sunday, 11 June 2017

JEAN-J4CQUES PERREY - PRÉLUDE AU S0MME1L (1958)

Often described as a key moment in the creation of electronic and ambient sonic exploration, for us Perrey's groundbreaking work comes as our earliest-known sleep-aid recording. Pressed by a French "sleep institute," this album was created for hospitals and mental institutions. Featuring the Ondioline, some kind of vacuum based instrument, this album was researched and composed to induce alpha-wave drowsiness. Its lilting melodies and drone worked like a charm for this writer, who can attest to its abilities. A great addition to our sleep-aid collection: more here, here and here.

Dream it...

Thursday, 8 June 2017

THE GH0STWR1TERS - REM0TE DRE4M1NG (1986)

This marvelous new-age / minimal outing by C. Cohen and J. Cain (not to mention the perfection of the duo's band name and album title) provides the introduction and framework for today's grouping of posts: music for fantastic /sci-fi literature.

Here OWOD looks at the cross-genre traces of "remote dreaming" that span across and through not just genre, but media themselves. The law of genre is one of contamination, impurity, as Mr. Derrida once envisioned it. The ideological frameworks that smudge- and are smudged by- our dreams, it would seem, follow suit. As do their representations.

Again, dream dreaming...

BR4VE NEW W0RLD - IMPRESS10NS ON READ1NG ALD0US HUXLEY (1972)

This is a one-off studio project by a handful of German musicians and, one would imagine, major Huxley fans. This album is a kind of rock opera, steeped in prog, early music, jazz fusion and easy listening, and infused with perfect subtle moments of experimental vocals. Not the sound that would likely come to mind when reading the book, this album is all the better for it.

Soma...

PAUL W4DY - THE TERM1NAL BE4CH (2012)

A dystopia-drenched, cold-war-sounding paean to JG Ballard's landmark story collection from the mid 60s. Thirteen tracks that cast an uncannily recollective association with, especially, the longer British edition. A soundtrack déjà entendu. Psycho-sonics.

"The Delta at Sunset"
J0NNY TRUNK - 20,000 LE4GUES UNDER THE SEA (2016)

A final entry for the day: a wide-ranging sample of tracks off this newish release. Jazz-driven synthworks, sound effects and orchestral miniatures: a perfect contemporary-sounding B-filmesque "soundtrack" to one of the key progenitors of literary science fiction. A charming album that faithfully and lovingly evokes the novel, while giving it a totally unique sonic sheen.

Weightless dreaming under deep pressure...

Sunday, 4 June 2017

S0NNYM00N - S/T (2012)

Dreampop covered by this tempo-changing, layer-shifting, foreground/background reversing electro-pop confection. The two-piece band remains an obsession. From "Wild Rumpus" through to "Just Before Dawn" the songs come in snippets, at times dreamy, and at many others much more dream-like than dreamy, in structure and tone... the music sucks you in ... and then shifts, halts, interrupts and digresses, willfully taking you on its journey.

"Flit, Fleet, Float"


Monday, 29 May 2017

JUDE C0W4N M0NTAGUE / STEVE L4YT0N - CA1RO C0MPRESS1ON (2015)

Four short text-based soundworks composed in response to photographs, broadcast on Resonance FM, and released on Linear Obsessions. Layton provides restrained, airy and meditative sonic touches to these poetic snapshots. Cowan's voice is prim and inquisitive, her words forming clear pictures and evocative mini-narratives with what is otherwise hazy washes of text and unclear contexts. In under 12 minutes, this recording put us in a mood.... We put it on repeat.

Dreammapping (Dreamsnapping)....

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, 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 innovations 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 DERBYSH1RE - 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 popular song...Satie, Beethoven, Klucevsek, J. Wolfe, Lennon/McCartney... A child-like naivety infuses the recording, 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 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...

(More Arto here)

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 folk-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 leads 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 performance art. The album documents this orgy of propaganda, its fervor of raving nonsense.

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 an offer of 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.