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Artist: HASSELL, JON
Title: Dream Theory in Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two
Format: CD
Label: EG
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
Seminal 1981 recordings; Mati Klarwein cover. Personnel includes: Jon Hassell (trumpet, pottery drums); Michael Brook (bass); Walter DeMaria (drums); Brian Eno (drums, bowl gongs, bells); Miguel Frasconi (bowl gongs); Daniel Lanois (mix). "Volume One of Jon Hassell and Brian Enos Fourth World report remains a classic recording of electronic, mutant gamelan and exotic indigenous musics that truly bridges many worlds. Dream Theory In Malaya picks up right where its predecessor left off, eking out even more convoluted paths into the dense shrubs and foliage of the cyberjungle. Dream Theory In Malaya, featuring collaborators Eno and Daniel Lanois, is one of Hassells finest moments. Hassells remarkable trumpet tone, all tone smears and monsoon breaths, is at its peak on Dream Theory, wherein insect-like tribesmen make ritual whoopee amid cavalcades of thick, throbbing log drums. At once alien and awe-inspiring, this music is so highly individual that it has yet to be eclipsed -- even by Hassell himself. Datu Bintung at Jelong further probes the gamelan/juju interface, splicing in the respiratory sounds of metallic harps, vibrating electronic chorales and strange, mechanistic breathing." - EG.

Artist: HASSELL, JON
Title: Dream Theory in Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two
Format: LP & CD
Label: Tak:Til/Glitterbeat
Country: Germany
Price: $25.00
"First reissue of Jon Hassells "Fourth World" masterpiece, originally released in 1981. Featuring contributions from Brian Eno, Daniel Lanois (U2, Peter Gabriel), and Michael Brook (Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan). Beautifully remastered, with a bonus track ("Ordinary Mind") and liner notes written by Hassell himself. "Fourth World is a viewpoint out of which evolves guidelines for finding balances between accumulated knowledge and the conditions created by new technologies" --Jon Hassell. From his time studying with Stockhausen in Cologne and a passage through the New York minimalist sphere with Terry Riley, La Monte Young, and Philip Glass to his mentorship with the Indian vocal master Pandit Pran Nath and collaborative excursions with Eno, the Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, David Sylvian, Björk, and Ry Cooder, Jon Hassell has pursued a continuous questioning of the dichotomies between North and South, sacred and sensual, primitive and futurist. These cross-pollinating influences and pan-cultural musical educations led Hassell to the gradual development of musical concepts and gestures that he grouped under the "Fourth World" umbrella theory. "I wanted the mental and geographical landscapes to be more indeterminate -- not Indonesia, not Africa, not this or that. . . . What would music be like if classic had not been defined as what happened in Central Europe two hundred years ago. What if the world knew Javanese music and Pygmy music and Aborigine music? What would classical music sound like then?" In the late 1970s in New York, Hassell began to produce a series of astonishing albums on which his trumpet explored both non-Western modalities and dramatic sound processing (deftly rendered by nascent digital effects like the AMS Harmonizer). Brian Eno, who was living New York at the time, was thrilled by Hassells 1978 debut album, Vernal Equinox, and sought out its creator. Together they produced the classic 1980 album Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics (GB 019CD/LP), before Eno charged headlong into "Fourth World"-ish collaborations with a new partner, David Byrne, on Remain in Light (1980) and My Life in The Bush of Ghosts (1981). Hassell began to feel that they were at least borrowing concepts and sounds to which he had introduced them, and at worst, that a full-scale appropriation was taking place. As Hassell undertook the process of recording and finalizing Dream Theory in Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two -- the follow-up to Possible Musics -- Brian Eno was again present, as both mixer and musician, but this time the back cover credits leave no room for interpretation or confusion: "All compositions by Jon Hassell. Produced by Jon Hassell."" - Tak:Til/Glitterbeat.

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