Jon Hassell

the vertical collection (sketches)

The Vertical Collection

Bluescreen Project

Earshot Records

1997 • 28:42


1  PowerMalay

2  Goddess of...

3  Gift of Passage

4  Gris-Gris/Benzélé

5  Zombie Moiré

6  Dreambass

7  Mystery Gate Ring

8  Lost

9  TychoCity

10  Lontano

11  Reverse Steps

12  Darbari Distortion

13  CitySpot


Published in a special edition of one thousand on the occasion of the performance of BLUESCREEN 2 at the MANCA Festival in Nice, France in November 1997.


Produced by Jon Hassell and Peter Freeman


album notes

Imagine all the music of a single composer "exploded" into constituent parts which are then reassembled into new works. Some of these parts could be more or less intact and recognizable, some could be stretched, reversed, pitch-changed and filtered into a vastly unfamiliar "topography"—like a look at the secret world of insects or coral through a microscope.

Since musical elements whose first appearance was in different recordings and different compositions, made years apart, are now heard simultaneously in the same texture, this is a "vertical" collection of works—in contrast to the conventional "horizontal" collection of selected tracks from previous recordings.

These pieces—originally intended as sketches for larger forms—were imaginatively assembled by Peter Freeman under the guidance of Jon Hassell, whose "Fourth World" music is the exclusive source of all the sounds.

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