​solo works

​fourth world volume ​two:
dream theory in malaya

​Cover painting:

'Alexander's Dream'
by Mati Klarwein

Cover painting: 'Alexander's Dream' by Mati Klarwein

atmospherics

19​81

​Editions EG EEGCD-13

1981 • 36:25

Editions EG EEGCD-13

1981 • 36:25


1  Chor Moiré 2:21

2  Courage 3:38

3  Dream Theory 5:15

4  Datu Bintung at Jelong 7:05

5  Malay 10:12

6 These Times... 2:53

7  Gift of Fire 5:01​

1  Chor Moiré 2:21

2  Courage 3:38

3  Dream Theory 5:15

4  Datu Bintung at Jelong 7:05

5  Malay 10:12

6  These Times... 2:53

7  Gift of Fire 5:01

​Jon Hassell—trumpet, pottery drums, Prophet 5, bowl gongs

Brian Eno—drums, bowl gongs & bells

Michael Brook—bass

Miguel Frasconi—bowl gongs

Walter DeMaria—distant drum

Daniel Lanois—mix

Jon Hassell—trumpet, pottery drums, Prophet 5, bowl gongs

Brian Eno—drums, bowl gongs & bells

Michael Brook—bass

Miguel Frasconi—bowl gongs

Walter DeMaria—distant drum

Daniel Lanois—mix

All titles by Jon Hassell
Produced by Jon Hassell

Lovely Music 1021

1977 • 51:19

 

1  Toucan Ocean 3:50

2  Viva Shona 7:03

3  Hex 6:23

4  Blues Nile 9:54

5  Vernal Equinox 21:58

6  Caracas Night, September 11, 1975 2:11

 

Jon Hassell—trumpet, Fender Rhodes (specially tuned and altered by Buchla and Arp Synthesizers)

Nana Vasconçelos—congas, shakers, ocean, talking drum, bells, tropical birds

David Rosenboom—mbira, rattles, tabla, dumbek

Miguel Frasconi—claves, bells

Nicolas Kilbourn—talking drum, mbira

William Winant—kanjira, rattles

Drone—Serge Synthesizer, Motorola Scalatron

Night Creatures of Altamira

Perrasita—distant barking

 

All titles by Jon Hassell

Produced by Jon Hassell

​album notes

Dream Theory in Malaya is titled after a paper by visionary anthropologist, Kilton Stewart, who in 1935 visited a remarkable highland tribe of Malaysian aborigines, the Senoi, whose happiness and well-being were linked to their morning custom of family dream-telling—where a child's fearful dream of falling was praised as a gift to learn to fly the next night and where a dream-song or dance was taught to a neighboring tribe to create a common bond beyond differences of custom. The Semelai are another tribe not far from the Senoi but who live in the largest swamp area of Malaysia. A recorded fragment of their joy-filled watersplash rhythm was restructured and became the generating force for the composition, Malay, as well as providing a thematic guide for the entire recording.

– jon hassell

album notes

Dream Theory in Malaya is titled after a paper by visionary anthropologist, Kilton Stewart, who in 1935 visited a remarkable highland tribe of Malaysian aborigines, the Senoi, whose happiness and well-being were linked to their morning custom of family dream-telling—where a child's fearful dream of falling was praised as a gift to learn to fly the next night and where a dream-song or dance was taught to a neighboring tribe to create a common bond beyond differences of custom. The Semelai are another tribe not far from the Senoi but who live in the largest swamp area of Malaysia. A recorded fragment of their joy-filled watersplash rhythm was restructured and became the generating force for the composition, Malay, as well as providing a thematic guide for the entire recording.

jon hassell

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All paintings by Mati Klarwein © 2017 Klarwein-Archives.
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A childhood in Memphis, a classical conservatory education, composition and electronic music study with Stockhausen in Cologne; a passage through the New York minimalist sphere with Terry Riley, Reich, Glass; having a window opened onto the world's music and a new approach to the trumpet via vocal master Pandit Pran Nath; a questioning and deconstruction of the European dichotomy between classical and popular, sacred and sensual; a pioneer of digital transformation and sampling—all of this led to Fourth World—the unique blend which Jon has described as "worldly music" to underline a more subtle equation at work and discourage the simplistic labeling of "world," "jazz," "classical," "minimal," or "ambient."