​solo works

​the vertical project



atmospherics

199​7

Bluescreen Project

Earshot Records

1997 • 28:42​

Bluescreen Project

Earshot Records

1997 • 28:42


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

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.

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

Produced by Jon Hassell and Peter Freeman
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

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.

– jon hassell

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.

jon hassell

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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."