At last, reissues of extremely rare LPs by La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela: this one hasn’t been available on wax since the 70’s. Dream House 78’17” (the title signifies the length of the record: somehow, they’ve managed to fit twice the usual amount onto this vinyl) contains a pair of deep, spiritual drone pieces to transport the mind. Remastered and released on Les Series Shandar.
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- SSH01LP / Remastered gatefold LP on Les Series Shandar. Edition of 1000 copies
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8/10 Ant Staff review, 25 February 2016
This timely reissue is the first release on the Aguirre curated Les Series Shandar imprint. A label created to reintroduce the legendary Shandar catalogue to 21st century listeners. As with the entire La Monte Young catalogue, this record has been long out of print and desired by collectors.
Licensed from FGL Productions, remastered by Equus and pressed from a new lacquer cut by Rashad Becker. This LP contains almost forty minutes of potent audio per side -- which some may argue is too long to achieve optimum sound quality/ volume. However the music thankfully has been presented as originally intended - it would have been tragic to butcher these tracks in half and split them over four sides in order to achieve a louder cut. Presented in a gatefold sleeve with an insert containing liner notes by Julian Cowley and including a download code, this is a most welcome and long overdue reissue.
La Monte Young remains one of the greatest enigmas in 20th century music. Widely regarded as the Godfather of minimalism and drone music, it is difficult to imagine a musical landscape without his influence. La Monte Young and his wife Marian Zazeela were disciples of Hindustani classical singer Pandit Nan Prath and through his teachings created a form of contemplative harmonic music to aid spiritual enlightenment. La Monte once said; ‘My own feeling is that if people aren’t carried away to heaven I’m failing’. A clear statement of his musical intentions. But their music also requires some work on the listeners behalf; environment and state of mind are integral to the listening experience. These variables can yield different results on the inner journey to the deepest recesses of the human soul.
It’s important to remember that much of La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela / The Theatre of Eternal Music’s performances and recordings were absolutely epic in duration, and that what is presented on the records is often a section of a recording far greater in scale. The first side of ‘Dream House; ‘13 I 73 5:35 - 6:14:03 PM NYC’ was performed on 17th January 1973 at La Monte Young's private studio (to be a fly on the wall in that place!). It is a sub-section of ‘Map Of 49's Dream The Two Systems Of Eleven Sets Of Galactic Intervals Ornamental Lightyears Tracery’ which was initiated in 1966 as a section of ‘The Tortoise, His Dreams And Journeys’ a much longer piece they started in 1964 with The Theatre Of Eternal Music. The Hindustani influence of Pandit Nan Prath is explicit in this recording. With the abolition of the restrictive Western scale comes the decimation of the Western train of thought opening up the mind to the infinite universe and energy that connects all things.
The second side of the LP is ‘Drift Study 14 VII 73 9:27:27-10:06:41 PM NYC’ which was also performed La Monte Young's private studio the previous year. It consists of three sinewaves generated by custom oscillators designed by Robert Adler. The voltages and frequencies specifically tweaked for maximum effect. This pure/ minimal electronic sound is in many ways similar to Eliane Radigue’s ‘Vice Versa’ which was actually released three years earlier than this recording. The hypnotic effects often deceiving the mind as to whether it is the sound or the listener's focus that is changing.
‘Dreamhouse 78’17”’ is absolute foundation drone / minimal deep listening - early evidence that sound is equally as powerful as chemicals in enabling the mind to transcend the human body. Without this stuff there would be no Eleh, probably no Coil’s ‘Time Machines’ and so on...
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