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Songs of a Dead Dreamer [Import]

DJ Spooky Audio CD
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Paul D. Miller is a conceptual artist, writer, and musician working in New York. His written work has appeared in The Village Voice, The Source, Artforum, The Wire, Rap Pages, Paper Magazine, and a host of other periodicals. Miller's first collection of essays, Rhythm Science, was published by MIT Press in April 2004, and was included in several year-end lists of the best books of 2004, ... Read more in Amazon's DJ Spooky Store

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  • Audio CD (13 Sep 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Asphodel
  • ASIN: B000001PAK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro
2. The Vengeance Of Galaxy 5
3. Phase Interlude
4. Galactic Funk (Tau Ceti Mix)
5. Hologrammic Dub
6. Danc Of The Morlocks
7. Juba
8. Thoughts Like Rain
9. Anansi Abstrakt
10. Grapheme
11. Phase Interlude Part 2
12. Nihilismus Dub
13. In The Valley Of The Shadows
14. The Terran Invasion Of Alpha Centauri
15. Time Out Of Joint
16. Machine Phylum
17. High Density
18. Outro

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close your eyes and forget everything 4 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album will take you somewhere else. This is DJ Spooky's medicine for your ears and your brain. Paul D Miller's own style he calls "illbient" is a merger of ambience and music thats ill.
This underground masterpiece cannot get any spookier, with the reconstruction of ambient sounds, elements of dub, striking delays and fresh soundscapes, this is reconstruction at its very best. If you like this album, you'll love the "The Quick and the Dead". Also try and get hold of the mix he did for Nest Magazine.
An experimentalist at heart, DJ Spooky is a parallel to the sounds of DJ Shadow, DJ Krush and other diggers/producers such as Jel, Mr Dibbs and EL-P/Company Flow
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Subliminal would certainly appear to be an apt name fotr DJ Spooky, this album builds up fine sonic landscapes time and time again but is just painfully slow-moving at times. Having bought this on the basis of comparisons between him and THE GREAT DJ SHADOW I was a tad dissapointed. This album seems to be somewhere between aphex twin's ambient works and Shadow's down-tempo stuff. Still recommended
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ambient Masterpiece 28 Aug 2000
By James Schulze - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For anyone who associates DJs with corny dance remixes and dull club beats, DJ Spooky will blow that image away. "Songs of a Dead Dreamer", a collection of primarily ambient and textural works, is a dark and atmospheric work that shows Spooky's astounding ability of combining a variety of sources, from classical to electronic, and combining them into a smooth and beautiful whole. Anyone who is interested in the dark side of the ambient movement, especially fans of early Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze, should get this album. There is a somewhat self-indulgent but still interesting essay also included in the liner notes. Though Spooky does proclaim himself a "music futurist," the tag line is surprisingly true. For anyone willing to slow down and listen, this album is an ambient classic.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the greater ambient pieces out there. 18 Nov 2001
By Greyjacket - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Vinyl
The New York City illbient scene has definitely paved the way for more ill/ambient artists still to come. Many people say that the ill/ambient scene is dead (the artsy types out there enjoy pronouncing an artform dead on arrival, it may make them appear to be on top of things) - a passing fad, so to speak. (WE and Subdub are still releasing fresh vinyl albums/singles/tools off of Theagriculture, Liquid Sky, and Asphodel, for you who claim that they have vanished).
DJ Spooky claims that the world is a mix, which is definitely the philosophy's adage - in that the listening to music is more than passive, its active dissection into your self, any sound can indeed be you.
The year is 2001, and I can fervently claim that this (along with Viral Sonata)is one of best ill/ambient albums out there, in that Spooky has effectively merged the spatial, sparse sounds of ambient music with the driving beat of hip-hop and dancehall reggae/dub to make a new product, a.k.a illbient music. I say that ambient music is still fairly vibrant, in that DJs/noise-progenitors can site this album (as well as Necropolis, and various releases by other artists from Liquid Sky and Asphodel, TheAgriculture and Wordsound are also in the house) for a common and mutual reference point - much like how progressive rockers refer to Pink Floyd or how avid hip-hoppers refer to Grandmaster Flash or Grand Wizard Theodore.
As a DJ, I find this to be an excellent tool in that one can fragment (deconstruct) it into different parts and create a fresh, brand new product. Miller understood this concept (one in which many electronic Djs still refuse to understand) way before the illbient scene developed in the mid 90's. One only has to understand Miller's philosophy to feel his music (I must admit, his written essays are a bit hard to follow for the common man, one has to understand philosophical jargon to read it - he has a very... interesting vocabulary, lets say).
This album has a right to anyone's collection. I still listen to/deconstruct this five years after its release, and it can only be stale to those who aint ready. Like many forward-thinking artists, Miller's works will probably be re-discovered sometime in the future, and hopefully it will accepted along the lines of Iannis Xenakis, John Cage, Brian Eno, and perhaps even Akrikaa Bambaata and Kool Herc.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nocturnal, Cerebral, Hypnotic.......(5 Stars!!!) 9 Dec 2003
By fetish_2000 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The term 'illbient' is a sound largely based around eclectic atmospheric ambient sounds steeped in 'Dub, Hip-Hop, Drum 'N' Bass with a mostly conceptual nature. So what should you expect???....think the occasionally dense moods & atmospherics of "Dj Krush", coupled with the Avant garde downtempo of "Aphex Twin's - Selected ambient works", with a large helping of the textured Sonics and genre fusion and melodic beats of "Dj Shadow"...yet managing to completely separate himself into something completely unique to him. Usually starting with a simple wall of ambient sound, to start proceedings, a Multitude of layered samples are gradually applied over the course of some of the sprawling 7 minute epics....(one track doesn't even introduce a actual beat until 3 minutes into the track). Its truly is a great album, of that there is no doubt, but with an overall sound that is predominately Cerebral, abstract, creative & yet largely reliant on mood, its certainly not a widely accessible album, but those entering into this with 'Their eyes wide open' will treasure a artist willing to sacrifice commercial appeal or creative exploration.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars dark, foreboding, and a damn good listen 16 Nov 2001
By A. Benjamin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Your driving downtown, the bars have closed for the night, and somehow you've managed to get yourself lost in the bleak concrete jungle. You pop in your favorite DJ Spooky cd and become convinced that you are being followed. Looking for a dark, after-hours, paranoid mood? This is your album. As a whole, the album is a coherent piece that should be heard in its entirety from beginning to end. That said, there are several stand-out tracks that have become personal faves: the smokey film-noir jazzish "Nihilismus Dub"; "Galactic Funk" which has a nasty 1970s inspired funk groove; and "Juba", an African-inspired piece sandwiched in between some organ playing that sounds fit for a baseball game; and "the terran invasion...", which has a distinctly Eno-esque quality supported by a reggae bassline. Well-worth the price of admission. Check it out.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blown away... 16 Sep 2004
By Kenneth Harden - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I don't remember how I got into DJ Spooky, but at first, I was not impressed (the first CD I got was `File Under Futurism' - still not my favorite) - however, I started to buy more, and I realized my first CD was a black sheep, and that this guy REALLY knows what he is doing. This is my fifth DJ Spooky/Paul D. Miller CD, and I will keep buying them.

It is hard to describe this CD. It is absolutely futuristic, but not in a science fiction way, just science and technology (this will probably make no sense to you, but I am trying!) - it sounds intelligent and futuristic.

Regardless, from the samples Amazon has provided, you can get a good idea what is in store, except you really need to just listen strait on through.

The kicker is, this is a serious, mature ambient/IDM/whatever CD, while his other work, like Modern Mantra, is more of `rap' and organic. Same quality and flair, but way different results. Still, amazing work.
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