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Dream Theory in Malaya: Fourth World, Vol. 2


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  • Audio CD (July 1, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Editions Eg Records
  • ASIN: B000003S2I
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,324 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "figtreejohn" on February 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Not knowing anything about him or his style of trumpet performance i nevertheless thought the coverintruiging enough to purchase it on vinyl (19 years ago...augh!) With the massive headphones i had in my possession at he time i quietly tripped on the exotic phrasings and organic otherworldly landscapes he paintslike some milleniums-old shaman of the horn. I cannot stress the importance of this album to the way i approach listening to and composing music. It remains (with his Eno collaborations) the finest example of ambient/World music before New Age diluted it's soul. Hassell has since picked up on more urban sounds & gone in a more modern direction. I'll take these ancestral musings over the Cut&Paste anytime. Another excellent offering from this period is "Power Spot", while "Flash Of The Spirit" has it's moments. "Dream Theory In Malaya" is the quintessential Jon Hassell to me...
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Richard B. Hines on September 30, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you are looking for a good introduction to the incredibly original work of Jon Hassell, this is a great place to start. For the uninitiated, Hassell is a trumpet player who uses the instrument more as a sound-generating device than in the usual sense of playing trumpet. He uses a lot of vocal techniques when he plays, then further runs his sound through a barrage of processors to get very un-trumpet-like sounds. A truly unique musician and composer.

Just before recording this LP, Hassell had been working with Brian Eno and Talking Heads, and he absorbed their ability to craft strong world-rhythms. This gave his meandering compositions a grounding and propulsion they heretofore lacked. Eno and company's influence can be heard in the slight-of-hand backing tracks here, where the percussion and bass play shifting melodies that constantly intermingle like cards being shuffled.

What makes this stand out from his other work, however, is the way each song's rhythm creates a unique sound world for that particular song. Some of his other work tends to have a sameness of sound over the entire project (with each project sounding different from the others). Here, each track shifts into its own thing, and each song takes you on a sonic voyage and leaves a unique melodic imprint on your brain. Yes, there is a sort of overall feel, a psychedelic swirling of processed trumpet sounds set against rhythms at once earthy and primitive, yet urban and experimental. Yet you can feel each track stretching in a different direction, giving the album a variety that results in an easy-to-digest listening experience.

Still under the influence of Eno's production, Hassell also shows us his ability to create using post-production and sound-shaping techniques.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Scott McFarland on December 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is "Volume 2" and they could easily have been packaged as a double LP set.
Here, Hassell does his own thing without Brian Eno as producer. As on succeeding LPs, he pursues a cleaner and somewhat louder version of his signature sound. Here, it works well and again takes us into realms of trance that no one had taken us to before. Enough of the LP sounds outstanding and slightly different from the music on Volume 1 to make this worthwhile in its own right.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter D. Tillman VINE VOICE on April 1, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I don't have a great deal to add to the previous positive reviews. I really, really like this record, and have since I bought it, in vinyl, probably not too long after it came out in 1981. A good long-term investment.

What I do have to offer is a link to the very nice Wikipedia article on Dream Theory in Malaya (which I'll put in a comment, as Ammie won't allow outside links in reviews). Lots of details about the anthropological backstory, the music, a complete discography, plus a bit about the cover, which I admire every time I play the record. One of the losses with the passing of the 12" vinyl LP was this foot-square canvas, here used to great advantage by artist Mati Klarwein -- I'll link his wikipage as well, but what you really want (assuming you like this cover) is the link to his online gallery, which is well worth spending some time on.

So -- a very appealing musical, intellectual and artistic package deal. Highly recommended.

Happy listening--
Peter D. Tillman
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