Monday, December 10, 2007
Bill Holt - Dreamies (1974)
This is a truly unique album that is widely considered to be one of the earliest examples of sampling. Recorded in a suburb of Philadelphia called Delaware, Bill Holt's Dreamies consists of acoustic songs that weave in and out of musique concrète inspired found sound and samples from television broadcasts and Beatles songs. There is also a heavy use of the Moog Sonic 6 synthesizer. The album is broken up into two parts, entitled Program 10 and Program 11 (originally intended for each to be a side of the record), which is a clear reference to the Beatles "Revolution #9" from the White Album. At certain moments, Dreamies reminds me of a number of different artists. Holt's voice has a somberness at times similar to Elliot Smith and the songwriting seems to be a precursor to neo-psych-pop like the Olivia Tremor Control. The use of found sound and samples is strikingly similar to what the Tape-beatles would be doing over a decade later. Due to it's mixture of songs and sampling, Dreamies is an album that has proved to be ahead of it's time.
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