A dazzling collision of mesmeric light, color and sound, Dream Machine is a live reimagining of Bryon Gysin and William Burroughs’ seminal experiential invention, the dream machine.
Described by Gysin as “the world’s first work of art designed to be viewed with eyes closed,” the dream machine brought about vivid hallucinations of brilliant color through the repeat exposure of high-intensity flicker light.
In this immersive concert installation, composer Dave Harrington, musical director Sophia Brous and designers Wild Dogs come together to create an extended live meditation on the landmark invention, combining high-intensity strobe, immersive lighting and ceiling projection and a live dream soundtrack performed by an exceptional gathering of musical luminaries.
Dream Machine premiered at the Supersense Festival in Melbourne and has gone on to OPUS Merriweather, Pioneer Works via Red Bull Music Festival, and FORM Arcosanti.
Accompanying performers have included the legendary Moroccan Sufi trance ensemble The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar, industrial pioneer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Sun Ra Arkestra’s Marshall Allen, British cellist and electronic producer Oliver Coates, harpist Zeena Parkins, Bill Kouligas, drummer Greg Fox, bassist Trevor Dunn and original recordings from Iggy Pop.