Music of the Man 5​,​000 Years Ago

by Steven Dressler

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Music of the Man 5,000 Years Ago was originally conceived for release in 1996. The title was inspired by artist Jean Dubuffet's quote, "In my music I wanted to place myself in the position of a man of 50,000 years ago." My recording process at the time relied heavily on edited improvisation, which was practiced as well by Dubuffet, also a "non-musician." The end result however is not quite as primitive as Dubuffet's, so it can be dated to 5,000 years ago. Much like the Beach Boy's Smile, a track listing and cassette cover art were planned but the music was never completed. With the release of the Smile Sessions in 2011, I was inspired to finally complete the album. The original four track cassette masters and earlier digital mixes from 1998 were searched in order to reconstruct the tracks from the lowest generation parts, which were bounced many times in their original four track versions. The cover art is a rendering of the flag of Bhutan, a remote country known for it's limited connection to the outside world and modern inventions. It later made headlines as the last country to legalize television in 2002.

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released December 12, 2011

Composed, performed & engineered by Steven Dressler
at Dull Aches 1993-1998 C.E.

Track 9 is a mail collaboration with Big City Orchestra & Superfinemagneticparticle

Instruments: Accordion (5, 13), African Drum (2, 3), Assoon (2), Autoharp (6), Bass Drum (10), Bass Guitar (6. 13), Casio SK-1 (6, 9, 12, 13), Cassette Case (6), Clarinet (5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 13) , Electric Donkey (6), Electric Guitar (9, 13), Electric Portative Organ (Yamaha PSS-170 (3), Electronically Simulated Voice (jiggled microphone wire) (6), Finger Cymbal (3, 13), Glass Harmonica (13), Guitarra da Gamba (2, 3, 13), Hammered Kalimba (2, 3), Harmonium (6, 13), Indian Flute (6), Hohner Organ (5, 13), Japanese Flute (3), Jew’s Harp (13), Kazoo (6), Melodica (6, 12), Microphone Drum (13), Orgatron 2 (5, 6, 12), Piano (4, 7, 8, 10, 11), Records (12), Russian Flute (6), Sorryod (2, 6, 12, 14), Stupaphone (6), Toy Canon (6), Toy Flute (1), Toy Gun (9), Toy Trumpet (6, 13), Toy Xylophone (12), Violin (2, 5, 13), Voice (13)

Notes on the invented instruments: The Assoon is a cardboard tube with a drinking straw reed. Guitarra da Gamba is an acoustic guitar with an augmented bridge and raised fingerboard. Sorryod is a hand made clay wind instrument inspired by the African bung o'horn.

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