Here’s a Christmas treat for all UFOverdriver fans (and everyone who considers themselves a member of the unofficial UFOverdriver Fan Club.)
Thank You Everyone
Thank you to everyone who has sent me their comments, passed along their compliments, told me how much they enjoyed the work, etc. over this last year.
I would also like to thank the people who collaborated with me on UFOverdriver, Thomas Jackson Park and Louie Hebert – you both helped me expand my vision and ideas.
And a special thanks to Tania, because without you there would be no music for me, and to our friend Noel – your faith in my work is like fuel.
UFOverdriver – Year One
UFOverdriver has become, for me, a valuable outlet for the collage of ideas that run around my head, for all my musical DJ moments, as a way to express the poetic arts and as a way to travel deeper into the great, universal subconsciousness.
Throughout the year I’ve been referring to the UFOverdriver as a ship, a vessel rather than a music venture or a band. Working inside this metaphor has allowed me incredible freedom with this project and created an artist space that can not be seen, but exists only when the UFOverdriver is in motion and sound collages are being created to record the moment.
Christmas is going to bring a few equipment upgrades to the UFOverdriver as my Christmas gift money gets invested into this ship. I was thinking a Tesla Sonic Inducer would be a nice addition, along with a Tesla Anti-Gravity Acoustic Wireless Thought Projector. I just might have enough for that if I can get them on sale after Christmas…
Needless to say, 2011 should be interesting. I’ll see you there.
Created and Mixed between December 21-23, 2010 – released December 24, 2010
This special single includes samples from Johnny Cash, Lou Rawls, Charlie Brown, Linus, more Johnny Cash and some Brian Eno ambiance called “Deep Blue Day” which sounds a lot like The Little Drummer Boy (my favorite Christmas song when I was kid) and pieces from The Beatles various Christmas fan club albums.
Extra sounds in this collage includes shopping malls, checkout-stand noises and other oddities of Christmas.
Metaphorically speaking, the UFOverdriver flies at 72,000 feet, through the stratosphere of Mid-Heaven.
By applying ancient techniques of sound modulation and frequency control to mysterious substances known to physicists as “Dark Matter” (“Dark” meaning they don’t know what it is) and propelled by Solar rays and an equally mysterious force called “Dark Energy”, or as I like to called it – “Vimana Fuel”…
Simply put – the UFOverdriver flies like a Vimana.
What is a Vimana?
The Ancient Greeks had the ability to make flying crafts, which they created for the gods and avatars of India thousands of years ago.
One example in the Mahabharata is that the AsuraMaya had a Vimana measuring twelve cubits in circumference, with four strong wheels. Apart from ‘blazing missiles‘, the poem records the use of other deadly weapons. ‘Indra‘s Dart’ (Indravajrā) operated via a circular ‘reflector’. When switched on, it produced a ‘shaft of light’ which, when focused on any target, immediately ‘consumed it with its power’.
In one exchange, the hero, Lord Krishna, is pursuing his enemy, Salva, in the sky, when Salva’s Vimana, the Saubha, is made invisible in some way. Undeterred, Lord Krishna immediately fires off a special weapon: “I quickly laid on an arrow, which killed by seeking out sound“.
The Mahabharata compliments “the all-knowing Yavanas” (sarvajnaa yavanaa, the Greeks), as the creators of the vimanas: The Yavanas, O king, are all-knowing; the Suras are particularly so (sarvajnā yavanā rajan shurāz caiva vishesatah)
If you have a Bible background, you might remember the story of Ezekiel and the four-faced beasts traveling by machines that were like “a wheel within a wheel, with eyes all around.” (Ezekiel Chapter 10) In India around the same time these machines were called Vimana.
Automatic Pete from UFOverdriver Information Services…
Here’s Automatic Pete (our on-board computer) to explain a little more about the Vimana – Enjoy!
Just the other day I finished mixing and released The Brothership Has Landed, and now my brain has gone into crash/depression mode. But that’s OK, I’ll recharge and be ready to go again in due time – everything in due time.
Meanwhile, here’s a video that I saw posted on my Facebook wall this morning by one of my friends of the Pink Floyd song Hey You off of their album The Wall – very powerful all around.