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Hallucination Engine
     

Hallucination Engine

by Material
 
By the mid-'90s, Material was simply another word for Bill Laswell, so as Laswell's fascination with ambient mysticism grew, so did Material's tendencies in that direction. After 1991's dark and reggae-inflected The Third Power, Hallucination Engine's long, spacy jams aren't exactly a

Overview

By the mid-'90s, Material was simply another word for Bill Laswell, so as Laswell's fascination with ambient mysticism grew, so did Material's tendencies in that direction. After 1991's dark and reggae-inflected The Third Power, Hallucination Engine's long, spacy jams aren't exactly a dramatic departure, but the combination of Wayne Shorter and various North African elements is certainly interesting. In fact, the array of guest musicians is more diverse than ever: Trilok Gurtu, Jonas Hellborg, Zakir Hussain, Bootsy Collins -- the list goes on and on and even includes William Burroughs (who intones a hilarious list of "Words of Advice" over a churning mid-tempo funk groove). In his ambient mode, Laswell has been accused of turning too little music into too much track length, and there's some justice to those criticisms; here, "Black Light" and the unbelievably well-named "Eternal Drift" both plod along for far too long with far too little development. But that William Burroughs track kicks in just as you're about to fall asleep, and it's followed immediately by a very funky and very jazzy remix of "Cucumber Slumber." "The Hidden Garden/Naima" proposes an interesting juxtaposition of Arabic pop song and modal jazz, with dramatic and beautiful results, while "Shadows of Paradise" brings the album to a close with a gentle whimper, not a bang.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/1994
Label:
Universal Mod Afw
UPC:
0731451835124
catalogNumber:
518351
Rank:
80584

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Performance Credits

Material   Primary Artist
Ali Jihad Racy   Ney
Simon Shaheen   Violin,Oud
Bernie Worrell   Hammond Organ,Electric Piano
Bill Laswell   Bass,Sampling,Loops
Wayne Shorter   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bootsy Collins   Bass
Jeff Bova   Synthesizer
William S. Burroughs   Voices
Aiyb Dieng   Percussion,Conga,Chatan
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Zakir Hussain   Tabla
Jonas Hellborg   Bass Guitar,Fretless Bass Guitar
Nicky Skopelitis   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar,Baglama,Electric Sitar
Lakshminarayana Shankar   Electric Violin
Liu Sola   Voices
Vikku Vinayakram   Ghatam

Technical Credits

Martin Bisi   Engineer
Bill Laswell   Arranger,Producer,beats
Oz Fritz   Engineer
Robert Musso   Engineer
Vikku Vinayakram   Contributor
James Koehnline   Artwork

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