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Mojo NOVEMBER 2017 - by Kieron Tyler
JON HASSELL - DREAM THEORY IN MALAYA: FOURTH WORLD VOLUME TWO
Dream Theory In Malaya's centre-piece was inspired by an article about and a BBC field recording of the music of Malay tribes. From these, Jon Hassell created a scale conforming to Indonesian tuning for his trumpet and incorporated the recorded sound as a rhythm. With this, he had the foundations for an album of pulsing and shape-shifting electro-acoustic pieces in line with his idea of a "Fourth World Music": music eschewing geographical and cultural boundaries. When first issued in 1981, David Byrne and Eno's Hassell-indebted My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts was in the shops. A year earlier, Fourth World Vol. 1: Possible Musics was credited to Jon Hassell/Brian Eno and filed under "E" for Eno. Though Eno contributed, Hassell's is the one name on Dream Theory In Malaya's front cover. Credit had been claimed.