Catalog No.: 
zen121
Release date: 
August, 2015
a sonic exploration of the symbols and words of William S Burroughs

1. Eros and Thanatos
Eros and Thanatos, love and death, is a chapter in The Naked Lunch.

2. Yage
Yage is the secretive hallucinogenic drug that Burroughs famously tried to track down in the forests of South America.

3. Orgasm Death
Orgasm death is a repeating theme in a lot of his writings.

4. Virus
Language is a virus.

5. Il hombre
This was Burroughs' nickname, Il hombre invisible.

6. Music for Mugwumps
I couldn't have written an album inspired by Burroughs without using these sexually addictive creatures as an example of his imagination.

7. Cut Up Theory
Cut Up Theory is for me the most important theme of any Burroughs based study or inspiration. I find the practical use of cut up in writing literature and music personally inspiring. The spoken piece in this track is text taken from a web site explaining the cut up method that Burroughs used; then I placed this text through the 'text to speak' program in windows, and the resulting voice-over I 'cut up' electronically to produce what you hear on this track. (click here for a short essay on the cut up method)

8. Eros and Thanatos, Part II
In part 2 of Eros and Thanatos I reversed the initial track to produce this track. Of course where there is love and death, there is also death and love.

The album is an exploration of the symbols of the words used by the American writer William S Burroughs. All the song titles use what I believe to be the quintessential essence of the author’s art of expression. The songs themselves are not based on any of Burroughs' writings, but have been manufactured as an expression of my experience of Burroughs’ thoughts and tastes. Ironically, I found myself in Interzone whilst writing the tracks, although I do believe this is a place where any author goes when creating, writing or forming ideas.

Great thanks goes out to Sue McLeod for her inspirational lyric writing and beautiful singing on Yage. I really couldn't have completed the album without her. Thank you Sue.

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