Friday, September 12, 2014

Daniel Lanois expanding sonic boundaries again

Throughout a respected career as a musician, producer and engineer, Daniel Lanois helped push the ambient genre forward into celestial new territory as Brian Eno’s foremost protégé; he has recorded landmark albums for U2 and Peter Gabriel and helped to revitalize the sonic dimensions of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. 
But Flesh And Machine (out October 28) marks the first time Lanois has truly deployed every sonic weapon in his arsenal in hopes that it may reach the position of headphone album of the year.

Initially conceived as an ambient album,
Flesh And Machine track Forest City’ take the classic Brian Eno albums that he worked on Ambient 4: On Land (1982) and Apollo: Atmospheres And Soundtracks (1983) as a wonderful bedrock to stand on to see the sonic future. The album bristles with new ideas. He spent countless hours processing an array of source sounds - steel and electric guitar, piano and human voice - to create the sound palette that is Flesh and Machine.

Lanois has already prepared songs from Flesh And Machine to be performed live by a trio including himself, drummer Brian Blade and bassist Jim Wilson where both the playing of instruments and the sampling, dubbing and processing will happen in real time, essentially bringing the studio to the stage.
In anticipation of the this forthcoming album release Lanois will team up with The Modern School of Film to present a breakthrough union of moving-media, sonic design and social architecture. Lanois and The Modern School of Film have enlisted a select number of established international filmmakers to create visual works inspired by the new sonic frontier surveyed in Flesh and Machine.

Filmmakers Wally Pfister Transcendence, Atom Egoyan The Sweet Hereafter, Mary Harron American Psycho, Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene, Jim McKay Breaking Bad and Ondi Timoner Dig! have all contributed short-form works to this series.

The next level of this project is to find a select number of "undiscovered" filmmakers/artists to contribute and submit films for this one of a kind multi-dimensional hybrid of sound-as-media. Go to to learn more.
Track Listing:
The End
Sioux Lookout
Tamboura Jah
Two Bushas
Space Love
My First Love
Live Dates:
9-21 Salle Andrew-Matthieu Laval, QC
9-22 Theatre Hector-Charland L’Assomption QC
9-24 Salle Desjardins-Telus Rimouski QC
9-25 Theatre Petit Champlain Quebec QC (2 Shows)
9-26 Cabaret Theatre Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu QC
9-27 Theatre Granada Sherbrooke QC
9-28 Salle Odysse Gatineau QC
9-30 The Playhouse Fredericton QC
10-1 Rebecca Cohn Auditorium Halifax, NS
10-2 Capitol Theatre Moncton, NB
10-3 Holy Heart Theatre St. John’s NL
11-9 The Danforth Music Hall Toronto, ON
11-13 City Winery Nashville TN
11-14 Lincoln Hall Chicago IL
11-16 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
11-17 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
11-19 The Hamilton Washington DC
11-20 World Cafe Live Philadelphia PA 
11-21 Columbus Theatre Providence RI 
11-22 Brighton Music Hall Boston MA
11-23 L’Astral Montreal, QC (2 shows)

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