Dead Rock Stars Trapped In A Classic Mixing Desk

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A dream: I stumbled onto a seminar that  initially thought was a trade workshop for those in the recording and audio industry. Many people were crammed into a narrow, low ceiling room with spot lighting. The centre of their attention was a large but dated audio mixing desk. There was an implication that its vintage and pedigree was such that many iconic musicians had channelled their art through this equipment.

Slowly it dawned on me that the workshop attendees were not audio types at all. They were psychics, mediums and the like.

Then it was revealed that this particular mixing desk contained the disembodied voices of now dead musicians. On different channels were the likes of David Bowie, Lou Reed, Janis Joplin, Prince etc. Push up a fader and their voice just mid conversation was heard. Often it was one half of a conversation. We couldn’t hear the other half until it was surmised that the other half of any conversation might be on one of the other faders.

Excitement in the room grew as a handful of intuitive people realised that by patching the desk in various ways they could enable groups of musicians to talk to one another.

Slowly it dawned on us all that we might be able to patch in our own voices and talk to these dead rock stars or even collaborate musically with them.

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Rex Harrison Sings In My Dreams

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I dreamt that Rex Harrison was singing in that talk-singing way he had. He was singing Invisible Sun as usually performed by The Police. He was placing his quizical vocal emphasis on a very literal recital of the lyrics ala ‘Why can’t a woman be more like a man’.
Wilfred Hyde White was lurking silently.

Running To The Dead City

This may be a repeat dream. It feels kind of familiar. London is surrounded by a wall and largely abandoned. I’m one of a small number who regularly gain access to the abandoned city via various burrowed tunnels. We have to be quick as there’s a low level exposure danger to being in London that isn’t specified.

We emerge by Marble Arch. There is much that is boarded up but dilapidated. All sounds are deadened in a similar way to the way snow deadens the passage of sound. Shouting out does not seem to carry the voice and an eerie silence pervades.

Night seems to fall at different times to the areas outside of the quarantine which puzzles us greatly. In time we find we’re spending so long in the abandoned city that we are deemed too tainted to stay in the world outside the city by the authorities so spend our lives in a no mans land between the two, the tunnels below and the fringes of the quarantined area.

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Chaos Man With Coins And Cereals In His Legs

I had two main dreams last night. The first featured a man with a mixture of cereal flakes and coins embedded in his legs at an angle. At a distance it made his legs almost look scaled. It turned out he was a kind of anti super hero complete with dubious pants and a black cape. His aim was to introduce elements of chaos into lives. He thrived on chaotic situations. He would arrive, show how to bring order then twist the circumstances by introducing more chaos.

In between all this he just chased people for fun. He was chasing me. I ran.

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An Altered Eden

My dream last night must surely be a film I’ve seen or book I’ve read. If not then it’s surely an amalgam.

First contact with extra terrestrials is made though not face to face. The Earth is overcrowded and overpopulated. War and violence regularly breakout though an elite live in relative normality.

Mistrust of the voices from the stars dissipates as they share their advice on how to solve environmental problems and cure serious disease. The population rises to even greater numbers and it’s clear that the Earth cannot house so many. The extra terrestrials offer to re-home many on an new Earth-like planet in another galaxy. In fighting for places is extraordinarily fierce and soon those that shouted the loudest gain their places.

We all watch as the self elected ones take their seats in alien designed  machines where they will be broken down into atoms and transported in the blink of an eye to an new home.  A new world. A fresh start. This would leave our Earth with sustainable numbers. If the population bloomed then the aliens would re-home a percentage again.

But the process was corrupted by own own engineering interpretation skills. There were errors we made in building the transportation devices from the plans supplied by the aliens. As a consequence information became garbled and the atomised individuals were never reassembled entirely correctly on their destination new Eden. A new Earth begins with millions disabled and disfigured by the mistakes in the planning of their journey.

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