Laurie Spiegel / Olof Dreijer
melodies record club #002: ben ufo selects
Ben UFO is up next for volume two, following Four Tet’s selection a few months back. Here we have two tracks which have been staples in Ben’s DJ sets at different times, but neither were originally produced
with a club setting in mind, which is why they’ve never been available in this 12" format before.
On one side, we have “Drums” from Laurie Spiegel’s 1980 experimental electronics album “The Expanding Universe”, a collection of
tracks produced between 1974 and 1976 using a computer playing the actual sounds by controlling analog synthesis equipment
under control of the GROOVE hybrid system developed by Max Matthews and F.R. Moore at Bell Labs - a percussive seven
minute computer generated workout inspired by Laurie’s interest in African and Indian musics.
On the flip we have a track by Olof Dreijer from the Swedish band the Knife who’s work you might also be familiar with under the
moniker Oni Ayhun. Back in 2009 his artist friend Adnan Yildiz curated an exhibition , dedicated to public imagination. Adnan commissioned a single piece from Olof called “Echoes from Mamori”, that
played on loop during the exhibition and was subsequently released only on CD. A contemporary piece more clearly indebted to
house music, Olof built the track around arpeggios generated using sounds of frogs he recorded in the Amazon and birds around
Berlin, fed into a sampler.