Laurie Spiegel / Olof Dreijer | Melodies Record Club #002: Ben UFO Selects

Laurie Spiegel / Olof Dreijer

melodies record club #002: ben ufo selects


Laurie Spiegel - Drums

Olof Dreijer - Echoes From Mamori

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.