My earliest memories are of my Father's '50's Rock 'n Roll 45s spinning out the magic - when asked in Kindergarten what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said "Little Richard!" That must've been 1973, the same time I began experimenting with audio recording on my Grandmother's portable Philco reel-to-reel. It didn't take long to discover that other universes existed in manipulating tape speeds and gyrating the microphone in unorthodox ways - more magic!
I was that kid that stayed inside and practiced my snare drum lessons while my friends played ball outside. When I was finished, I rounded them up and directed wacky HyperTapes, creating sound effects and demented narratives, inventing techniques as the story trajectory required, loving every sugar-fueled second of it. My older brother Griff needed a bass player for his band, so I picked up a Memphis Precision cheapie copy in 1980 and fell in love - the meaty strings of the bass, and the physical sensations they generated - I was hooked. Switched up to a 24-fret six string Modulus in 1993 and have played it exclusively ever since.
All these years and bands later, my private reserve project Listen2Daze is ready for release. It represents a lifetime of passion for the art of recording, sound manipulation techniques and hard-earned expertise, as well as my most adventurous musical partnerships braided together within a complex true story. Packaged in puzzles requiring hands-on listener participation, designed to tantalize collectors of musical objects, fascinate puzzle solving enthusiasts, visual and memory game players, as well as fans of bombastic Prog concept albums.
Greg McClellan
True Story:
The Controllers have nearly taken over. They are currently exploiting and draining the psychic energy and resources of our world, casting a pallor of disgruntled unease over the minds of everyone, who instinctively sense that something
is terribly wrong. The Controllers are malevolent conscious energies that are able to slip between the 3rd and 4th dimensions through brain implanted chips in carefully-selected people... people with rare psychic abilities.
My friend Curt is one of those unfortunate portals. Curt and
I became friends in 1981 at 12 years old. Even then, he had a special gift of second sight, picking numbers out of my head and other startling precognitive insights, and a gifted spontaneous poet. I trust Curt when he tells me something.
In March of 1999, I was recording a CD called 'Listen' with brilliant guitarist Loren Lewis when Curt came bursting into the studio, quite upset. He sat cross-legged on the floor and spoke for an hour about how he had been tricked into consenting to have a brain implant installed in his head, and it was transmitting and receiving information faster than
he could keep up. He was NOT ON DRUGS, and he was so emotionally adamant that I kept an open mind.
He reminded me about some papers that we had stumbled across in 1986 called ‘Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars’. A mutual friend had found them INSIDE of a Xerox machine purchased from an Army Surplus auction, taped inside.
Now easily searchable online: at the time it was(and remains) a terrifying declaration of war on society, and
much of what we read then is happening now. Only a few copies of this document were printed and circulated, and Curt said the same people were working with The Controllers to exploit and drain energy from our dimension.
What was I supposed to DO with that?
Well, 16 years later, here is what I did with it:
Listen2Daze – a 48+ hour album that details over 400 songs on 39 CDs (Chapters) what happened to Curt in the intervening years, lengthy, poetic voice mails mixed with recordings of him dating back to 1981 where, true to form, questions he asks are answered by his own voices from the past. Many of his wild premonitions are actually coming true, and what sounded like fiction 6 years ago is popping up on headlines on a daily basis. He truly saw what was coming, and now I am asking for your help to stop The Controllers and deactivate the brain implants worldwide:
Please do not commit to Listen2Daze lightly – it is of the utmost importance that the owners of a L2D Set pledge to complete the 10 puzzles / tasks required of them. Each set is part of a larger network that MUST be completed for the kinetic circuit to close and DESTROY THE CONTROLLERS.
Participation is mandatory!
The 10 steps to completing Listen2Daze:
1. Complete the 40-piece puzzle, made up of the CD slipcase front covers. It should be 4 feet wide and 20” tall when complete;
2. Discover as many visual pairings as you can within the completed image (there are dozens);
3. Lay the 39 CDs over the cover puzzle, using the CD art images to find the place where they go;
4. The CDs themselves spell out the Secret Word – say it aloud;
5. The new image created by the CD art is a visual pun.
Write it down.
6. There is a 2nd Secret Word, that must be discovered by following the chapters of the CDs as you listen and observe them again upon the puzzle. Write it down.
7. During the final, 400th song, close the visual circuit when verbally prompted with the first ‘Listen’ CD upon the puzzle. This is crucial!
8. Play the Memory Game with the back covers of the puzzle: 20 pairs to locate!
9. Reunite the CDs in their slipcases and reassemble the box, then...
10. Send an email to listenman@gmail.com with the secret words.
You will be updated after Curt is located and the 48 Hour Album is presented to him, and the response he has to the collective energies donated by YOU, transmitted through MUSIC, to deactivate the implant once and for all in the 400th and final song.
This album is dedicated to my friend Curt.
May it have the effect I intend.
Silent Weapons