Red lettering says “Seasons Greetings” backwards. Even the CNN reporters noticed the sad irony of this image.
© Lee Neale and Mike Clark
Lee Neale is the Australian-born founder of Shamagaia Universal Healing, currently living in Japan. When Lee suggested we collaborate on some projects, I thought it was a great idea. I’d been playing around with MIDI for a while, and felt confident enough to back up his vocals. I’d never heard Lee speak or sing, and didn’t know what to expect. So when he sent me the vocal track for Sleepy Robot Rebellion, I was impressed, to say the least.
To me, Lee’s vocals sound like some kind of operatic mix of Freddie Mercury, David Bowie and Paul McCartney. The soundscape we finally settled on was the 8th version. Along the way, Lee helped with the arrangement. He also came up with some amazing sound FX to add to the ones I’d found.
Just what is Sleepy about? To be honest, I’m not entirely sure. And I like it that way. I prefer art that is suggestive and not overly literal. But the lyrics clearly have something to do with artificial intelligence (AI), consciousness, power and ethics. So it’s a tune that should become increasingly relevant with every passing year.
i was out in the countryside again… tonight… a small vacuuming station in Port Hope, Ontario… i love these dark dark places… so atmospheric… i think i’ll return for a re-shoot with my tripod sometime..
I finally got a scanner that does slides. It’s opening up another door to my past. Here I must be pre- or about kindergarten age. I remember thinking that paisley shirt was kinda upper class. The pants, however, give it all away. Cords worn out from play. I think we eventually fixed the trim on the antique settee. And I guess extension cords were rare back in those days. Seem to remember it being a stretch to plug in the lamp…