© 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.