Sleepy Robot Rebellion

© Lee Neale and Mike Clark

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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.




  1. Cheers for the post and the kind write-up. Greatly appreciated. It was a brilliant experience. I have to say that I couldn’t have chosen a more passionate, supportive and dedicated collaborative partner. Considering the lo-fi rawness of the original vocal track that I delivered, you did an amazing job. For which I am eternally grateful. Can’t wait for the next project!

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  2. Yes, now that we’ve established a good way of working together, I think it should get easier and faster… well, maybe easier. Am also remembering that you offered to do the vocal track again. But I felt that it was soooo good, I didn’t want another performance, even if the sound quality might have been a bit better. Myself, I’d rather listen to an aces performance on an old 78 record than a lackluster one on the latest digital… thanks again Lee. I’m just a bit busy right now but am thinking about the next project… will it be spoken or sung?


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