Hologramatron

by Barry Cleveland

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Hologramatron is a 21st Century protest record with songs featuring biting, sometimes brutal, commentary on the state of the Western world. It’s a musical response to contemporary social, political, and even spiritual realities. The disc draws inspiration from a musical continuum spanning art rock, psychedelia, metal, ambient, world music, trance, and funk.

The cast of players joining Cleveland comprises some of the most respected musicians of the avant-rock scene, including bass innovator Michael Manring; drummer and percussionist Celso Alberti (Steve Winwood); pedal-steel iconoclast Robert Powell (Peter Gabriel, Jackson Browne), vocalists Amy X Neuburg, Deborah Holland (Stanley Clarke, Stewart Copeland), and Harry Manx. Other renowned contributors include Turkish electro-acoustic guitarist Erdem Helvacioglu, percussionists Gino Robair and Rick Walker, and cymbalom master Michael Masley, a.k.a. the infamous “Artist General.”

In addition to the eight original compositions on Hologramatron there are two covers—Malvina Reynolds’ anti-nuclear proliferation anthem “What Have They Done to the Rain” and Joe Meek’s iconic “Telstar.” Bonus tracks include remixes by Evan Schiller (“Lake of Fire”) and Forrest Fang (“Abandoned Mines”), as well as an alternate mix of “You’ll Just Have to See It to Believe.” Grammy Award-winning engineer John Cuniberti mastered the album.

Cleveland is all about sound—from his guitar playing to his compositions to his production—and it’s the deeply layered, highly nuanced, cutting-edge sonics that unify his wildly diverse material. Cleveland’s earlier work was more ambient and impressionistic (Mythos, released on Larry Fast’s Audion label, received rave reviews in Option, Jazziz, and Stereo Review) and his last recording explored instrumental world fusion (Volcano garnered accolades in All About Jazz, Abstract Logix, Innerviews, and Progression)—but Hologramatron pushes multiple musical envelopes simultaneously.

In addition to playing acoustic and electric 6- and 12-string guitars on Hologramatron, Cleveland utilized a prototype of the revolutionary Moog Guitar and both acoustic and electric GuitarViols—hybrid bowed instruments tuned like a guitar—along with myriad effects processors and alternative playing devices such as a Chinese erhu bow, Masley Bowhammers, and the Ebow.

Barry Cleveland is also the author of Creative Music Production: Joe Meek's Bold Techniques.

credits

released 27 May 2010

Barry Cleveland electric & acoustic guitar, electric & acoustic 12-string guitar, Moog Guitar, GuitarViol, sampled percussion, sampled Mellotron, voice (8), bass (8); Robert Powell pedal-steel guitar (1-5, 7, 9, 11-13), lap-steel guitar (4); Michael Manring bass (1-9, 11-13); Celso Alberti drums, percussion (1-4, 6-9, 11-13); Amy X Neuburg vocals (1, 2, 6, 9, 10, 13).

With
Harry Manx vocals (4); Deborah Holland vocals (4); Artist General voice/words (5); Erdem Helvacioglu acoustic-electric guitar, electronics (3, 13); Rick Walker chain-link drums, teapot (5), congas (4), dumbec (7); Gino Robair dumbec, kendang (6);

And
Forrest Fang mixing, processing, violin (11); Evan Schiller mixing, processing (13).

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Track Name: Lake of Fire
Jesus has returned
As a militant conservative
No more “Mr. Nice Guy”
Or saintly superlatives

Jesus won’t be turning the other cheek
He can’t relate the poor and the meek
Pity the righteous who hunger and thirst
Salvation’s now indexed to personal worth
Jesus has traded his populist homilies
For the blessings of a free-market economy
To hell with entitlements and social security
Its laissez-faire capitalism in perpetuity

The savior has returned
As a strategic consultant
Advising politicians
Televangelists and pundits

Jesus doesn’t blush at a boldface lie
It’s manna from heaven not pie in the sky
Promising miracles with fishes and loaves
He’ll take your tunic along with your cloak
Greasing the palms of publicans and Caesars
He does unto others however he pleases
Why worry about poverty disease and pollution
When the Rapture’s on the way with the final solution

Jesus supports preemptive strikes
He can’t be bothered with human rights
Imprisoning his enemies for disbelief
There’ll be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth
Gone is the prophet of peace and compassion
The savior now sups with spooks and assassins
Come Judgment Day all who evoke his ire
Will be cast into the Lake of Fire

Yeah, cast into the Lake of Fire
Track Name: Money Speaks
Money speaks
Everyone listens
Screw the little man
With public relations

The press is free
To ask no questions
Invisible ink
Power of suggestion

In this deck all the cards are marked
With talking points and propaganda
No cognitive dissonance
Interferes with the agenda

Reality is mutable
Nothing’s fastened to the ground
Everything’s disputable
All reasoning just sound

Money speaks
Got everyone’s attention
Arrow through the heart
Market penetration

Dollar signs with halos
Plot world domination
Heaven’s on the line
To the global corporation

Dial-a-Democracy
Rings busy every time
Pardon me brother
Can you spare a dime

Almighty dollar
Got hold of Uncle Sam
Liberty and Justice
Cashed out and ran

Money speaks
You’d better listen
As truth goes mute
Assumes the position

We yield the power
Held over our heads
Then come lying time
We’ve made our own beds
Track Name: Stars of Sayulita
There was a time
I loved you dearly
All those many years ago
Memories, memories
Now faint and fading
All that I have to show

Somewhere inside
A clock is ticking
Only one day to unwind
Forever, forever
An end to dreaming
When its time for me to die

But under the stars of Sayulita
Moonlight plays upon the waves
Far away, far away
From woe and worry
Spirits dance upon their graves

Even the stars
Can’t last forever
Flicker and fade into night
Galaxies, galaxies
In time collapsing
Drawn to the limitless light

But under the stars of Sayulita
A warm breeze blows upon the sand
I’m a million a million miles away
Here’s where I long to stay
Track Name: Warning
Warning (Artist General/Michael Masley)

When questions beg for answers owed...
we need to push the envelope in the opposite direction

We need to take BACK what was STOLEN from us
Hang 0n...it's here
pay attention

TRUTH IS WILLING BUT THE PRESS IS WEAK...
truth is willing but the press is weak
truth is willing but...the press is weak

SOW THE SPIN, REAP THE WHIRLWIND

Whose interests are served?

Oilmen in POWER, oilmen, oil...OILYGARCHS...
Think about it...Are you such a FOOL?
The ROOT of All EVIL ...given to you by the Devil—aMoral Loss Leader—for Pro-LIFE?:
Pro-WAR...You War-Pharisees...War-Pharisees,
goin' to war & makin' money—but you're a CHICKENHAWK
multi-millionaire—and your skin isn't in the Game, someone else's is—
and they’re going to come back missing an arm, a leg, an eye, a mind, a LIFE...

how would you feel—patriots! how did that happen?—
how do you think?
the Devil made a deal with you and you accepted it, didn’t you?
Americans?...something's Rotten...

What is Goin' ON here? We need to take a New LOOK,
a REAL Look, A Real CLEAR Look, an UNFLINCHING Look,
How 'bout a WIDE-EYED LOOK, What's-Goin'-ON-Here...
how 'bout That:
Think About It (think about it),
SERIOUSLY Think...
bad enough that we were drunk now we're asleep at the wheel,
a sleep at the wheel...

DEMOCRACY SURRENDER MONKEYS DEMEAN THE COURT
BAD JUSTICE...NO BANANA!

…the flesh is willing, but the spirit is willing, but the flesh is, spirit, but the flesh is…You RUN from the truth!

...how does it Feel...to serve the Great Deceiver?

not, not that, no…left right middle, up down east west north

the North pole has melted...the North pole has MELTED...gone ...physically gone
We...fucked up...none of this is real,
none of this is real,
it never HAPPENED...it's ALL a game...
think about it think about it think about it...
nothing seems to work

...and that's the ultimate embrace...
metaphysically speaking...
THAT is our FLAG & it's INVISIBLE...

that other world that you sorta recognize
and sorta don't
(metaPHYSICALLY speaking,
metaphysically speaking, metaphysically speaking)
it's where we're AT—We don't have to go ANYwhere—we're Everywhere.... here and NOW is Everywhere ForEver...
Savor it.
Take a minute…Take it or leave it…it adds UP—

we need to go to the next LEVEL, the next Level... (the next what?)

...not that not that not that not that, no: no...
The atoms that make our bodies...are from the STARS...
the heavier elements formed in supernova explosions...
that's just how it is, that’s what it is, it's who we are…

That's just how it is, that's how it works:
The universe is HUGE!
Track Name: What Have They Done to the Rain
Just a little rain falling all around
The grass lifts its head to the heavenly sound
Just a little rain, just a little rain
What have they done to the rain

Just a little boy standing in the rain
The gentle rain that falls for years
And the grass is gone, the boy disappears
And rain keeps falling like helpless tears
And what have they done to the rain

Just a little breeze out of the sky
The leaves nod their heads as the breeze blows by
Just a little breeze with some smoke in its eyes
What have they done to the rain
Track Name: Suicide Train
There’s something ahead on the horizon
Belching fire into the sky
Whistle blowing, calling out my name
Says, “Climb aboard for the final ride”

Temperatures are rising
As I gasp to catch my breath
Mind is filled with madness
Body’s buckling under stress

Suicide train
Machine keeps on rolling
Faster and faster
No one knows where it’s going

Suicide train
People packed in every car
Tighter and tighter
Until no one knows who they are

Oh brothers, won’t you help us
Oh sisters, won’t you help I pray
Oh people, won’t you help us
Help us stop this runaway train

The earth is melting
Poison’s seeped into her soul
Racing by the warning signs
Keep on shoveling, shoveling coal

Suicide train
World keeps on turning
Round and round
You can smell her burning

Suicide train
Life blurs beyond my window
Faster and faster
Until there’s no one left at all

Oh brothers, won’t you help us
Oh sisters, won’t you help I pray
Oh people, won’t you help us
Help us stop this runaway train
Track Name: Lake of Fire Evan Schiller Remix
Jesus has returned
As a militant conservative
No more “Mr. Nice Guy”
Or saintly superlatives

Jesus won’t be turning the other cheek
He can’t relate the poor and the meek
Pity the righteous who hunger and thirst
Salvation’s now indexed to personal worth
Jesus has traded his populist homilies
For the blessings of a free-market economy
To hell with entitlements and social security
Its laissez-faire capitalism in perpetuity

The savior has returned
As a strategic consultant
Advising politicians
Televangelists and pundits

Jesus doesn’t blush at a boldface lie
It’s manna from heaven not pie in the sky
Promising miracles with fishes and loaves
He’ll take your tunic along with your cloak
Greasing the palms of publicans and Caesars
He does unto others however he pleases
Why worry about poverty disease and pollution
When the Rapture’s on the way with the final solution

Jesus supports preemptive strikes
He can’t be bothered with human rights
Imprisoning his enemies for disbelief
There’ll be weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth
Gone is the prophet of peace and compassion
The savior now sups with spooks and assassins
Come Judgment Day all who evoke his ire
Will be cast into the Lake of Fire

Yeah, cast into the Lake of Fire