Disco Dream and the Androids (Special 30th Anniversary Edition)

Adrian Wagner and Robert Calvert

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1- Dream Machine            9:03
2- Is This a Dream?        8:17
3- Love Dance            3:59
4- Connection Disconnection    4:21
5- Android Love            3:24
6- Café des Illusion        4:04
NADRIA type ECY 271-faulty
RENGAW MUSCO series 4N 67-faulty
Dorémi, Fasöla and Latèdo 491A series type MAP

Album Concept: Robert Calvert/Adrian Wagner

Produced by Tony Richards/Adrian Wagner

Sleeve design and art direction: Rod Vass

Recorded at ‘The Electronic Dream Plant’, Oxfordshire (the home of the Wasp syntheser!)

Instruments: Robert Moog’s Series III, Roland 700, RML 380Z, Melotron,  Yamaha CS-80, Yamaha Grand Piano, Wasps, Spider and Roto Toms with CV connection to control the synths.

Disco Dream and the Androids (Special 30th Anniversary Edition)
     "Cast your mind back to the year 1979 when the disco culture was booming in Europe. I had always wanted to write a space fantasy album about androids and, in many ways, these conceptual thoughts turned much later on into the International best-selling cult album called 'Merak'. However, in one of our many discussions about androids, Robert and I talked about the hilarious relationship between disco dancing at that time and the creation of, so called, 'leisure androids'. As with most things invented by humans they are more likely to go wrong and in fairly extreme ways! What happens if a male android falls in love with a female (girl!) android? What happens if they are a different design and "they can't make no connection"? What about if the female android he fell in love with danced too fast and had a strange sight which gave her a different 'view' of the world around her? What about reflecting Robert's own paranoid personality through this love stricken Android? - we fell about laughing and the 'Connection Disconnection' track was born!

        I wove Robert's 'Paranoid Android' idea into the spoof concept space fantasy album called 'Disco Dream and the Androids’. The Album was released in Europe and we all took assumed names on the credits using anagrams. The Paranoid Android is called Rengaw and the female android is called Nadria! Also on the Album, were Lou Reed's wonderful backing singer androids "The Thunder Thighs" (Dorémi - Fasola and Latido! better known as Karen Friedman, Dari Lalou , and Casey Synge who also appeared on my Charisma’s ‘Instincts’ album) and many other well known musicians who played under assumed (android) names.

    ‘Disco Dream and the Androids’ also contains a first in Electronic Music as the Android sound on the track ‘Is This a Dream?’ derives from a computer called Research Machines RML 380Z with a program specially written by Stephen Evans of Oxford University who designed the Spider sequencer which features on this Album linked to the Wasp and Moog Series III and the Roland 700 synthesiser. This was the first time a purely computer generated ‘phonetic voice’ had been produced!

    Disco Dream was released in many countries in Europe. However, many missed the ‘spoof’’ aspects of the tracks and went for the pure sci-fi nature of the music, for instance, the release in famous discotheque in Amsterdam of the Album invited all to come dressed as androids and sci-fi creatures who, in my eyes, took it all too seriously.

    This new CDR is a special release, newly digitally re-mastered from the original analog material. I have employed advanced noise reduction techniques to remove noise and any low frequency instability. The outcome of this is an Album which has never sounded so good whilst still keeping that retro feel of the late 1970’s disco era! "
        Adrian Wagner - November 2009

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