Michael K Meyers | Once Again Doctor Freud's Horse Has Gone Missing

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Once Again Doctor Freud's Horse Has Gone Missing

by Michael K Meyers

A collection of dark and quirky, a times funny short-short tales, a few relying on voice, human and synthetic mixtures, most are evocatively combines of spoken story with “almost-music” and sonic bits and bobs.
Genre: Spoken Word: Storytelling
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1. The Gerbil Will Not Leave Its Cage
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2. Ernest Hemingway's Hyena
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3. After The Flood The Smallish Kit Proved Of Little Value
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4. The Tiny Ballerina From Fellini's Last Film Has Run Away
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5. Peak's & Valleys Experienced At Mr. Bruno's Futurist Event
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6. Translator's Consternation During The Liberation Of Paris
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7. Seeing China
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8. Yet Another True Story
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9. Gilbert's Lament (Explicit)
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10. Two Situations Pertaining To Allen
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11. Faint Murmurings From The Invisible City Of Banajas
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12. Doubleback
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13. Assisting The Japanese Ambassador Find His Shoe In The Lagoon
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14. Pockets Filled With Stones
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15. Ambivalance Experienced At THe Musical Theater
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16. View From Atop The Castle Wall
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17. The Danger Of Investigating Rambunctious Ways
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18. Harry's Bicycle (Sad)
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19. The Queen's Secretary At Eleven O'Clock
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20. The Day Devolved Into Junk
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21. The Sentimental Gendarme On The Boulevard
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22. A Collection Of Glimpses
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23. The Shipwrecked Telegrapher
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24. Once Again Doctor Frued's Horse Has Gone Missing
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
SuperSonic Flash Fictions best describes this collection of dark and quirky, a times funny short-short tales. While a few rely solely on voice, human and synthetic mixtures, most are evocatively combines of spoken story with “almost-music” and sonic bits and bobs. A writer of fiction, once-upon-a-time a painter and performance artist, and is this work a sonic storyteller—his previous venture into the sonic arts, “An Audio Encyclopedia of Personal Knowledge,” is included in The Best of the First Ten Years of All Things Considered—Meyers, finding it difficult to classify this work requests would-be listeners caught on the cusp of a decision to listen, or not to do so, that they, as an assist, blend in their sonic imaginations and play at variable speeds selected works by Laurie Anderson, Joe Frank, Robert Ashley, Garrison Keillor with Franz Kafka. Meyers is a professor of writing and multimedia at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago.


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Evan Sult

adventuring
Listening to "Doctor Freud's Horse" is like discovering that all of the vending machines and automated phone banks and ATMs in the city actually have voices and personalities; like they all of a sudden want to tell you stories, tell you a joke, start singing and dancing down the sidewalk. Meanwhile, the city's other sounds, all its burbling drumbeats, steamy hisses, glitchy clicks, bleating taxi horns and mysterious shivery tones, sing right back.

I know, this doesn't sound like a description of music at all...and yet, this is a very musically rewarding album. My guess is that the kind of brain that appreciates They Might Be Giants as well as Steve Reich as well as Quasimoto should consider this record required listening. It feels like the kind of thing Radiohead's Thom Yorke probably has floating around somewhere in his head, and I wouldn't be surprised if The Fiery Furnaces, The Books, and the ghost of John Cage were tuned into the same frequencies.

Plus like I said: it's funny!

As much as I enjoy the album as a composition in its own right, I like it best when these songs are added to a random playlist. Each song title is announced at the beginning of the piece, and as these little stories slip between Dolly Parton and Broken Social Scene, or Bob Dylan and Andrew Bird, everything you like about your own music collection gets a little better--more surprising, less predictable, more like the good things in life.

Final note: Check out the song titles. Just knowing there's a song in the world called "The Tiny Ballerina from Fellini's Last Film Has Run Away" makes this album worth it.