The Dowland Shores (of Philip K. Dick's Universe)

by Levente

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"...the supposedly real world has begun to feel more and more like a Philip K. Dick novel. [...] You might note that, alongside Dickensian and Kafkaesque, we now have an adjective to describe this state of affairs. Phildickian. And the world seems more phildickian every day." (Jesse Hicks, The Verge, 2012)

Philip K. Dick (1928-1982) was an American writer, whose works, exploring philosophical, political and theological themes, have moved from a rather unique corner of science fiction into mainstream (including cult film adaptations like Blade Runner and Minority Report) and into courses on literature.

In Dick's exquisitely complex, often disturbing (and disturbingly prophetic) universe there are numerous veiled or direct references to John Dowland, the English Renaissance composer. While navigating through Dick's unique and turbulent world, these references are akin to encountering safe shores of humanity, of familiar reality, where one could stop for a moment among the many turbulent flows and currents.

This album is about those shores - the human, sometimes background or secondary, stories and undercurrents in Dick's ever-changing labyrinthine universe.

Among the compositions, which were inspired by these, there are also a few tributes to John Dowland - hopefully adapted to fit into the Dick-inspired musical world as Dick's references to the music of a distant past fit into his universe...

All tracks composed by Levente, except the following based on songs by John Dowland (The Second Book Of Songs, 1600): (1) & (12): Flow My Tears, (4): Come Ye Heavy States of Night, (9): Woeful Heart of Grief Oppressed.

All tracks arranged, performed and engineered by Levente.

Music, cover design & photo: Copyright 2016 by Levente. All Rights Reserved.

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released July 14, 2016

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Levente England, UK

Transylvanian-born synth artist, based in the United Kingdom... keeping it Gothic, one might say...
Works that combine the feel of medieval music, ethnic elements and electronic soundscapes have been formerly released via PeopleSound and Vitaminic.
One composition was featured on a compilation released by Earthtone / Sonic Images records founded by Chris Franke, ex-Tangerine Dream.
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