Photograph by Betânia Liberato
‘dreamweapon’ by dreamweapon draws upon an enviable pedigree.
‘Dreamweapon’ is the title of Spacemen 3’s 1990 live album, which in turn drew it’s inspiration from a 1965 work by Angus MacLise titled, ‘Rites of the Dream Weapon’, one of an extensive series of multimedia productions, which MacLise described as “ritual happenings”.
MacLise’s collaborations with experimental luminaries, La Monte Young – minimalist drone and “dream music” composer, the inspiration for the Spacemen 3 track, ‘An Evening Of Contemporary Sitar Music’, Jack Smith – film-maker, and Ira Cohen – poet, helped define the 60’s avant-garde.
The enigmatic Angus MacLise, is perhaps best known as the original percussionist with The Velvet Underground, MacLise’s lifework included music, calligraphy, performance art, poetry, drawings, plays, and limited edition artist’s books.