commissioned by the Gustavus Wind Orchestra
Katherine Bergman Music © 2016
The meaning behind Dream Machine is two-fold. In one sense, the title suggests the brain is a “dream machine,” generating odd, otherworldly landscapes when neural activity reaches a certain state. Simultaneously, it refers to a physical art piece designed by artist Brion Gysin called the “Dreamachine.” The Dreamachine is a phonograph-driven stroboscope described as "the first art object to be seen with the eyes closed" and is intended to affect the viewer's brain alpha wave activity. Whether the “machine” is the sculpture, the brain, the music itself, or all of the above is open to interpretation.
Commissioned in recognition of Dr. James Patrick Miller's appointment as conductor of the Gustavus Wind Orchestra with sincere gratitude for the support of the Douglas Nimmo Endowment.