Jon Hassell

fourth world vol. 2: dream theory in malaya

Dream Theory in Malaya

Editions EG EEGCD-13

1981 • 36:25


1  Chor Moiré 2:21

2  Courage 3:38

3  Dream Theory 5:15

4  Datu Bintung at Jelong 7:05

5  Malay 10:12

6  These Times... 2:53

7  Gift of Fire 5:01


Jon Hassell—trumpet, pottery drums, Prophet 5, bowl gongs

Brian Eno—drums, bowl gongs & bells

Michael Brook—bass

Miguel Frasconi—bowl gongs

Walter DeMaria—distant drum

Daniel Lanois—mix


All titles by Jon Hassell

Produced by Jon Hassell


album notes

Dream Theory in Malaya is titled after a paper by visionary anthropologist, Kilton Stewart, who in 1935 visited a remarkable highland tribe of Malaysian aborigines, the Senoi, whose happiness and well-being were linked to their morning custom of family dream-telling—where a child's fearful dream of falling was praised as a gift to learn to fly the next night and where a dream-song or dance was taught to a neighboring tribe to create a common bond beyond differences of custom. The Semelai are another tribe not far from the Senoi but who live in the largest swamp area of Malaysia. A recorded fragment of their joy-filled watersplash rhythm was restructured and became the generating force for the composition, Malay, as well as providing a thematic guide for the entire recording.

jon hassell

atmospherics: stories in words and pictures


 n e w s

 b i o g r a p h y 

 p r e s s 

 a r t i c l e s 

 d i s c o g r a p h y 

 c o n c e r t s 

 s t a g e 

 l i n k s 

Cover painting: 'Alexander's Dream' by Mati Klarwein