jeff emtman - dream tapes

Dream Tapes was produced by Jeff Emtman in collaboration with DMR007-Anonymous.

It features selected dreams from Jeff's project, Dream Tapes, in which 50 participants received tape recorders in the mail. Every morning for 3 weeks, they recorded all of their dreams as they woke up. The dreamers then mailed back the recorders.

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Jeff says: 

The Dream Tapes Project is an ill-advised attempt to make meaning of dreams. While participants are waking up, they flip on a tape recorder and say everything they can remember from their sleep.

Currently inspiring Jeff inside the world of sound:

This album by Run Child Run has been playing in my mind as I drift off to sleep for a while now. "...hungry for your loving affection / somehow you are both the cure and infection..."

Currently inspiring Jeff outside the world of sound:

I spend a lot of time watching videos about homemade electronics on YouTube. It's a huge genre, and I've fallen in love with a particular pair of hoaxers who claim to have invented an electromagnetic weapon from a couple microwaves. The sheer amount of aluminum foil they wear should be evidence enough of the satire, but their honest personas, a deep knowledge of mainstream understandings of science, and a pretty high production value make this invention somehow believable.

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Constellations says:

We're excited by the tactile nature of this project -imagining the recorders Jeff sent out waiting on 50 strangers' bedside tables, and their sleep-drunk fumbles with the record button.

As an ensemble, the dream tapes are a peek into an alternate subconscious reality. The speakers are recording as they cross the boundary between sleep and waking. Their words slip past the mind's sense censor and thus possess a kind of intimacy that is interesting beyond the psychedelic content of the dreams.

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Jeff Emtman is the creator of the Dream Tapes Project and KCRW's Here Be Monsters.  The Dream Tapes Project is currently seeking an app developer.  If you're interested in helping, please contact Jeff.