I first met Four Dimensional Nightmare in 2013, when I was tapped to run sound for a live gig he was doing on our sister program, What’s This Called? As was often the case with gigs like that, the music was unlike anything I’d heard before, and when it came time to book a pledge drive guest for my own program in 2014, he was eager to play again. This is something I’ve found with Four Dimensional Nightmare: no matter what the situation, no matter the circumstances, he is down to play a gig. He will drive all through the night for a chance to play a gig in the middle of nowhere, without compensation. The chance to play is everything.
While I usually have a lot of filigree on my shows, Four Dimensional Nightmare is not much of a talker, and I’ve never gotten him to say much in all the times I’ve had him on my program. But that actually leaves us with more time for the music, and you get plenty of that. In this episode, you get a nearly 30 minute performance of LIVE Sci-Fi influence electronic music, and you get samples of his past work, all from the comfort of you living room. This performance is a bit unusual, because this is one of two gigs that are happening at radio stations, because he is playing tomorrow at 12 Noon, on What’s This Called? If you liked what you heard, you have another chance to hear it.
During some behind the scenes conversations, I have been able to get a little bit out of him with regards to how Four Dimensional Nightmare works. Often accompanied with a guitar, this work is a highly personal expression of ideas that continue to evolve, even after the project has established itself. This music is more about vistas than short bursts, and contains exotic explorations in favor of predictable formulas. In the time I’ve know this artist I’ve come to find someone who is constantly exploring sounds that are not only beautiful in and of themselves, but are incredibly meaningful to the artist. With that in mind, what good would an interview do us, anyway?
I would be remiss as a host not to point out that you should investigate both the Four Dimensional Nightmare Bandcamp Page (with the two albums from 2011 and 2012), and the Four Dimensional Nightmare Soundcloud Page (with material recorded since then). This is the kind of artist that you will not find anywhere else, and it is always a pleasure to work with him.
I should also add that I freestyle some nonsense at the end of the show. It’s like a psychedelic Sci-Fi tribute to Ken Nordine, so if you’re into that sort of thing, keep an eye out for that.
As we said on the show, let the music speak for itself. With that, I present to you: Four Dimensional Nightmare.
Four Dimensional Nightmare, LIVE!
Part I: Sound-Sweep
01.) Austin FM Theme * Paco Jones * Austin FM Theme * Self-Released (2016)
02.) Live Performance [Excerpt] * Four Dimensional Nightmare * A Momentary Lapse of Reason * Self-Released (16 April, 2014)
Part II: LIVE
03.) Live Performance * Four Dimensional Nightmare * Mid-Valley Mutations * KMUZ Radio (2016)
Part III: Traveling Through Time
04.) Live Performance [Excerpt] * Four Dimensional Nightmare * What’s This Called? * Self-Released (2 March, 2013)