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WOMAN FOR PRESIDENT! Dion McGregor’s Somnolent Prediction—from the 1960s

3 Nov

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An unreleased Dion McGregor somniloquy, recorded a half-century before Hillary Clinton’s run for the USA’s top office. (Click on image for audio.)

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Dream World Remastered!

1 Dec
Dream World of Dion McGregor (Decca, 1962) Cover by Edward Gorey

Dream World of Dion McGregor (Decca, 1962)
Cover by Edward Gorey

Dear Dion McGregor fans and Torpor Vigil Supporters,

It gives me quite a charge to announce the return of one of the funniest and strangest albums of all time. The Dream World of Dion McGregor (He Talks in His Sleep)—first released as a vinyl LP by Decca in 1964—has been remastered from the original tapes by Torpor Vigil Records and is now being offered as a free download. To stream or download this sequence of classic recordings by the legendary sleeptalker, please visit this page:
https://dionmcgregor.bandcamp.com/album/the-dream-world-of-dion-mcgregor-he-talks-in-his-sleep-remastered-free

Every download of the remastered Dream World album includes a markdown of 35% on Samuel Andreyev’s outstanding Tubular West album (both custom CD and download versions). Album details: https://samuelandreyev.bandcamp.com/album/the-tubular-west
Thanks for your time—and, as always, all the best in dream and waking!
Steve
http://www.torporvigil.com
https://twitter.com/torporvigil

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The Time Has Come for Dreaming Like Mad!

19 Jun

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Praise Morpheus, the god of dreams: the new Dion McGregor album is finished at last!

Preorders for the CD will be filled the first week of July. Meanwhile, I’ll be making the download version available not just to those who preordered it but to those who’ve been awaiting the disc and will have to wait a little longer for it to be shipped.

Each unavoidable delay presented an opportunity to improve upon the layout and design of the album. This new release will be a worthy offering on the golden anniversary of The Dream World of Dion McGregor.

New orders for the album, in CD and download forms, will be filled starting the second week of July–a month shy of the tenth anniversary of The Further Somniloquies of Dion McGregor (the first “dream world” compilation from Torpor Vigil).

I can guarantee you, this new Dion McGregor release will be nothing to thumb your nose at!*

Steve Venright

* You’ll know what I’m talking about when you hear the dreams.

Dreaming Like Mad Pre-Release News!

17 Feb
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Portrait of Dion McGregor by Kerry Zentner (based on an uncredited photo in the 1964 Bernard Geis Associates publication The Dream World of Dion McGregor)

The release of Dreaming Like Mad (Yet More Outrageous Recordings of the World’s Most Renowned Sleeptalker) is slated for late May. To raise funds for the final phases of production—and just to get the word out—I’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign (see link below). The CD can now be preordered on the TVR website. The download version will be available via iTunes upon official release in May.

I’ve just finished digitizing 27 somniloquies that were previously unknown to me. These were considerately restored to the archive of McGregor recordings by Patrick Ramsay after he discovered several tapes stored among Michael Barr’s belongings. Michael, who recorded Dion’s somnolent monologues during the 60s, died in 2009, passionate to the end about the mad dreams of his old songwriting partner and roommate. Several of these long-lost dreams are truly outstanding, and I plan to incorporate a few of them into the DLM track list.

Dreaming Like Mad on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1823544782/dreaming-like-mad-with-dion-mcgregor

Preorder the CD: http://www.torporvigil.com/012TVR/SectorPages/Store.html

DLM Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dreaminglikemad

Thanks for checking in. Drop by again soon for further updates.
Steve

Dreaming Like Mad promo video

17 Jan
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Kerry Zentner’s cover illustration for the 2014 Dion McGregor album from Torpor Vigil Records

Here’s the first promo video for the forthcoming Dion McGregor album.

Dreaming Like Mad with Dion McGregor (promo video)

Dreaming Like Mad cover illustration by Kerry Zentner
http://www.kerryzentner.com