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A Thousand Points of Light

by Trevor Tureski and John Oliver

The Mass 04:01
Fat Head 02:41
Night Vibe 02:18
Desert Storm 04:54


"A Thousand Points of Light" was created at the Banff Centre for the Arts in August 1991, the culminaton of two weeks of intensive research with interactive MIDI percussion and electronics. A Thousand Points of Light represents the first and only collaboration between Trevor Tureski and John Oliver.

Earlier in the year 1991, The United States and allies destroyed the city of Baghdad. Neither Trevor nor I ever believed there were "weapons of mass destruction," not did we believe in the legitimacy of the war. We knew it was about protecting oil interests and maintaining American war machines in the Middle East. And so during the weeks after the recording sessions, we brainstormed titles and came up with all of the titles based on the massive tumbling textures of the tracks, especially the last track called "Desert Storm."

We release this archival recording on the 30th anniversary of the recording and of the Gulf War, and on the 20th anniversary of the attacks on the USA of September 11, 2001.

The work is comprised of four sections: The Mass, Fat Head, Night Vibes, and Desert Storm. All of the sound events were initiated by Trevor's gestures on MIDI-equipped vibraphone, tam-tam, bass drum and two Octopad MIDI drum controllers, before being digitally processed by John Oliver through Daniel Scheidt's Norm software and C-LAB's Notator software (precursor to Logic) for ATARI computers controlling the Yamaha sound modules TG77, and two TX802s. All electronic sounds designed by John Oliver. A special feature of the last track, Desert Storm, is the ending: we were recording to 24 track tape, and the tape ran out!


released September 11, 2021

Trevor Tureski: vibraphone and percussion
John Oliver: electronics

All music composed and performed by Trevor Tureski and John Oliver

Executive Recording Engineer: Kevin Elliot
Recored at the Luscar Studio of the Banff Centre for the Arts on August 6, 1991.
Mastering: John Oliver

© 2021 Trevor Tureski and John Oliver (SOCAN).
℗ 2021 John Oliver (SOCAN). All rights reserved.


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John Oliver Vancouver, British Columbia

composer, guitarist and electronic musician. The music here is mostly electronic, soundscape music projects, ranging from more classic musique concrète to granular synthesis and dark ambient. My instrumental and vocal music appears on several other labels and compilations. ... more

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