Dion McGregor: Sominiloquist

Dion McGregor, pictured above, was a noted sominiloquist whose off-the-wall, impeccably precise dream narrations were released on three albums (one in 1964, two posthumously in the 90s/00s).  There seems to be some debate as to whether or not the material released on the albums was actually recorded while McGregor was dreaming or if it was some sort of bizarre attempt to gain recognition (McGregor was, after all, a stuggling and frustrated songwriter).

The first album, released on Decca Records, which apparently was really rolling the dice on new talent in 1964, is far tamer (and to my ears faker sounding) than the two later albums culled from the same archives as the first.  The later albums are chock full of profanity, deviance, and shrieks, while the diction on the first album seems almost impossibly measured for someone who was sleeping at the time.  But, if they are fake, they must’ve required a huge amount of effort and some serious trickery to get them released.

Either way, it’s some interesting listening.  All three albums are available here, and here is a sample of one of the shorter ones to give you an idea of how weird this shit is.

Also, if you’re in the mood for something a little less terrifying and insane, I’ve been enjoying this Coma Cinema stuff recently, especially these two songs.


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