My Country of Illusion is a project of Barnmaster Scud and Doctor Tiki.
The two have collaborated for over ten years playing experimental
psychedelic "jambient" sounds at various strange and obscure locations in
New Mexico and galaxies far, far away. My Country of Illusion's name
derives from Disney's Mexican release of Alice in Wonderland, "Alicia
en el pais de ilusion." The name reflects the illusory nature of
reality experienced by the artists, and also is a commentary on the
dream world in which the sounds and samples from their music emanate.
The music of My Country of Illusion is based on guitar improvisation
but is deconstructed and reconstructed through an intuitive process of
sampling and sequencing. Many of the cuts on American Dream Life are
live recordings, while others are looped and reassembled dispatches
from the harmonic underworld and Goodwill record bins. Voices and
thoughts stream in and out of the music as if one were floating through
an electronic bardo, drifting through the grid like phantasms. This is
the afterlife of the American Dream, the world of the pop undead, mixed
jambient soundbites from the collective sonic mind.
The curious path that has brought L?pez to the current sonic offerings
can be traced back to his days early in the 1980s during LA's punk
underground. In high school he co-founded the LA punk fanzine, Ink
Disease, and continued to write about music for national magazines.
L?pez is a self-trained musician who's floated in the alternative music
scene for over 20 years. While in college L?pez fronted a post-punk
group, Beef Church, which gigged around the Bay Area until they
disbanded in 1989. For over ten years L?pez focused on a career in
journalism and media, but continued to play and record music,
collaborating under the name El Tiki. In addition to playing music, he
currently works with digital video and teaches media literacy and video
production to Native American high schoolers. He also makes films.
Official selections in the Free Radio HDTS; High Desert Test Sites 4 at
High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA; and Strange Animals at
L.A.C.E., Los Angeles, CA. 2004:
?AM Clock Radio Jam?
Scud has been an experimental musician for more than 20 years living
first in San Francisco then in New Mexico. He has also contributed
Scudtoon drawings and cover art for the xines BraveEar & Bananafish, as
well as the album covers for Vomit Launch.
The Whitefronts - Roast Belief 1985 Bogden Records
The Whitefronts - Burl Slab 1986 Bogden Records
The Whitefronts - Mamo WaVes 1987 Bogden/Pitch a Tent
Emerson Lake and Cheesedoodle 1987 Bananafish/Tedium House
(w/Seymour Glass, Barbara Manning & Greg Freeman)
Freight Brain - Act Natural 1991 Dr I
Lords of Howling - Seeing the Elephant 1997 Discobolus
Dang Head - Nounsville 1999 Discobolus
Art of Flying - Galdlit (fossil fish) 2001 Cochon Records
PREVIOUS GROUP RELEASES:
? Azadi!: Benefit for the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan
Compilation, Fire Museum Records ?Gobi Dust Storm? 2003
? High Mayhem Festival 2003
Compilation, High Mayhem Records "Untitled" 2003
MY SONIC MEMORIES
My Country of Illusion website