The Vardaman Ensemble - Is Land (SDM​-​043)

by The Vardaman Ensemble

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From the documentary Badvugum: Everything’s Imagined Here (directed by Martin Denny [2028; Cambridge MA: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Documentary Lab], DVD):

Lahrir, as well as the other islands of Badvugum, was discovered in 2023 by scientists at both MIT and ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) working together on the existence of alternate realities via quantum mechanical algorithms. What they discovered is that through the act of imagining an alternate reality, society had created a very real place consisting of various islands that harden and disintegrate based on the amount of energy expelled to imagine them. Badvugum is an actual place of pure imagination. However, because our imaginations are colored by what we actually know, places like Lahrir are made up of the culture, science, geography, etc. of Earth and its inhabitants. [The inhabitants of Lahrir] have told us of their history, of the everyday actions on the island, of the quality of its atmosphere and geography, of the flora and fauna, and of the dreams and nightmares of the population. In most ways, Lahrir is simply a mirror image of our own world, albeit an image that is refracted and then viewed with all of the images of our world mixed up and recombined without our individual prisms of both conscience and consciousness.


released March 2, 2018

Eric: Drums, Percussion
Melissa: Teacher
Shampton: Sax
Zen: French Horn
HL: All Other Sounds

Eric, Shampton, and HL played stuff and sang at least once. Special thanks to Zen for french horn throughout and to Melissa for portraying the teacher.

Is Land was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Port Manteau in Portland, OR, throughout 2017 by The Vardaman Ensemble.

Covers and coloring page manipulation by HL.
Cassette release layout and design by Nicholas L. Swartz
℗ 2018 SDM Records of SDMPDX, llc Portland, OR
Produced by The Vardaman Ensemble in Portland, OR 2017


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