Hallucination Engine

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Hallucination Engine
Hallucination Engine.jpg
Studio album by Material
Released 1994
Recorded Greenpoint Studio, Brooklyn, Platinum Island, Krypton Studio, NY, Media Arts, Madras, India
Genre jazz, dub, Indian
Label Axiom / Island, 314-518 351-2
Producer Bill Laswell
Material chronology
Live in Japan
Hallucination Engine
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

Hallucination Engine is a 1994 album by the New York based music group Material. The album mixes jazz, dub, funk and Indian music.

"Mantra" was issued as a 12" and CD single in 1993 (Axiom / Island, AXMCD1) featuring a 17 minute "Praying Mantra Mix" by The Orb, the album's "Doors of Perception Mix", and a 5 minute edit.

A Tetsu Inoue mix of "Ruins" was included on the Axiom Ambient: Lost in the Translation album.

"Eternal Drift" was issued as a 12" single in 1994 (Axiom / Island, PR12 6901-1) featuring the album version with re-mixes "Tribal Remix" by Kupper and Hacker, "Construct Over Destiny Mix" by Bill Laswell and "Eternal Thaemlitz Curse Mix" by Terre Thaemlitz. The last two mixes were included on the Axiom Ambient: Lost in the Translation album.

William S. Burroughs reading of "Words of Advice for Young People" had appeared on his 1993 album Spare Ass Annie and other Tales (The Operator's Manual).

"Cucumber Slumber" is a cover of the Weather Report track from the 1974 album Mysterious Traveller.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Black Light" (Bill Laswell, Wayne Shorter) – 7:33
  2. "Mantra" [Doors of Perception Mix] (Laswell, L. Shankar, Caroline) – 8:44
  3. "Ruins" [Submutation Dub] (Laswell) – 8:54
  4. "Eternal Drift" (Laswell, Nicky Skopelitis) – 7:35
  5. "Words of Advice" (Laswell, William S. Burroughs) – 3:58
  6. "Cucumber Slumber" [Fluxus Mix] (Joe Zawinul, Alphonso Johnson) – 7:30
  7. "The Hidden Garden" (Laswell, Simon Shaheen, Skopelitis) / "Naima" (John Coltrane) – 13:00
  8. "Shadows of Paradise" (Laswell, L. Shankar, Skopelitis) – 9:45


Additional personnel


  • Recorded at Greenpoint Studio, B.C. Studio, Platinum Island Studio and Krypton Studio (New York) and Media Arts (Madras, India)
  • Produced and arranged by Bill Laswell.
  • Engineers Robert Musso, Oz Fritz and Martin Bisi
  • Mixed by Robert Musso at Greenpoint Studio
  • Cover by James Koehnline

Release history[edit]

  • 1994 – Axiom / Island, 314-518 351-2 (CD)
  • 1994 – Axiom / BMG, 74321 18190-2 (CD)