Here’s where you’ll find true stories of modern-day musical innovators, making music in ways impossible until “just now” (with new technology) – delivering fascination, excitement, passion and intrigue, to make life more full of sensory delight and meaning – for those with open minds, ears, and hearts.
And coming in 2016, a new online home and community hub for adventurous listeners and artists.
This site is in loving memory of Elana, 1962-2013. She did superb journalism and interviews in this field at her own expense, before the Internet was a household word. She hoped to put her work online, but wasn’t able to do so before cancer ended her life.
Elana (on the left of the banner picture) and Christopher (that’s me on the right) shared love and life for a decade, most of that with my being her caregiver for her war with cancer, as it spread and ultimately caused her shockingly sudden death in late 2013.
In better days, a friend noticed a rainbow behind us as we visited an air show.
To learn more of the personal story behind this site – with one founder who didn’t get to live to see it, the other founder honoring her memory and legacy – you can continue in depth here.
For an overview of this special music, click here.
My vision for the future of Dream Circle has three parts.
1) A nonprofit arts history organization to preserve journalism, interviews, reviews, contemporary records such as artists’ journals, business documents, original recordings, and equipment of historical significance – for current and future generations of historians, musicologists, and thought leaders investigating the social meanings of these new ways art, technology and commerce mingled in unprecedented ways.
The goal here is to have as much material as possible available online for free, and a curated archive that researchers can visit. [ More information on the nonprofit vision will be linked here.]
2) A new information publishing resource that carries the torch of Elana’s work into the future, with brand new interviews, reviews, journalism, context-providing essays, and discussions – of both historically significant work from the past – and form today’s leading edge of high-tech musical creativity that’s outside of the mainstream hype machine.
Several of the innovative musical artists have an affinity for music therapy, or for a humanistic philosophy or personal spirituality deliberately conveyed through their music. I would like to have an area to delve deeper into these topics for those interested, to provide a gracious and open-minded exploration that goes beyond the typical layer of artistic intentions.
My extension of Elana’s work will differ from hers by adding some crucial ingredients that were not available to her:
- Using the Internet for online, web and mobile access to the information and community.
- Providing multiple media such as video documentaries and conference calls, or whatever formats best serve the community.
- A sustainable business model whose pricing allows these offers to continue without the personal financial burnout that led Elana to have to shut down her pre-Internet version.
- If there is interest, in-person conferences and gatherings of like-minded enthusiastic aficionados.
[ I’ll have a link to more about the information service vision here. ]
3) A new creative business that helps great musical work to come into being and to connect with its best audience.
It’s no secret that the music business is in a highly chaotic time of transition into a very uncertain digital future. Music is still a tremendous benefit and blessing in the lives of countless people. To do their best work, musicians need financial stability and a way to be discovered. To find this best work, fans need well informed, trustworthy guidance based on a valid, distinctive musical perspective and philosophy.
The institutions that were supposed to help ensure all these things occur – copyright, publishing, production, artist development, publicity, distribution – have all been fundamentally broken for years.
I desire to host an important node in the dialog of, Where do we go from here, and ultimately to provide a unique and substantially beneficial fresh take on how artists and audiences can be well served by a next-generation specialty music business with integrity for everyone involved.
How you can participate
1 Enjoy the historic interviews and the other archives, reviews, essays and encyclopedia entries you’ll find in the menu bar just below the header image.
2 Look into the history and vision articles for this venture.
3 Send a word of encouragement, and any specific tips, ideas or questions you have to share, by contacting me.
4 If you have any leads or insights about what’s on the current wishlist, please share them!
Elana wrote this as what turned out to be the last post on her earlier blog, describing her original vision for this site:
Back in the mid 80s to the mid-80s I (Elana) used to be involved in the then-obscure electronic music scene. The superstars of that era were artists and bands such as Tangerine Dream, Jean-Michel Jarre, Klaus Schultz and Vangelis. Other shining stars such as the late Mike Garrison, Mark Shreeve, Steve Roach and Michael Stearns ruled the scene, yet now seem to almost forgotten compared to the golden era of electronic music.
Since this era began back in the 70s before the Internet some fans responded by becoming amateur journalists, chronicling the scene as it unfolded. In the USA, Jim Finch began the International Electronic Music Association in the late 70s producing many issues of his SYNE magazine. Over in the Netherlands, KLEM magazine was published regularly in the local language, yet succeeded somehow in spreading news of the scene all over the planet.
Other amateur magazines came and went, such as the “Contact List of Electronic Music” in Canada, WAVES in Germany, Space Rider in England, Synthesis as published by Jason Marcewitz in Philadelphia. Last but not least, from around 1988 to around 1996 DREAMS WORD was created by a motley group of friends known as Electronic Dreams in Portland, Oregon.
The publisher of DREAMS WORD is the same person who now is in charge of DreamCircle.com. My goal with DreamcCircle is and always has been to capture this lost history of electronic music. I plan to scan my own work and the work of other English-speaking amateur magazines mentioned above into PDF and archiving them on this site.
In doing this, I have to deal with the fact that I am in a race between my ambitions for this site and the fact that I have late-stage breast cancer that has spread to the liver. Chemo causes me to sleep up to 18 hours per day and I am sick the rest of the time.
Still this pile of amateur magazines sit in a box in my room every day, as if silently pleading to be put on the internet so that this era is not forgotten. I hope to answer the call before I am completely, utterly, physically unable to do so – or they find a cure for my especially-stubborn form of carcinoma.
I plan to begin by archiving my own works and putting them on Dream Circle. Next I plan to scan Jim Finch’s impressive amount of work on SYNE magazine (which dwarfs my own by a large margin) and adding it to the archive. (Thanks for the permission, Jim!) Then in drips and drabs as permission comes in, I will scan and archive the miscellaneous pile of English-speaking zines that came and went over the years back then.
Can it happen? Let’s hope! It helps that I spent several years working in graphics and I have an expertise in both Photoshop and Acrobat. I can make these old, tattered amateur magazines shine. I plan to make each page easily printable on your home printer so that you can reproduce these old works.
That is the hope. That is the dream. I hope to somehow again gather the circle of friends I had back then and together we can make this dream happen. Hence the name “Dream Circle”.
Expect that this effort will come with frustrating long waits at times as I deal with the latest damn-thing that my cancer serves up to me. All I want is to be able to accomplish this effort before I must go to the next world. Stay tuned for what happens next. You’ll find out when I do via my upcoming blog.
Welcome to this dream.
Twenty-four days after she wrote that, she died.
My goal is to complete what she envisioned.
Thank you for reading, and I hope to hear from you.