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Brock Van WeyWhite Clouds Drift On And On

Label:echospace [detroit] – AIR1
2 x CD, Album
Style:Dub Techno, Ambient


1-1Too Little Too Late11:12
1-2I Knew Happiness Once16:17
1-3Forever A Stranger12:30
1-4A Gentle Hand To Hold14:56
1-5A Chance To Start Over15:32
1-6White Clouds Drift On And On7:12
Intrusion Interpretation
2-1White Clouds Drift On And On (Intrusion Shape I)24:15
2-2A Chance To Start Over (Intrusion Shape II)11:18
2-3A Gentle Hand To Hold (Intrusion Shape III)17:12
2-4Forever A Stranger (Intrusion Shape IV)11:08
2-5I Knew Happiness Once (Intrusion Shape V)9:20
2-6Too Little Too Late (Intrusion Shape VI)6:23

Companies, etc.


  • Liner NotesWang Wei*
  • Mastered By, EngineerSteven Hitchell*
  • Producer [Additional], Recorded By [Field Recording], Synthesizer, Grand Piano, Congas [Conga Performance], Technician [Tape Manipulation]Steven Hitchell* (tracks: 2-1 to 2-6)
  • RemixIntrusion (tracks: 2-1 to 2-6)
  • Written-By, ProducerBrock Van Wey



The 2011 repress White Clouds Drift On And On looks very similar, but has a different font on barcode, and different CD matrixes.

Written and produced at Quietus, San Francisco, California.
Mastered and engineered at Echospace, USA.
Distributed by | |
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Quote by Wang Wei (701-761), printed behind first CD tray:

"Dismounting, I offer you wine.
And you ask, "Where are you bound?"
You say, "I've found no fame or favors;
I must return to rest in the South Mountain."
You leave, and I ask no more -
White clouds drift on and on.

"Too Little Too Late" samples the song "Locked Out" from The Pursuit Of Happyness soundtrack, scored by Andrea Guerra.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 8 45121 00752 7
  • Barcode (Reader): 845121007527
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): ND-33908 03 5/27/09
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): ND-33928 01 5/22/09
  • Mastering SID Code (CD1 & CD2): IFPI L794
  • Mould SID Code (CD1): IFPI 2D40
  • Mould SID Code (CD2): none

Other Versions (5 of 8)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
White Clouds Drift On And On (12×File, MP3, Album, 320 kbps)echospace [detroit]ECHOSPACEDETROITAIR1US2009
New Submission
White Clouds Drift On And On (12×File, FLAC, Album)echospace [detroit]ECHOSPACE DETROITAIR12009
Recently Edited
White Clouds Drift On And On (2×CD, Album, Reissue)echospace [detroit]AIR1US2011
Recently Edited
White Clouds Drift On And On (4×LP, Album, Remastered, White, Semi-Transparent)echospace [detroit]AIRLP1US2012
New Submission
White Clouds Drift On And On (12×File, FLAC, Album, Remastered)echospace [detroit]ECHOSPACEDETROITAIR1US2013


Mark_Anthony's avatar
My love on this release is the "I Knew Happiness Once (Intrusion Shape V)". I remember playing this on repeat every night around bed time so I could knock out to it. This went on for months in a row. Its interesting to read about how different everyone's experience is with this release. Thank you echospace for a wonderful contribution to planet earth.
longking's avatar
best his release, just appreciated echospace to remaster it or any other label
stoneweather's avatar
i feel like the only one here who didn't care for the Intrusion interpretations at all, and don't get me wrong, i like a lot of Intrusion's own stuff, but here i just felt he took away too much of what made the originals so celestial.
scoundrel's avatar
Brock Van Wey has made a name for himself with his emotive dub techno tracks as Bvdub, but here, with WHITE CLOUDS DRIFT ON AND ON, he embraces the ambient side of himself. "Too Little Too Late" seems to float effortlessly,buoyed by a pianos, woodwinds and filtered vocal samples. "I Knew Happiness Once" takes a more electronic route, though the chanting takes a much more prominent role, whereas the static that starts off "Forever A Stranger" disappears into angelic tones, resting for a moment to pick up some melancholy strings. "A Gentle Hand To Hold" has some refracted guitar for a more positive mood and an Vietnamese vocal sample to punctuate the warm haze. "A Chance To Start Over" keeps that mood alive, and the title track envelops the listener in a thick layers of sound. When Intrusion gets his hands on the album, however, he presents them in reverse order, giving the "White Clouds Drift On And On" a low throb and "A Chance To Start Over" a minimal downtempo feel. "A Gentle Hand To Hold" stays mellow but has a touch of brightness with high, twinkling tones and bongos. The dub effects permeate "Forever A Stranger," and the piano of "Too Little Too Late" is given new life. An excellent album for sky-gazing.
browna's avatar
I have to agree with the comment made by Ksumer. I only bought this 2 x CD for the Intrusion disc.
I find the other disc by BVW deadly dull and totally uninteresting.....pedestrian at best!
That's only my opinion though and I'm not gonna negate BVW as an artist, he's just not my thing!
8tro's avatar
Edited 9 years ago
Absolutely brilliant ! Feels like i'm at an airport near the runway watching the planes prepare for take off while visualizing morphing transparencies and neon colors in our atmosphere. Anyone remember the 'LSD' exp. ???
(You are always there once you awaken). "White Clouds Drift On And On [Intrusion Shape I]" is proof that this entire album will surround you in endless BEAUTY ! This album is beyond the heavens :-)
aortomus's avatar
Edited 10 years ago
More copies of this were re-released in 2011. Considering the price this has been fetching lately, that is some interesting news.

See the comment below for the story behind this release...

The newer version has a glossy stock bi-fold cover. The original version has a textured bi-fold cover.
lieuwe's avatar
Edited 10 years ago
If I have to listen to one song for the rest of my live, 24 hours a day, I'll pick "White Clouds Drift On And On [Intrusion Shape I]".Wat a number.
I can listen to this one, over and over again. Thank you Steven, for the mixing.
This one sucks you right in to the deepest ocean, makes you vanish into thin air and reappear as a fluffy cloud way up there in the deep blue sky, the third track tears out your heart out and leaves it dangling forever in deep space. The sounds make you time travel to all the beautiful places on this earth, chill you in the Mariantrog amongst the dolphins and shine amongst the brightest stars in space. Qua sound up there with GAS and Basinski, with Andrew Chalk and Deepchord Presents Echospace. Not only a true musician, someone who makes such sheer beauty you wish it would be a lifelong soulmate. Stephen Hitchel made it happen. Brock Van Wey made the music. It is out there for all who want to listen. Suffice to say you need this. It is like you need air to breath.
idioteque's avatar
Edited 12 years ago
Simply Stunning. A must have album. The intrusion mixes complete the works perfectly although they are a touch away from that which you would expect from Hitchell. I would say a slight break away from his basic channel inspired echospace sound and more of a very worthy re-interpretation of Brocks awesome work. Saying this, the twenty four minute intrusion shape I remix of White Clouds Drift On And On is sure to satisfy those of us who crave that deep intrusion touch. If you're into Brocks sound or anything along the intrusion lines add this to your collection now. A marvelous album when the set or setting dictates something profound.