Delia Derbyshire / Barry BermangeInventions For Radio: The Dreams

Label:Psychic Sounds – PSR012
Vinyl, LP, Album, Unofficial Release, Screenprinted sleeve




"Dreams" was made in collaboration with Barry Bermange (who originally recorded the narrations). Bermange put together The Dreams (1964), a collage of people describing their dreams, set to a background of electronic sound. Dreams is a collection of spliced/reassembled interviews with people describing their dreams, particularly recurring elements. The program of sounds and voices attempts to represent, in five movements, some sensations of dreaming: running away, falling, landscape, underwater, and colour.

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Inventions For Radio: The Dreams (LP, Album, Repress, Unofficial Release)Psychic SoundsPSR012US2016
The Dreams (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Numbered, Remastered, Unofficial Release)Fantôme PhonographiqueOME1022Europe2019
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The Dreams (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Remastered, Unofficial Release, Purple)Fantôme PhonographiqueOME1022Europe2021
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The Dreams (LP, Album, Limited Edition, Remastered, Unofficial Release, Clear)Fantôme PhonographiqueOME1022Europe2021
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Inventions For Radio: The Dreams (LP, Album, Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition, Numbered, Special Edition, Unofficial Release)Psychic SoundsPSR012USUnknown



  • letroset's avatar
    I could be wrong (tell me if I am!) but these boots all sound like they're from the same files that were doing the rounds on soulseek fifteen years ago or so. Somewhere there *must* be a better sounding version of this - is some former beeb employee sitting on some files? Perhaps somewhere there's even an anonymous looking BBC transcription LP in one of those generic black and orange sleeves that's somehow escaped being skipped - I don't know how routinely programmes were put on LP. It's possible the scuzzy old 96kbps files are the best way to hear this after all.
    • sneeds's avatar
      Happy to finally get a copy of this at a reasonable cost. I think the second pressing is sourced from original tape because I'm registering a 44.1khz. It doesn't really matter though as the original recordings are old hissy tape with a drone and some degraded tape loop of people talking over it, but I think it's funny how people geek out over original recordings that are really noisy sounding pristine. Beautiful art too!
      • Jarren's avatar
        Edited 6 years ago
        So is this taken from an analogue source or those crappy mp3s that have been floating around for years?

        Seems to be conflicting evidence below, and it looks like the mp3 theory is winning.

        I find it hard to believe that a bootleg label was able to source original Derbyshire tapes.
        • waiverskins's avatar
          So excited to finally get a copy of this! Essentially it's hissy tape cut-ups of people reciting their dreams played over a drone or distant frequency. I did do some deep research and it turns out that it was sourced from an old tape, not the low bitrate mp3s as assumed by the below reviews which is a relief! I'm thankful to whomever released this as I can now play it during my dj set and radio show.
          • TrevorYoung's avatar
            Mine has Falling as the 2nd track and Land as the 3rd. Anyone else have this?
            • humanoidboogie's avatar
              If you can live with the horrible, gut-wrenching knowledge that this LP is sourced from 256 kbps mp3 files, it's a fine, unofficial release. It comes in a nice screen printed sleeve and the sound is pretty good, all things considered.


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