1) The Dreamsville Poetry Experiment
"The Dreamsville Poetry Experiment" is a spoken word piece that was the combined work of Nelson, who provided the music, and 69 members of the Dreamsville community who each provided a single line of prose. The idea to "create a surrealist 'found' poem" was proposed by Nelson himself on April 2nd, 2007. "I may try to create a spoken word/instrumental piece with the resultant text being spoken over it". "We each provide one line of a poem without reference to anyone else's line...but at a given signal as it were so that every line is posted at the same time in chronological order to be read as a continuous piece". A 2 hour time slot was pre-arranged on April 22nd, 2007, in which Jon Wallinger assembled the lines in the order in which they were received.
Work on the music commenced in September 2007, with the intention of recording two versions – one with the lyrics as originally transcribed by Jon Wallinger, and a second version with the lyrics re-sequenced by Nelson to achieve a more cohesive result. In the end, Nelson abandoned the second version, being satisfied enough with the original lyrical order and his accompanying backing track to premier the work at that year's Nelsonica on October 27th, 2007. "The Dreamsville Poetry Experiment" was later made available as a free download via the Dreamsville website.
Available as a free digital download on this page, or in the Free Downloads section.
"The idea is to have fun with this but not to spoil it by writing anything purile or stupid...try to say something beautiful, atmospheric, surreal, amazing or mysterious."
"Play it straight, don't be ashamed to apply your intelligence or imagination, don't fall into the pub-bore trap of
gutter-level humour. Bring something beautiful and strange to the project rather than something predictable or base. Respect your own ability to dream and have the courage to share it with others."