Henderson, Mike/Chuck Oken, Jr. - Dream Theory in the IE
Half of the classic lineup of Djam Karet have put together a really nice, gently spacey album that recalls the aspects of the band most notably evident on Suspension and Displacement and Recollection Harvest; an very acoustic sound that also filled with electronics! This was recorded live, without overdubs and is hugely filled with music for just two people. These guys have been making music together since High School and their years and years together shows very well here.
"Mike Henderson & Chuck Oken, Jr have been playing music together for well over 30 years in Southern California, in the town of Claremont, on the outskirts of Los Angeles, in a land that comes before Coachella, Joshua Tree, and the Salton Sea. This is the opposite of Topanga, as this is Inside Land where the maps of the soul are drawn in the suburbs, malls, and bedrooms of our lives. This geographic region is The IE -- The Inland Empire. Henderson/Oken are two of the original members of the 25 year-old instrumental progressive rock group Djam Karet which has released 15 albums in their ongoing career... Six hours worth of music was recorded, listened to, and lived with over time, and drawn down to this 65+ minute disc. Some effects (reverb, delay, and EQ) were added in the mastering process, but no overdubs or edits of any kind were used. This CD plays and sounds as it was experienced at the moment.
On Dream Theory In the IE they play the following: Mike Henderson: 12 String Acoustic/Electric Guitar, 6 String Lap Steel Guitar, Analog & Digital Keyboards, Effects & Loops Chuck Oken, Jr.: Synthesized Electric/Acoustic Guitars, Keyboards & Sequencing, Digital Drums/Percussion, Effects, Loops, Live Sampling & Treatments