#Trending in the World of Mike: Laurie Spiegel – The Expanding Universe

Unseen Worlds has this album for sale on their Bandcamp in a deluxe 3xLP edition but I’m a little cuckoo, I went to Discogs & bought the older reissue on a “more focused” 1xLP – on transparent vinyl to boot! I didn’t save any money. I spent time a couple months ago trying to write up the sequel to this album which is the label’s namesake. I couldn’t figure out the words. Well, I like this LP. This is “intellectual” music… I think I want to be accepted by the intellectual crowd. Why? Well, I’m a “smart” guy, that’s a big part of my identity, & I value “smart” b/c it reflects me. But why do I want the acceptance of others? Humans are a social species you know! Let’s see you endure a few years of isolation. I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry – I wanted my reviews to be more autobiographical but this is turning into my own therapy session… [Note to Self: don’t say you’re sorry.]

I LOVE the first track, “Patchwork”, & the more ambient compositions, like the epic title track that spans Side B, seem to presage the sounds that became possible on the other Laurie Spiegel solo work which Unseen Worlds reissued. Laurie Spiegel wrote her own music software in the C programming langauge. I wonder if she read the same tutorial by Brian Kernighan that I did… probably so! Hey, well, I can program & do creative stuff, just not music; I draw, or I mean I used to draw, & some say I can write… am I a kindred spirit of Laurie Spiegel? Maybe that all depends on whether I’m “intellectual” or not… I have recorded a song, & it was called “I Killed God With My Big Dick”. A year later a professor told the writer of that song he could probably earn a PhD in computer science if he focused.

This music is where left-brain & right-brain collide. Is that accepted science anymore? All that’s left is the whole brain, the ur-brain, & it’s ready to zap some sophistication into ya. Among my LPs of modern classical & everything adjacent, this one is treasured. “Where do I get it, Mike?” Scope it for yourself at the link that begins this post. The answer to your problem was right in front of you all along. You just didn’t see it…

One thought on “#Trending in the World of Mike: Laurie Spiegel – The Expanding Universe

  1. Since I learned about it I’ve always been fascinated by this album but I must confess I’ve also felt intimidated by its sprawling 157 minutes. After reading this post I added it to my library and now I’m really curious to see what happens next.


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