The only album I know of that uses Tourettes syndrome to compose music,involuntarily, or automatically as the title suggests.
Ashley used his own involuntary speech that results from his mild form of Tourette's Syndrome as one of the voices in the music. Ashley was rightly intrigued by his involuntary speech, and the idea of composing music that was unconscious;the unconscious verses the Conscious.It took five years apparently to get enough speech that he felt was truly involuntary,but with enough control so as to make the piece coherent.Satisfied that the recorded speech was unconscious enough ,this was then translated into French and performed alongside the recorded voice of Ashley.
In the background there seems to be the muffled music of a party in another room,which kind of suggests how Tourettes can put the sufferer outside of society.Not so much outsider music, but music about outsiders.
The two Bonus tracks are worth the price of admission alone.Taken from a couple of compilations that Ashley donated work to."Purposeful Lady Slow Afternoon" describes ambiguously consensual oral sex with the thousand-yard stare delivery of a trauma survivor. Which is...dare i say...a bit Rude!
1.Automatic Writing (46:01)
2.Purposeful Lady Slow Afternoon (10:15)
3.She Was a Visitor (5:56)
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