Down Beat (3/95, pp.48-49) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...Oswald's work has resulted in a Deadhead's Midsummer Night's Dream, an expansive, extremely psychedelic "Dark Star" that, like a sonic time machine, seamlessly traverses various eras of the Dead's multi-decadenal career..."
Musician (2/96, p.92) - "...Oswald's most daring utilization of his 'plunderphonics' techiniques to date. Over 50 performances of the titanic live set-piece 'Dark Star,' spanning the years 1968-1993, were scrambled into a single one-hour-and-45-minute mega-version..."
New York Times (Publisher) (1/6/96, p.C16) - Included on Jon Pareles' list of the Top 10 Albums of '95 - "...an extended, time-warped psychedelic jam that is meticulously hallucinatory..."
NME (Magazine) (1/20/96, p.43) - 8 (out of 10) - "...Using the song as raw material, Oswald has built a symphony....a fitting monument to their mighty excess."
Recorded between 1968 and 1993. Includes liner notes by Rob Bowman.
GRAYFOLDED is a massively overdubbed sound collage based around the Grateful Dead's epic "Dark Star," a prime vehicle for the band's free-form improvisations. It is culled from over fifty different live performances of the song, combined and reassembled through studio-ace John Oswald's "Plunderphonics" techniques.