I hold Frank Herbert's "Dune" right up there as one of my favorite books of all time. It's psychedelic, philosophical, ecological and succeeds in crafting a universe of intrigue unparalleled by almost any other single volume of science fiction.
So when I read that a French electronic artist's 1979 "Dune" concept album was set for re-release -- no doubt to capitalize on the success of the documentary "Jodorowsky's Dune" -- I knew I had to hear it.
The album is the work of Bernard Szajner, known in some circles as "the French Brian Eno." While Szajner's discography is fairly miniscule compared to Eno's, the two artists certainly share a passion for electronic experimentation and nonexistent film scores. For "Visions of Dune" is a score without a movie, a futuristic soundscape for the "Dune" playing in every reader's head. Always futuristic and spacey, the album moves from jazzy, prog-rock freakouts to brooding syth loops. Like the book itself, "Visions of Dune" takes the listener to another world.