The A​.​D​.​G. Project

by Walter Ehresman



I was a regular participant in the Burning Man festival, held in the Black Rock Desert 127 miles northeast of Reno, Nevada, from 1999-2007. I often wrote and recorded original music for use in my own art projects and events out on the playa. But sometimes I would also donate such music to other Burning Man artists who were seeking specialized original music for their projects. This album is a compilation of the three recordings I wrote and donated to the Ambient Dream Garden art installation in 2007.

The project consisted of a house built out in the deep playa, where people walking inside would trigger various optical sensors that in turn triggered playback of many recordings people had made for the artists, narrating their dreams and nightmares. The artists wanted some dark ambient music that would play in the background on a loop, and they ended up using the recordings I made for them.

All three songs were recorded in real time, with real-time effects processing. There are no overdubs on this album. These were experiments for me in spontaneous composition, and I really enjoyed the process. I used oddball world music instruments for each song, as detailed in the page here for each song.


released May 15, 2007

Performed and produced by Walter Ehresman at Snipe Bog Studios, Austin, Texas.

Mastered by Kurtis Machler at Million Dollar Sound, Austin.

p. 2007 Walter Ehresman. All rights reserved. Snipe Bog Records



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Called "the quintessential Austin DIY artist" by famed local disc jockey Charlie Martin , Walter Ehresman was an eccentric presence in the Austin music scene from the '80s until his 2015 move to Mexico. A prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and recording artist...and a restless musical spirit, always looking for something new, expressed with fearlessly honest lyric-writing. ... more

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Track Name: Goodbye, Pluto
Goodbye, Pluto
(© 2007 Walter Ehresman)
Track Name: Trench Sitar
Trench Sitar
(© 2007 Walter Ehresman)
Track Name: My Oud Is Unspooling
My Oud is Unspooling
(© 2007 Walter Ehresman)