Ex-Ponytail member/solo performer Dustin Wong is going all Samuel Taylor Coleridge on us — in that he’s asking fans to upload their dreams to his SoundCloud page to serve as fodder for new songs.
In celebration of the upcoming release of Wong’s most recent solo effort, Dreams Say, View, Create, Shadow Leads, the musician is launching the “Say Your Dream, Create a Sound” project.
All you have to do is head over to Wong’s SoundCloud page and send him a message or share a track describing your dream. Wong will then create a piece of music inspired by each of the dreams and post selections starting Monday, February 20 — the week his album comes out.
Wong is extremely into dreams of late — writing down snatches of reveries and nightmares alike via the notepad app on his phone upon waking. In fact, the idea for his new album came from a dream he had after playing a show with DC band Hume. After the show, Wong was stayed with the lead singer, Britton Powell, who was dogsitting that evening. The dog was a beautiful black and white beast.
“Later on I noticed that it totally symbolized this Ying and Yang and light and shadow theme,” Wongs says. “But in the dream itself, Britton the singer — he’s a very nice guy and a very good friend of mine — but in the dream he was extremely mean to me. He was taking me by the collar and dragging me from room to room for something I did. In the dream I hit him in the face and that triggered him to do these violent things to me like by the twofold. And I wake up and I’m like, ‘What was that about?’ I definitely figured out that it wasn’t him in the dream, obviously, it was me doing it to myself.”
Wong, a fan of psychiatrist Carl Jung, was inspired by the dream and the way dreams in general work — in that they’re fragmented and nonsensical, but highlight and bring to light the most mundane of occurrences, giving them meaning and levity. After finding the title of the album in a collection of words from The Book of Hermes, the disc came to fruition.
So far, Wong has received two submissions to his Dream project — however they were both written submissions, rather than spoken. He hopes more people will send in recorded narratives.
“Having this music accompanying [the spoken dream], I thought it could be this film without any images,” he says. “Like the people listening it could hear the narrator, hear the music, they can imagine. They can expand their imagination by reflecting on this dream of other people. It can almost trigger their own dreams or trigger this new meaning.”
Get inspired by watching the video above, for “Diagonally Talking Echoes” off of Wong’s new album.
By Brenna Ehrlich