In 1968, electronic music pioneer Mort Garson teamed up with Jacques Wilson to create a very unique concept album, one that poked fun at the hippie movement and social climate of the time. The product was The Wozard of Iz: An Electronic Odyssey, an album that can only be described as an experimental audio play.
It tells the story of Dorothy, a teenage girl running away from her life in suburbia to find herself and ‘where it’s at’. Along the way she meets the Scared Crow, a family man whose self-worth is tied to his material possessions, the In-Man, who is a stoic number calculating machine that cannot feel, and the Lyin’ Coward, a politician of many words but who only sends others to carry out his bidding. Their journey is told through the eyes of a charismatic but crazed narrator.
The Wozard of Iz has largely been forgotten but in a few niche vinyl collecting circles, but still holds a spark of magic when listened to this day.
This project was about giving these colourful audio creations a visual form.
May 1, 2017