01 The Acid Lands (24:45)
Opening Performance Orchestra - concept, electronics Iggy Pop - voice William S. Burroughs - voice Bill Laswell - bass Martina Potucková - theremin Alfred Sabela - Moog, tone generators
02 The Acid Lands (ambient mix-translation) (17:09)
Bill Laswell - bass, mix-translation
03 Naming The Seven Souls (mix-translation) (4:34)
created by Bill Laswell, William S. Burroughs - voice
The Acid Lands, created by the Prague-based Opening Performance Orchestra, was first heard in public in 2014 at the Movement-Sound-Space festival in Ostrava, to mark the centenary of William S. Burroughs's birth. The piece was performed live by Opening Performance Orchestra and their guests, the theremin player Martina Potucková, and the poet, musician, and performer Pavel Z as the narrator. The studio version of The Acid Lands was made in late 2019/early 2020 in collaboration with Bill Laswell and Iggy Pop, who undertook the role of the narrator. The piece, which pays tribute to William S. Burroughs, features fragments from the novels The Western Lands (1987) and Junkie (1953). In addition to the title composition, The Acid Lands, the record contains Bill Laswell's instrumental remix, as well as the collective piece "Naming Seven Souls", featuring samples of William S. Burroughs reading his own work.