Whispers and waves, erewhon electronica, hypnagogic ecologies, ferric hiss, golden moldies.
RICHARD (R.I.P.) HAYMAN (b.1951) studied at Columbia University and with John Cage, Ravi Shankar, Chou Wen-chung, Petr Kotik and Philip Corner. He was a founding editor, alongside Beth Anderson and Laurie Spiegel, of the New York edition of Ear magazine (1975-1991), curator of Tellus #19 New Music China (1988), and a collaborator in New Wilderness Foundation and The Land (a parcel in upstate New York to which the likes of Cage, John Lennon and David Tudor escaped). Since 1977, he has run New York's oldest bar, the Ear Inn at 326 Spring Street which hosted early performances by Arthur Russell, Peter Zummo and Queen Latifah. He is also a licensed merchant marine captain.
A composer and performer, Hayman organised Dreamsound events for sleeping audiences. His albums include Hearsayseeing (1980), Dreamsound (1987) and On The Way... Music for the Near-Death Experience (Deep Listening, 1995). In April 2019, the Recital label issued Dreams of India and China, an extraordinary floating world of archival field recordings and elusive tape releases produced by Hayman and longtime collaborator Charlie Morrow.