David Woodard

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David Woodard
David Woodard
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David James Woodard

(1964-04-06) April 6, 1964 (age 60)
  • United States
  • Canada
Alma mater
  • Conductor
  • composer
  • writer
Sonja Vectomov (m. 2014)
Musical career

David James Woodard (/ˈwʊdɑːrd/ (audio speaker iconlisten); born April 6, 1964 in Santa Barbara, California) is an American postmodern writer and conductor,[1][2] and a descendant of prominent colonial families.[3]: 250  He invented the concept and portmanteau word prequiem, which designates a musical composition to be rendered as its beneficiary lay dying.[1][4][5]

Woodard invented a fictional psychoactive machine called the Feraliminal Lycanthropizer.[6] At the end of the 20th century he fabricated replicas of an actual psychoactive device called the Dreamachine.[7][8][9][10]: 142–146 

Woodard is also known for his work with Nueva Germania, a settlement in Paraguay.[2] His German book of correspondence Five Years, coauthored by Swiss novelist Christian Kracht, describes some of the humanitarian work performed there.[11]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Carpenter, S., "In Concert at a Killer's Death", Los Angeles Times, May 9, 2001.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Epstein, J., "Rebuilding a Home in the Jungle", San Francisco Chronicle, March 13, 2005.
  3. Finnell, A. L., The Order of Americans of Armorial Ancestry: Lineage of Members (Baltimore: Clearfield, 1997), p. 250.
  4. Woodard, "Musica lætitiæ comes medicina dolorum", Der Freund, Nr. 7, March 2006, pp. 34–41.
  5. Rapping, A., David Woodard (Seattle: Getty Images, 2001).
  6. Woodard, D., "Feraliminal Lycanthropizer" (San Francisco: Plecid Foundation, 1990).
  7. Allen, M., "Décor by Timothy Leary", The New York Times, January 20, 2005. Archived from the original on April 22, 2015.
  8. Stirt, J. A., "Brion Gysin's Dreamachine—still legal, but not for long", bookofjoe, January 28, 2005.
  9. Bolles, D., "Dream Weaver", LA Weekly, July 26–August 1, 1996.
  10. Chandarlapaty, R., "Woodard and Renewed Intellectual Possibilities", in Seeing the Beat Generation (Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, 2019), pp. 142–146.
  11. Kracht, C., & Woodard, Five Years (Hanover: Wehrhahn Verlag, 2011).

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