8TH GIFT: Father Sound, Witch Doctor MICRO

The 6th micro cassette release, limited edition 50. Two others from the collection will be posted very soon, so please keep posted. As a bonus, these transfers to 320 kbps MP3s are from their original master tapes.

This is one of my favorite solo releases from Jamie Potter and I’m glad he was up for sharing this one… 10 years later. When I listen to it I am transported back to his Seattle apartment circa 2010, looking over his collection of cheapy Yamaha FM keyboards, while trying to ignore the musty smell of thrift store oozing out of all his things. I remember he had been sick and he was telling me that this tape was entirely recorded in bed, which was around the time of the H1N1 pandemic.

VSSified Rambo 3 VHS composed in bed; victorious action scene manipulation

In attempting to decode my original description, other details emerge. He used his Yamaha VSS-30 (which played an integral role in Brother Raven’s sound of the time) and sampled VHS tapes, likely Rambo 3. I don’t know if this was entirely VSS or not, because he often used a Roland SP-303 sampler and a Boss DD-20 Giga Delay pedal at the time, if only for effects. All of this, of course, was recorded to four track.

Listening back… this is a pretty bizarre piece of music, realized via sample manipulations of a mainstream movie’s soundtrack – dialog, sfx, music and all – molded into an unusual sound world. Choppy loops and layers are spliced into alternate story-lines, as a new narrative takes shape over the excellent reuse/remix of canned melodies. Simple, and beautifully warped.

Father Sound, witch doctor
Download: GT027 56MB ZIP file, includes 320 kbps MP3s

MICRO CASSETTES… The wave of the future.
Inexpensive.  Miniature.  Mono.  Limited Frequency Response.

New GIFT TAPES coming January 12, 2010

New GIFT TAPES coming January 12, 2010.  Reserve your copies here. Also, check out the new Digitalis batch. Gift Tapes artists Million Mists & Spare Death Icon can be found on the new Air Rings: Volume 1; a 4-way double-cassette synth split! 2010 will be a good year…

Brother Raven, ITCZ, GT013 BROTHER RAVEN
ITCZ :: GT013
C30 audio cassette, edition of 100
Description: Radient jungle experience; colossal modulationZ
Music by Brother Raven
$6 USD
Father Sound/Harpoon Pole Vault, SPLIT, GT014 FATHER SOUND/HARPOON POLE VAULT
SPLIT :: GT014
C30 audio cassette, edition of 100
Description: A. Autistic cave man sampler opus | B. Vulnerable new age lacerations
Music by JRP & JEA
$6 USD
Golden Retriever, static rain, GT015 GOLDEN RETRIEVER
static rain :: GT015
C20 audio cassette, edition of 100
Description: Joyous future prog; modular synth & processed bass clarinet
Music by Matt Carlson & Jonathan Sielaff
$6 USD

4TH GIFT: Father Sound micro

Father Sound, elastic underwater cave diver, GT012

As promised, our 3rd micro cassette released this past FALL, limited edition 50.  This completes the first series of micros, secretly known as the T&D Trilogy.  New Father Sound jams will be available in Gift Tapes’ WINTER batch, coming in early January.  Our new tapes will include a Father Sound/Harpoon Pole Vault SPLIT (C30), Brother Raven (C30) & Golden Retriever’s first tape (C20).  Keep posted for more info… Happy Holidays!!!

Father Sound, elastic underwater cave diver
Download: GT012 63MB ZIP file, includes 320 kbps MP3s

MICRO CASSETTES… The wave of the future.
Inexpensive.  Miniature.  Mono.  Limited Frequency Response.