10TH GIFT: Brother Raven, Many Moons MICRO

The 10th micro cassette release, limited edition 50. The final micro cassette release I’ll be sharing over the blog. Like the last two recent posts, these are 320 kbps MP3s transferred from their original master tapes.

This album was the last free micro cassette gift of the series, and the last Gift Tapes release (in its original form). This tape and first Gift Tape/Brother Raven release seemed to serve as nice bookends to an era of Gift Tapes. Brother Raven is the duo synth project of Jamie Potter and myself. These tracks were entirely improvised and recorded to tape between 2009-2010, then mixed in 2012.

Brother Raven, Many Moons
Download: GT043 65 MB ZIP file, includes 320 kbps MP3s

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

NOTE: Two of the ten micro cassettes we released are unavailable here. Concessionaires Mustang is missing because I haven’t been able to get artist permission, and Pulse Emitter has posted Mars Meadows on his Bandcamp here: https://pulseemitter.bandcamp.com/album/mars-meadows

9TH GIFT: 2 Hands on Knobs, Copper Medallion MICRO

The 7th micro cassette release, limited edition 50. One other from the collection will be posted very soon, so keep posted. As indicated in our last post, these transfers to 320 kbps MP3s are from their original master tapes.

This questionably questionable moniker I used to employ for synth experiments, which often took the form of ‘hard-to-listen-to’ sketches. For this one I patched my Moogs into one another, ran them through a delay pedal and when I landed on something I liked I hit record. I think I used a Multimoog, Micromoog, Moog CP-251 and a Boss DM-2 delay pedal. I can hear how I was attempting to stretch my gear, in anticipation of finally having enough savings to purchase a modular system. But honestly there’s not much else to say about this one. Let the sounds be sounds… and maybe be entertained by my description 🙂

Arrhythmic knob tweak fest; a drunkard tumbling down the stairs

2 Hands on Knobs, Copper Medallion
Download: GT031 72 MB ZIP file, includes 320 kbps MP3s

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

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.

6TH GIFT: Charlatan, Exercises MICRO

Charlatan, Excercises MICRO

Last Spring I posed a challenge to a fellow label-head/musician friend of mine (based in Tulsa, OK), to get revenge of sorts because of a massive 85 minute tape he asked me to do in an edition of 22!   So in response, this is what I requested: Super experimental & non-musical & synthy, but not noisey & not too droney using only the pro-one & recorded to tape of course. I guess my challenge was more specific… but I tried to think of everything that that dude does exceptionally well, then ask him to do the opposite!  His approach to the challenge is especially interesting to listen to; it’s improvised synth music that consciously attempts to avoid musical spaces.  And it’s in that avoidance of musical spaces that hints of musical ideas occur.  They seem to play on the creativity of the listener, providing a palette for which to connect the dots, link ideas and create our own music through interpretation.  Please except this gift; a prized edition of the MICRO collection.

Next month: New tapes by Matt Carlson, Million Mists & Spare Death Icon.

Charlatan, exercises
Download: GT020 59 MB ZIP file, includes 320 kbps MP3s

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

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.