The original Normal Street studio (and later the Pearl Street studio) consisted
of two stereo cassette decks where one channel was used for bouncing and the
other for recording new tracks. The songs on this page are only a very small
sampling of the recordings made in those studios. Most of the others were
either unfinished or of too poor a quality to even consider putting up.
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Moods for the Guitar (1984)
The very first tape completed in the original studio consisting of two stereo
cassette recorders. All of the music on this tape was done on heavily processed
electric and acoustic guitars along with some e-bow work.
Fame and Vision (1984)
tape. These tunes were recorded in the Pearl Street studio
after the acquisition of the Roland Juno-60 synthesizer. In addition to the
synth layers, the tunes still contained electric and acoustic guitar tracks.
saw an additional rhythm track created using the noise
generator and arpeggiator on the Juno-60. That was also the first track to
see the addition of audio samples. "After the Fall"
also benefited from
added audio in the form of an old Glenn Miller recording at the beginning.
Another Fool (1984)
The third of the 1984 tapes. This tape saw the addition of a real drum machine
as well as vocal tracks (although you won't be hearing any singing here).
was a simple mix of lush synthesizer and compressed electric
was written around a take made off a short wave radio of
a continuous announcement of coordinate universal time (or UTC).
Various News, Olds, and Redos (1985 Cassette)
The last tape from the dual cassette studio was mostly remakes of older tunes
with a scattering of new pieces. Most of the new pieces were backing tracks
that were supposed to eventually have vocals added but were never finished.
was remade from scratch for this tape and turned out sounding
just a bit better overall and also contained some different audio content.