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Contemporary Casuals

February 25, 2007

Best of Contemporary Casuals: 1985 – 2000
Self-indulgent personal project records

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Uh…

At the risk of alienating all my readers…

I have been noting with some dismay that I am becoming more of a passive consumer of art and music, rather than a creator or participant. To that end – and as I’m sure you’ve noticed – I have been posting and writing less.

I think from now on, I will only share either mixes of music around a theme ( or hell, maybe just randomly selected songs) or something really unique that warrants my like-minded comrades attention. I thank Lucky for pointing the way.

So, folks, I am really going to take a chance and stick my neck out and share some of my personal audio art.

Is it art, music or what?

I don’t know.

I’ve meant to put this out for the last couple of years, but didn’t because I wanted everything to be up to my obsessive-compulsive standards. Now I either don’t care that much or just want to throw caution to the wind and get back into creating music/noise.

Download here.

Liner notes below the fold.

From my tape vaults (via hard drive) comes this compilation of nearly 15 years of audio experimentation. Some of it makes me cringe with embarassment, and some of it I can listen to with some admiration, considering how culturally isolated I was as a teenager. I had never heard of industrial music until I got much older, but used many techniques common to that genre simply out of expediance.

These recordings reflect what technology I had at hand at the time; Iran Contra Blues was recorded directly into an 8-track cartridge recorder – Reagan’s testimony before the Iran/contra committee was running live on television and into one channel and my cheap guitar (with only three strings) wailing away ineptly in the other. The oscillating feedback tape-loop was made by laying the guitar against a TV and running all the interference and hum through multiple distortion boxes and delay. Amber is the joy of channel surfing 80’s satellite TV through a digital delay system. Lonesome contains the sole recording of my long-lost Moog Liberation, burbling away with Nancy and Lee. Melting Flower is the result of a Casio SK-1 having a nervous breakdown. Ready for Takeoff is my two then toddler sons playing with one of my hollowbody electrics and learning that they can hold electronic toys up to the pickups and hear funny sounds.
Later in the nineties, I acquired a real live, sequence-able digital sampler, resulting in such dubious creations as Gods of Hellfire, How 2 CB and Kum N’ Get Me.
Most of the radio tape manipulations were done while bored at an old job, mainly to confuse and irritate my coworkers.

Tracks:

01. Special Intro
02. This Is All Wrong
03. Ready for Take-off
04. Amber
05. Radio Thermador.mp3
06. If Anyone Comes On My Property…
07. Radio 5 Rocks
08. How2CB.
09. Gods Of Hellfire (Fluffy Remix)
10. Attention Prayer Warriors
11. Iran Contra Blues Raga in D#
12. Spend Half As Much
13. Radio
14. Get Half As Much
15. Melting Flower
16. I left my heart in….
17. Boring Guitar Contest
18. Kum N’ Get Me
19. Lonesome
20. Listen To a Man With No Voice
21. Take Off Your Shoes and Sit in a Comfortable Chair

Where possible, I have either optimized or fixed the audio, but many of these were recorded under primitive conditions and many tapes (some real-to-real) stored in less than ideal situations.

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2 comments

  1. Chardman, I’m more than Lucky if I’m a bit responsible for this – I haven’t heard it yet, but SURE WILL!!! I mean, all the records we are posted the last months – they can be bought, heard, are more or less known – but THIS IS UNIQUE, it’s YOUR STUFF, and that you decided you share it is F*A*N*T*A*S*T*I*C!!! 🙂

    If Herr K. hadn’t posted this on Fuzzy, for sure I would have! I always have in mind what The Residents once said: “Ignorance of your own culture isn’t considered cool.” And there’s much more music round our everyday corners that REALLY DESERVES to be heard, rather than pointing out to obscure or very-hard-to-get rarities from the 20th century…

    From your mix above I know a bit, mainly Godley & Creme (their not so good ‘History Mix’ was the first LP I ever bought, back in 1985 or something!!). Frith’s ‘Dancing in the Streets’ is a true classic, and Morgan Fischer’s ‘Miniatures’ (along with The Resident’s ‘Commercial Album’) is the peak of SHORT SONGS – truly wonderful! I bought the re-released CD some years back, and the diversity on it is sooo great…

    I’m sure if you continue in this way, you’ll be much more satisfied – even if only a handful of jerks drop you a comment… finally it’s YOU!

    lucky


  2. It is art my friend.



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