Live Recording to Tape

Guest Blog: Christian Ruggiero on the Tascam 134 4-Track Cassette Recorder 05/ 10/16
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I’m always on the lookout for other engineers’ and composers’ writings, so when I stumbled upon Chris Ruggiero’s Preservation Sound, I was doubly excited: In addition to his work restoring and designing audio gear, he’s a busy composer with an eye towards integrating vintage analog audio gear into the modern studio environment (sound familiar?). I’m […]

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From Tape to Tape: Irma Vep on Cassette 18/ 01/16
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Though the Quiet Music Festival is by nature a loose and eclectic collection of artists, the curation is remarkably consistent: Every year I hear at least one artist that completely bakes my cake, sometimes several. The 2015 lineup was my favorite thus far, with incredible performances by Amenta Abioto, Rebecca Gates, Secret Drum Band and, […]

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Pancake Party! 23/ 06/15
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No silly, not the edible kind. Though I suppose I have no real issue with them, as long as they’re served with syrup and butter (not yogurt and lingonberry jam or some such aberration). BUT I DIGRESS. In preparation for this year’s Quiet Music Festival, I took a chance and invested in a case of […]

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Lori Goldston on the Cello 25/ 09/14
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  I would write “Happy Thursday,” but that might appear to be a nod toward entertaining, if somewhat obsequious CBC broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi. And that is not my intent. But I digress. I wanted to give a shout out to one of my favorite musicians, the extraordinary Lori Goldston. As of this writing she’s traveling with […]

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Tape, Tapers and Taping 18/ 07/14
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I’ve always loved live recordings; the hush and expectancy of a classical performance, or the sweat and raw excitement of a rock show captured on tape. Much as I love the studio recordings of Joy Division or the Who, well-done live recordings of both bands reveal them to be so much fiercer and dynamic than […]

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QMF 2014 20/ 06/14
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Do you hear a steady rumble in the air? An oceanic roar as a festival crowd gets ready to ROCK OUT?!? Well, then it’s a safe bet that it’s got nothing to do with the Quiet Music Festival. It’s founder, Chris Johanson, describes it as “The only festival where sleeping is encouraged.” Fair enough. And […]

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Quiet Music Festival 11/ 06/14
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    Last year I had the pleasure of recording the Quiet Music Festival to 2-track (of course) tape. For those who may be unfamiliar, the QMF is an annual event featuring music played at decidedly undeafening volume. Created and curated by Chris Johanson, it’s a truly unique and pleasurable event: Held in Disjecta’s large […]

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