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 pancakes of Quantegy 632. (As all of you are no doubt aware, 632 is the “music grade” non-backcoated offering from Quantegy, and prior to that Ampex.)
For the uninitiated, this means: Buying a case of old, physically fragile tape and loading it onto reels, praying the entire time that the reel won’t collapse and spill valuable recording tape all over the floor. Kind of like this:
Actually, the operation was smooth for the most part; that bin of dead tape is courtesy of Larry Crane, who generously gifted a couple of cases of used tape for the express purpose of clearing out his garage (oh yeah, and furthering the art of recording live to tape, thanks Larry!). Fear not, the original Vomit Launch tapes were digitized and preserved.
Anyway, a couple of hours of nail biting came to a happy end with 5+ hours of virgin tape spooled onto new reels and ready to record the lovely, low-volume awesomeness of the QMF. It’s this coming weekend–June 26/27, 2015–at Disjecta in North Portland.
One final bonus: I managed to score a new trident for my very old Otari 2-track. What this means to the layperson is that the sound of slipping, whirring and clattering tape reels–and my muttered curses–drowning out the performances are a thing of the past.