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Options May 21, 2013: Tony Coulter Presents Tape Hiss: The Rascal Reporters, John Tabacco, and Kevin Harrison (PLEASE NOTE: "Tape Hiss" shows are not archived.)

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Artist Track Album Label Year
The In-Theme  Holger Hiller: Toyshopshoptoy   Options      
 
The Rascal Reporters  The Nixie (from "Oil of Lavender")   Options Ridin' on a Lavender Freak  Alonesoul Studio  2000 
The Rascal Reporters  Marionetta (from "Oil of Lavender")   Options Ridin' on a Lavender Freak  Alonesoul Studio  2000 
The Rascal Reporters  Something's Getting into Our Bed (from "Oil of Lavender")   Options Ridin' on a Lavender Freak  Alonesoul Studio  2000 
The Rascal Reporters  Tinderwood Forest (from "Oil of Lavender")   Options Ridin' on a Lavender Freak  Alonesoul Studio  2000 
The Rascal Reporters  Lavender Snow (from "Oil of Lavender")   Options Ridin' on a Lavender Freak  Alonesoul Studio  2000 
 
John Tabacco  Laura's Subconscious Toy   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  Chameleon Luck   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  You're Nuthin' But a...   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  Bastard Barber   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  Freakin' Peppy Lightning Shoes   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  The Capt. Has Sleepy Sinister Foot Dirt for Sale   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  I've Got Creatures in My Yard / So Glad to Be a Free Man / You May Call Me Statue   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  Lighting Seed / There's This Number / E-Clair Raoul / Gorgo Twain Has Gone Hahwhyin   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  Nick and Clone (with E-Zay)   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  4747   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  Styreen Mo' Betta / Aw Do I Aw Do I / I'm Losing My Head   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  During WWIII   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  'Till We Eat Out the Moon   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  Four Billion People   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  A Message to All Offspring Loafers   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  Welcome to Reality Son (There's Nowhere to Run)   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  I Wish I Had Nuthin'   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  You're Gonna Die Some Day / Cold and Empty   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  A Page of Black Ionization with Some Tomita Juice   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  She's the Only Girl in the Shower   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  I Can't Wait to Get Married   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  Capitalizing on a Laura Tabacco Idea   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
John Tabacco  Choke for the Rest of Your Life   Options The Akai Years, 1979–84  F of X Records  2007 
 
Kevin Harrison  Caramel Buddha   Options 1975–1981 - Volume 3  Marz   
Kevin Harrison  Blue Guitars   Options 1975–1981 - Volume 3  Marz   
Kevin Harrison  Nam Shub Central   Options 1975–1981 - Volume 3  Marz   
Kevin Harrison  Big Scarlet’s PCB Facility   Options 1975–1981 - Volume 3  Marz   
Kevin Harrison  A Moment of Joy   Options 1975–1981 - Volume 3  Marz   
Kevin Harrison  Little Lazy Daisy   Options 1975–1981 - Volume 3  Marz   
Kevin Harrison  Cassiopia   Options 1975–1981 - Volume 3  Marz   
Kevin Harrison  Bent Logic   Options 1975–1981 - Volume 3  Marz   
Kevin Harrison  Sister Crazy Maisie   Options 1975–1981 - Volume 3  Marz   
Kevin Harrison  Alpha Zeta   Options 1975–1981 - Volume 3  Marz   
Kevin Harrison  Screened Surface   Options 1975–1981 - Volume 3  Marz   
Kevin Harrison  Prototype Manta Ray   Options 1975–1981 - Volume 3  Marz   
Kevin Harrison  Live at the Coventry Climax   Options 1975–1981 - Volume 3  Marz   
Kevin Harrison  Voodoo Tongues   Options 1975–1981 - Volume 3  Marz   
Kevin Harrison  Aguarmar   Options 1975–1981 - Volume 3  Marz   
Kevin Harrison  Wet Tongues   Options 1975–1981 - Volume 3  Marz   
Kevin Harrison  Velvet Dream Beings   Options 1975–1981 - Volume 3  Marz   
 
Kevin Harrison  Stretch / 2   Options Inscrutably Obvious  Cherry Red  1981 
The Out-Theme  Gelbart: My Favorite Vacation [part of] + Die Trip Computer Die: Airborn [part of]   Options      

Listener comments!

Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 11:52am Carmichael:

Hiya Tony. Hangin' around, catching up with work, waiting for the hiss.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 11:54am Kay:

DO throw a hissy fit.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 11:55am Tony Coulter:

Heya, Carmichael and Kay! Today's show, actually, will be hiss-free, as I'm playing CD-Rs only. So maybe I should call it "CD-R Crackle"?
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 11:57am fleep:

Truth in advertising. It don't mean piss if it ain't got that hiss.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 11:57am Tony Coulter:

Plus, fair warning: This show will feature me putting on silly voices.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 11:58am Tony Coulter:

Hola, fleep!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 11:58am Snortley:

CD-R Skip. Or CD-R Delamination.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:02pm DCE:

*with bells on
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:02pm DCE:

*with bells on
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:03pm Tony Coulter:

Ugh -- the accuplaylist is freezing up. Hopefully it'll be working soon.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:04pm DCE:

eating a giant pickle now.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:04pm Doug Schulkind:

Tony, you can email me the info and I can enter it.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:05pm Tony Coulter:

Thanks, Doug -- but it seems to be working better now.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:06pm Kay:

I bet the original recording was on tape, so "tru DAT".
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:08pm Tony Coulter:

Ha! Right you are, Kay!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:10pm duke:

hi tony et al
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:11pm Tony Coulter:

Heya, Duke!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:13pm Tony Coulter:

CD-R's are much more ephemeral than cassettes. This Rascal Reporters thing is a double CD-R semi-boot from 2000 -- already the first disc doesn't play, despite being scratch-free.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:14pm DCE:

I really have to buckle down and back up all my CDRs soon.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:15pm Uncle Michael:

So what're we talkin' here, Tony...Behringer Virtualizer 3D?
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:17pm Tony Coulter:

@ DCE: The worst is when they have glued-on labels. Whoever invented those things should be shot.

@ Uncle Michael! Heya! 'Fraid your tech talk is flying way over my head. What is a BV 3D?
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:19pm Uncle Michael:

I was making a wildass guess at what you're using for funny voices.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:20pm Tony Coulter:

Ah, that! Nah -- it's all pretty low tech. And gives me a sore throat pretty quickly.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:22pm Jeff Golick:

When does the hissing of summer playlists start?
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:23pm Tony Coulter:

Hey Jeff G! Meaneth you the summer schedule? In early June, methinks. "Course that doesn't apply to us here on GtDR, as we'll all be staying put.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:24pm Carmichael:

It's a toilet paper roll, right?
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:24pm Tony Coulter:

@ Carmichael: You got it!
  Tue. 5/21/13 12:25pm Jeremy N:

Greeting X 3, Tony and TC posse! Rascal Reporters do not fail to enchant.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:27pm Tony Coulter:

Heya, Jeremy! You've gotten past the bouncer, I'm glad to see!
  Tue. 5/21/13 12:30pm Jeremy N:

I almost tripped jumping over those velvet ropes but once you're inside it's totally worth all the humiliation.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:34pm Carmichael:

I can see how that would hurt ...
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:35pm Uncle Michael:

This is good. This isn't 10cc...right?
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:36pm Tony Coulter:

Nope -- bedroom recordings by someone who never released anything until years after the fact, then only on CD-R.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:37pm Carmichael:

You're muffin butter?
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:38pm Jeff Golick:

Great stuff. Multi-tracked, or multi-peopled?
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:38pm Carmichael:

Here's his explanation for these sounds: www.johntabacco.net...
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:39pm Tony Coulter:

@ Jeff G: Multi-tracked.

Thanks, Carmichael!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:42pm DARK STAR MAN:

Hi Tony,
just tuned in to see what condition your old CDRs are in!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:44pm Tony Coulter:

Hola, Dark Star Man! They're still holding up -- but not for long.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:47pm DARK STAR MAN:

so did John Tabacco had something to with Frank Zappa?
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:49pm Tony Coulter:

He didn't -- but he certainly absorbed a lot of Frank.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:51pm DARK STAR MAN:

bit of Todd Rundgren in there to my ears!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:52pm Carmichael:

Yep, I definitely hear Zappa, maybe some TR as well.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:53pm Tony Coulter:

Agreed.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:54pm Carmichael:

And by TR I mean early Utopia, with Moogy Klingman, Siegel and Powell.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 12:55pm Tony Coulter:

If this stuff had been properly released back when he was recording it, I think he'd be somewhat well-known by now. Shame it slipped through the cracks.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 1:00pm Tony Coulter:

By properly released, I mean released at all -- but particularly if it had come out on vinyl.
  Tue. 5/21/13 1:04pm conrad:

Like a somewhat more proggy Steely Dan.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 1:07pm Tony Coulter:

Hola, Conrad! Kinda see what you mean!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 1:13pm Carmichael:

This is amazing stuff, Tony. How did you hear about him?
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 1:14pm Jeff Golick:

This quote from the page Carmichael linked to above is fascinating:

KM: How do you think the music industry will change with in the next ten years?
JT: No one will be able to own music any more. You will just rent it and pay for it continually. You will not be able to make copies of music and you will pay a fee for creating your own music because in order for people to hear it (other than playing out) you will have to have it uploaded to the "Cloud". No more CDs only ipod / iphone type devices. The computers we have now (like the one I’m typing on) will be slowly phased out and made illegal.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 1:16pm Tony Coulter:

@ Carmichael: Just fortuitously stumbled on his stuff while trolling CD Baby.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 1:18pm Tony Coulter:

@ Jeff G: That does seem disturbingly accurate (except for the making computers illegal part).
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 1:21pm Jeff Golick:

@Tony C: Right? I just kind of nodded my head as I read it.... Like, it's not paranoia if they're really out to get you.
  Tue. 5/21/13 1:26pm F.Z.:

Trouble everyday?
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 1:28pm northguineahills:

I'd like to hear his earlier stuff mentioned in the article Carmichael linked.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 1:29pm Tony Coulter:

Ditto! (hey there, NGH!)
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 1:55pm Tony Coulter:

Kevin Harrison did release stuff on vinyl -- he has a 1981 LP on Cherry Red, for example -- but he has a boatload of unreleased material, such as what's on the CD-R we're hearing now. It may be obtainable from him -- not sure. He's from the U.K., by the way.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 1:55pm DARK STAR MAN:

Yer man!
this is it - raga and drone music!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 1:57pm DARK STAR MAN:

hey man its like an alternative soundtrack to 2001 or Aguire!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:00pm Tony Coulter:

2001, the Wrath of Aguire?
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:01pm DARK STAR MAN:

in fact very like Popol Vuh without the backwards effects etc.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:01pm Tony Coulter:

Marz isn't really a label, btw -- it's the name of his studio.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:04pm Aguirre!:

the title was actually Aguirre, the wrath of G d
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:06pm duke:

Really liking this Kevin Harrison stuff
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:07pm Tony Coulter:

@ Aguirrel: I guess the letter 'o' ticks God off?
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:07pm Aguirre!:

think I will get a Werner Herzog dvd out for tonight - just watched WOYZEK, any recommendations?
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:08pm Tony Coulter:

@ Duke: Glad to hear it!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:09pm Tony Coulter:

@ Aguirrel: "Kasper Hauser" is my fave.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:09pm duke:

@Aguirre! - Encounters at the End of the World. A guy I used to work with is in it. I didn't work with him at the South Pole though.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:10pm Aguirre!:

Actually Tony, as an orthodox Jew, we are taught from youth that o stands for others and must not be written in the name G d as He is One only!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:12pm Aguirre!:

thanks Tony/Duke,
I will have to dig them out!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:12pm Rich in Washington:

Ah, I'm a sucker for fuzzed-out delay guitar.
This is great stuff, Tony!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:12pm Tony Coulter:

Rich! Greets...
  Tue. 5/21/13 2:13pm MrFab:

Hi all, hey Tony, beautiful stuff. Too bad this wasn't released - I was a big fan of this kind of Eno/Frippery back in the day, I would have gladly spent my after-school chores money on this..
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:13pm Aguirre!:

besides Popol Vuh love of mine Kevin Harrison reminds me of Krautrock band Between.
Have a soft spot for them.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:14pm Rich in Washington:

Hello Tony!
Been listening mostly in the background to my chaotic day...
Too tied up to comment until now.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:15pm DCE:

this is great!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:16pm Carmichael:

Totally spacey. Makes me want to stare dumbly at something.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:17pm Aguirre!:

further reminds me of the kind of stuff you would find in Ultima Thule shop and magazine.
Situated in Leicester, UK they formed their own bands to play blissed out experimental electronic rock, and the shop was/is stocked full of Krautrock etc
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:17pm Tony Coulter:

Heya, Mr. Fab. He does have some bonafide releases, though, that are well worth seeking out.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:18pm Rich in Washington:

@MrFab:Me too. Love this kind of stuff. Also really dig some of Steve Hillage's stuff. His Rainbow Dome Music is a really good companion to Fripp's loopy music.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:19pm Tony Coulter:

Here is Harrison's "official" discography: www.discogs.com...
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:21pm Carmichael:

I met Steve Hillage at a party, and didn't know who he was at the time. Uncomfortable looks all around, and a good talking-to later ...
  Tue. 5/21/13 2:22pm MrFab:

Steve Hillage: one of those names I've heard for years, and never checked out. I guess I thought he was more of a New Age/Pink Floyd/Grateful Dead kinda figure. Or, should I say, more hippy-dippy than Frippy.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:22pm DCE:

haha, Carm, you got HILLAGED
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:24pm Rich in Washington:

Yeah, no doubt he's considerably more hippy-dippy than Frippy, but the aforementioned Rainbow Dome Music is really pretty incredible. Nothing like his Gong or rather Floydian regular solo LPs.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:25pm Rich in Washington:

@Carmichael: HA! That's funny! I've had a few similar experiences with semi-famous people at radio station events. Sometimes there's this thing that you note in retrospect as bewilderment on the part of the semi-famous person because you didn't pester them, ask them the usual questions, etc...
  Tue. 5/21/13 2:28pm MrFab:

Like when R. Crumb was on the Antique Phonograph show recently, and semi-jokingly said: "What, you're not gonna ask me about Keep on Truckin, or Janis Joplin?!"
  Tue. 5/21/13 2:29pm Guitar as synthesizer:

Who influenced Fripp/Eno prior to No Pussyfooting?
  Tue. 5/21/13 2:31pm MrFab:

I think they go the tape-delay idea from Terry Riley.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:33pm Tony Coulter:

Certainly true. Mebbe also some of the krautrock guys like Achim Reichel and Manuel Göttsching were an influence too? Dunno.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:35pm Tony Coulter:

If they were, though, I've never seen anyone talk about it.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:36pm Carmichael:

It was more of the looks from the crowd around us. A guy told me later, "Steve Hillage is a GOD!!" It was Greek to me ...
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:41pm Tony Coulter:

Made you feel over the hill(age)?
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:43pm Rich in Washington:

Yeah, Eno publicly acknowledged the Riley tape loop connection, then he taught it to Fripp.
Now every damn kid with a looper pedal wants to be Godspeed.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:44pm Rich in Washington:

Did Steve Reich's phased loops predate Terry Riley's work?
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:44pm DCE:

it certainly is very easy to do stuff these days than in those days
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:45pm DCE:

that sentence was poorly structured. apologies!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:45pm Uncle Michael:

Meetings. gah.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:47pm Tony Coulter:

Meetings with unremarkable men?
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:47pm Tony Coulter:

(No need to answer that.)
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:48pm Rich in Washington:

You hit the nail on the head, though, DCE.
If you think about it, studio experimentation was really out of reach for most people. Now you can build an entire BBC Radiophonics Workshop in your computer with VST plugins, etc...
It's nice to see this leveling of the play-field in terms of access to tools but it seems to have diluted the stream somewhat.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:52pm Rich in Washington:

I see on Wikipedia, it says Riley was using tape loops in the 1950s. Lots of people were composing for tape but maybe he's the first to use loops as a regular technique?
Reich's experiments were in the mid-Sixties.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:53pm Rich in Washington:

Oh, I ran across this today: t.co... Musique Concrète for Beginners: Clarence Dwyer's 1971 Book "Composing With Tape Recorders"
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:53pm northguineahills:

Awesome stuff, Tony. Thanks!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:54pm Tony Coulter:

I think the French musique concrete guys (Pierre Schaeffer & Pierre Henry) used tape loops before Riley, but not so systematically.
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:55pm Tony Coulter:

Would love to see that book, Rich!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:55pm Tony Coulter:

Thanks, ngh!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:56pm Tony Coulter:

And thanks everybody for tuning in -- see you next week!!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:57pm Rich in Washington:

Thanks, Tony!
Avatar Tue. 5/21/13 2:58pm DCE:

see ya, Tony
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