the unheard tapes

by unknown artist 22/11/66

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about

Originally recorded 1984—89 on a Tascam 4-track between the back of a camper in Santa Cruz + a chicken coop in the hills above Palo Alto, so some background noise (dogs, parrots, etc.) was incidental + welcomed. Often old/found recorded-over tapes were reused, so remnant bits might remain + since 4-tracks recorded at ½-speed using both sides of a standard cassette, residual noises might be backwards + at 2x the speed. A "1/e delay" was regularly used on the guitars (dividing the number of beats in the song by the natural logarithm, e ( = 2.718281…) to obtain the delay pedal setting). Songs were mixed on cassettes + given away to a few friends + family + traded w/ other home-recording enthusiasts, as was the culture in the '80s (that we’re re-issuing this on cassette is not a kitschy or ironic gesture—this was the original target format). Eventually 3 cassettes were self-released under the DIY "Tapestry Tapes” label—The Ethereal Aether (1988), Whorl (spring of '89) + Starfisheye (winter of '89). Then in the '90s everyone switched to CD + these tapes were forgotten about.

The tracks on this tape are arranged roughly in chronological order. Tracks #1, 2, 8, 10, 13 + 14 (recorded 1984-88) were previously unreleased (except for 1-off mix tapes), as well as other odd clips remixed into other tracks. Tracks # 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 + 9 appeared on The Ethereal Aether (1988). Tracks # 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18 + 19 appeared on Whorl (1989). Tracks # 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 + 26 appeared on Starfisheye (1989).

... + no, we didn't screw up + remaster these too quietly, it's the rest of the world (post-90s) that's cranking the volume louder + louder just to be heard, at the expense of sound quality.

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released November 15, 2017

All tracks written, performed + recorded by unknown artist (w/ misc. animals, ppl + soundtracks in the background).

(Ↄ) copyleft. All rites reversed. May be freely copied, rerecorded, adapted, shared etc. as long as it is under these same copyleft conditions (not to be copyrighted or reproduced for profit).

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unknown artist 22/11/66 Rome, Italy

1-man band armed w/ a 4-track. “Unknown Artist” was the name assigned by modern software when these old home-grown tapes from the late '80s were recently digitized + it seemed apropos. 22/11/66 is his date of birth. After recording these tapes, he graduated from UC Santa Cruz (w/ a degree in math), sold all of his instruments + wandered the earth never to make music again. ... more

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