FADE TO SNOW
(1985-1987)
Hillsdale Cassette Bouncing Sessions
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Got my first synthesizer, the Casio CZ-1000. "Multi-track" recording by bouncing between two AKAI cassette decks, adding something new each time. This meant that each take had to be performed from beginning to end, which was pretty aggravating. Often playing a bass line with one hand, snare drum with the other, while singing a backup vocal, all in one take. To mask the tremendous tape hiss, I employed Dolby C noise reduction, then added spring reverb to liven it back up. The cassette decks ran at slightly different speeds, so I'd be constantly re-tuning instruments to the track. Got a Korg SDD-2000 digital delay, which could capture and loop a four second lo-fi sample. I used this to make drum loops and home-made sounds which could be triggered/played across the Casio's keyboard via MIDI. *A few songs were made using a borrowed Tascam 4 track cassette recorder*.  I used a small Sunn mixer with spring reverb. Hillsdale, NJ