No DIY synths, no schematics, no close up photos in this post, but I figure its music so close enough. Found this on Amazon. Even more support for the try-before-you-buy approach to buying music.
It’s so funny that this tape, like the last two I’ve posted about is also called ‘Trance’. I mean, based on the last two examples and this one, all dance music from the early to mid nineties was trance. Inacurate music classifications notwithstanding this is a tape made by DJ ‘Spree’. If memory serves his name was Anthony and he was from somewhere in Brooklyn.
The restored .mp3 mix:
Another post for the Cassette Tape Series. Who knows where this one came from or how it ended up in a box in my basement. This one is funny because it might say ‘Frankie Bones’ on that tape but I’m pretty sure there’s no way that’s who’s DJing. I’m not sure what ‘Fantasy Trance’ is either. All in all though, it’s not terrible. The audio quality on this tape was terrible though. However after a couple hours of work it’s good enough for the next decade. So if poorly recorded mid-nineties-mystery-dance music mix-tapes are your thing you might enjoy this.
I decided to transfer a bunch of old cassettes to digital and I came across a handful of mix tapes from somewhere in the ballpark of 1994. The audio was in serious need of some TLC and the music… lets just say it reflects that period of time. I’m not even sure who DJ DB is or where this tape came from. It’s my handwriting on there so I definitely dubbed it from someone but other than that who knows. Even though the audio quality is terrible I encoded it at 256kbps so as to preserve history in all of its glory.
This is a follow up to previous works of a similar grain by members of Master Mosquito, this track brings forward similar sounds of past tracks. Smooth and melodic synths backed with down tempo rhythms and crisp layered guitars which create an ethereal soundscape suitable for any listener. This is one of my favorites which compliments the similar track named ‘Tallboy’ nicely. Much thanks to Aaron Schultz (DJ DRM) founder of Bastard Jazz, and Jamie Roberts for making this complete.
This work-in-progress is an unreleased (well, except for here) follow up of past works of a similar grain by members of Master Mosquito. Emotive guitar styling with warm and sunny synth melodies carry you through this eclectic, spacious, and resonant track. Much like a Tallboy it’s good anytime in any situation. Much thanks to Aaron and Jamie for their hard work on this one.
You will find that the stripes included in this zip are not one-to-one matches with the final mix. As edits, adjustments, and rearrangements made I opted not to export the stripes a second time. Nonetheless, all the elements are there and ready to go!
Here’s what I wrote on the old site:
“Green” started several years ago and the initial melody was used in a song I co-wrote with a band that’s been long broke-up. Out of respect for music in general I will never post the track’s roots; but eventually it was reworked into its current form. Pretty and melodic. Not bound by deadlines this will likely always be a work in progress as I’m constantly attempting to “fix” the drums. My perpetual dissatisfaction notwithstanding, please enjoy!
This still holds true. The sounds in the beginning of this song are some of my favorites.
“Orange” sounds a bit like Trans Am meets Ratatat and uses some interesting point and counterpoint melodies that blend together across a tight unaggressive rhythm. It’s not danceable but it’s definitely listenable. The melody sounds continuous but it’s actually two different parts that introduce themselves in the beginning then overlay on top of each other making a nice moving progression. In retrospect, changing the tambre of the two parts or panning them in the mix might make that more apparent. Lessons learned for next time.
This is a track from Master Mosquitto (Aaron Schultz, Jed Elijah Mowshowitz, and David Langolf, with guitars by Jamie Roberts) put out on Bastard Jazz records back in 2004. From Bastard Jazz: a melancholy beat driven downtempo joint – heavily layered with droning synths, delayed percussion, and distorted guitar mumblings intersecting with emotive and pastoral post-rock loops.
This one is a few years old but it still puts a smile on my face.