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Original work from the 80's
A few original songs from way back when...
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Far North-west Scotland

November 15, 2014 - 5:11 am
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Well, I was de-cluttering my study and came across some old tape cassettes.  They have original songs with instrumentation I put together back in the mid 80's.  At that time, before the super-fine audio processing software and DAWs we have nowadays, the height of technology was a Tascam Porta One 4-track mixer/studio, electronic drum-kit/box and the occasional FX pedal.   Ahaaaa - this brings back memories - found an image of the old Tascam online - 


 Although "only" having a four-track head, you could mix-down any two tracks to a new single track (which if course is a next-generation track, the more you did this, the more tape noise came into play).  The most complex over-laid piece I did came to a total of 9 tracks (which is not posted).  

  I think the most complex piece on the four uploaded pieces contains 5 tracks, electronic drum kit, guitar 1, guitar 2, keyboard and voice. Unfortunately, I no longer have the individual, original tracks to each song, so I cannot re-mix them and get that darned phaser/wah a bit less present - but anyway - here's a link to 4 of my original pieces.  Some of them "run on a bit" - that was intentional at the time to allow subsequent splitting-down and extracting "only the good bits" LOLOL....

  Feel free to have a listen, I won't go quite as far as to say "enjoy" - and although penned in the 80's, you'll get transported back to the sounds of the 70's !!!   And no, don't ask me what I was "on" when I wrote the tunes and lyrics - I can't remember...  ohhhh - does this qualify for a "Composer" badge ?   Sheet?  What sheet?  LOLOL


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November 15, 2014 - 7:49 am
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Tape is fun.  Digital is fun too, but in a different way, somehow.  I have an old Vestax MR-300 four track from "the bad ol' days".  Used to use one track for the SMPTE synch, so we could keep the midi gear in synch with the analog stuff and record the drums off a Mirage sampling keyboard in stereo and then a dirt rhythm track and then over-write the SMPTE with the bass and re-do the rhythm guitar or keyboards to get it tight... and..and..dazed

Well, lotsa stuff that is relative childsplay in this era of DAWs.  But back then it took some ingenuity.. and no small amount of fussin' and cussin.. LOL 

I used to dreeeeeam about getting to work in digital and maybe having more than 4 tracks and an old Akai reel-to-reel for bouncing down. 

Ah, those were the days, though, MadBill.

Anyway, sounds good.  Well, for what we could do at the time.  thumbs-up

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November 15, 2014 - 6:35 pm
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I don't decide who gets the badges, you do Bill. Do you want a composer badge? If you composed your own music, you deserve it. Details are not important. :)
Your call.

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but the one who needs the least."

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November 17, 2014 - 4:12 am
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@DanielB - yup those were the days !

@Fiddlerman - LOL - no no - I wasn't angling for a "Composer" - it was just my thoughts running on at the end of the post - a hypothetical question!   Sorry about the confusion.  

I made the post really because I was so pleased to unearth stuff that was 30 years old and that I had thought was forever lost - also - for the "youngsters" (LOL) on the forum who've never known anything other than digital - just to show the hoops and loops we had to jump through in the old days !    [ No longer owning the Tascam, I was actually even MORE pleased to discover that I still had a tape cassette player so I could get it digitally captured ]

The badge thing and jokey comment about "Sheet?  What sheet?" was irrelevant to the post !  And yes, since I'm wittering on about that - from my own point of view - I would think that a badge (of any sort) should really apply to "work done here, and in connection with the forum and".  So, come the day I write a fiddle tune, and yes, with sheet, LOL, and post it for others to enjoy, play, adapt, etc - only then once it is "out there and useable" - would I expect to achieve/qualify etc for such a distinction - and not to claim it on the basis of past, or unrelated achievements...!    That's just the way I see it from my perspective.   It's all good - I think the "badge" concept works as a great incentive for people to set goals - which is way cool.


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November 18, 2014 - 3:14 pm
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Cool stuff Bill.  I think it is very cool.  (sexy rock... cool mandancingdancingdancingdancing)

Thanks for posting.  I hope that in time I will be able to come up with a jingle or two and write it down.   :)  You (and others) have done some cool stuff. 

Cheers.. ....mmmmmeeeeeeemmoriieeeees..... like the corner of my mind.... 


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