The Highland REKordings
1978 through 1988
Who Can Believe
When the Rayguns Come? 7:55An
oblique electronic representation of the times (1976 - 1978) and the growth of conservative militarism embodied by the rise
of Ronald Raegan and faith in hi-tech warfare. It was made with my ARP 2600, a mic, and a Revox A-77 half
track tape recorder at The Highland in Somerville, MA across the street from the high school. I still have the
half-track master tape, but the A77 heads are shot, so this copy was recovered from a cassette tape perspicaciously preserved
by my friend, Jerry Kelley. Someday I will tranfer the master tape.
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stopped by Ken French's home studio one day and listened to some soundbeds he was working on. I noticed one
drum track that fit with an instrumental of mine, Sudden Sunset. I asked Ken to play only the drum track, and adjust
the tempo up slightly. I picked out a big sound on his synth keyboard (actually a layer of synths) and hit
the record button. After playing and recording the keys, we slowed it down a bit and recorded the bass part.
When I got done, Ken said "Wow, How do you do that, just improv a bass line from thin air?" I have no idea
how I do it; it is inherent, a talent, an instinct. It feels very good when it is happening.
I wrote the piece in response to the death of John Belushi.
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