55:12 – Welcome to Tape Land! On each episode, I will be presenting the audio of a cassette tape from my collection. It’s a way to help motivate me to digitize more of my archives.

In 1987, at age 19, I set up a rudimentary recording studio in my parents’ basement. I created six albums of weird music as “Little Frankie Nora” (previously released on Tape Land).

The studio consisted of a tape deck, a tape recorder, a mixer, a microphone, an old black-and-white TV set, and a Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard. My method of recording was to record to tape, then play along to that tape to the other recorder, allowing for a kind of rudimentary multitrack recording.

“Bumper Tape Galaxy Reel” is one of those temporary “bumper” tapes – with a bunch of song fragments and pieces – along with some material never heard on the main “albums”. It’s very interesting to listen to.

At one point on the tape (23:54), I say “Galaxy Reel, stand by”. As I recall, Galaxy Reel was a collection of my old Super 8mm animated movies, which was part of a compilation video I released. I think this was the music I played in the background of the silent films. But the music also became part of a tape called “Shatter Cider” or “Shatter Cider Suite” (available in the archive).

License for this track: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License (creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/). Attribution: by Frank Nora – more info at TheOvernightscape.com

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