Monday, April 21, 2008

Wall Noise

Left to my own devices, here, the last week and a half has seen a lot of synth time go by. Super Eight Loop production has been massive. No doubt, I am going to hit the 100 mark by the end of the year.

After listening to some of the older tapes --- and after getting feedback from several people in regards to the recent Mark Solotroff + Sshe Retina Stimulants CD releases --- it is clear that there was some heavy "wall noise" stuff going on in the mid-1990s. Some of the early S8L cassettes were full-on dense walls of synth noise... really static and totally in-the-red. Only after re-launching the project have I started to play with a broader, more dynamic style - both in the synths and in the mixes. But even lately, some of the S8L tapes have thickened up again.

And as I am finally starting to have my solo cassettes from the mid-1990s (BloodLust!, G.R.O.S.S., Slaughter, Less Than Zero, Old Europa Cafe) re-mastered for CD, I can see evidence of this aesthetic in those recordings, too, although they tend to have a bit more movement. But since those sessions were not synth-based, the sounds can often be thicker and grittier, too. The first of those re-releases should be out within a month, or so.