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(Geert de Wilde, February 2010)

When I started IC 434 in 1994, this wasn’t my first musical experience. Years before, at age 15, I amused myself combining distored recordings of my parents’ 1907 piano with vocals I led through a vacuum cleaner pipe, and added some radio noise and the pumping beat of my percussion on a telephone book. I called my band HUMAN BODY and some school friends called my first song “Lambs For The Slaughter” the new “A Forest”. Of course this wasn’t exactly true but it encouraged me to go on. When I wanted to start a classic New Wave band a few years later, I first purchased a portable keyboard, the Yamaha PSS 680. Since my friends weren’t that motivated to buy their instruments, I went on experimenting on my own.

I called my little project TALES OF DOOM which took off at Christmas 1990. In spite of not being more than a toy keyboard, The Yamaha PSS 680 allowed me to produce my very own sounds which I really loved. On the other hand, the sequencer could store only 250 notes or just 5 (!) sequences + 1 (!) drum bar per song. (Never heard about Cubase or so back then.) Even quantising what I played was impossible. Nevertheless, I had a great time. I added my dry vocals, but because I was using a cheap portable mono cassette recorder, I couldn’t do this in real time. I recorded them on tape and mixed them afterwards with the music. The challenge was to match both recordings and to avoid the vocals getting out of tune. Of course EQ or effects weren’t available either.

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