Just a quick note… the Taped Sounds link now seems to be broken… so I’ve linked to tomentosa’s section.
Treetops, Deep Purple Infinity, Taped Sounds, Cass
Mike Pollard is Treetops. It’s more than appropriate to give this dude some props. Just check out Arbor. This is inspiration. Originally from Western Springs, IL, this new age experimentalist synth drone wizard started this totally kick-ass label. I think he is now based in New York.
This tape is drifting layered synth melodies… floating goodness… blowing in the wind… you as the sound of the leaves swaying with every gentle gust. Flip the tape and at first glance its seems like a static drone. But the volume fluctuates, textures emerge amidst the swells and a steady rattling ensues. An unwilling customer might think that there is something wrong with the heater. Subliminal lifting motions begin to color the seemingly static image. Things are coming to an apex, but one that we will never reach in life. And as the drone begins its decent, we find ourselves in a cave, in the company of a furry creature hiding in the dark, its low growl, a set of controlled jolts of forward motion, like the manual winding of a reel; tape upon a tape head. All of this under an ethereal sea of blue-green light. I recommend laying next to a candle when you listen to this one.
One last note… the noise level on this tape is substantial. I am almost positive that this is a Type I tape (complete with single notches to prove it)… but rest assured, this is not a complaint. I think there are certain works that aren’t negatively affected by a ton of tape hiss. This instance of a more ambient, drone-based work isn’t negatively affected. A high standard of sound quality should not necessarily be a priority. It should be noted that there are tons of Type I tapes out there and they cost less.