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Disturbed Earth - Butterfly [New Release!]
« on: September 19, 2008, 08:17:39 AM »
Disturbed Earth - Butterfly

Released in September on AtmoWorks.
 
Dean Richards recorded Butterfly at a live "living room" concert in August 1977 in Caulfield, Australia (outside Melbourne).   The album is recorded live with no overdubs.   Dean used a double neck guitar using a violin bow on the 12-string and playing the 6-string.   He used two tape decks set up about 8 feet apart in a continous loop - his goal was to create the longest loop possible with the equipment he had available.  A Roland Space Echo was also used.

Interestingly - he had to unplug his refrigerator during the concert because it made huge cracks and pops on the recordings.   It was an intimate setting with a group of people watching and a fire in the fireplace because it was winter in Australia.

Dean also recorded three other albums this way in 1977 and he hopes to bring these out at some point in the future.   Butterfly was originally recorded to reel to reel tape - and later moved to a minidisc recorder and then to mp3 for this release.

AtmoWorks is proud to release Disturbed Earth - Butterfly.

To see the front and back cover art:

http://atmoworks.ning.com/notes/AW2017_-_Disturbed_Earth_-_Butterfly

To listen to previews and purchase any of Disturbed Earth's albums:

http://store.atmoworks.com/index.php?page=catalog.php?search=dean%20richards

Thank you!

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Re: Disturbed Earth - Butterfly [New Release!]
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2008, 05:14:51 PM »
best project name i've seen in a while  :)

is the recording significantly mastered? i miss the tape noise and muffled sounds from basinski's disintegration loops a bit...

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Re: Disturbed Earth - Butterfly [New Release!]
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2008, 07:15:22 PM »
Kreutzfeldt--yes, sound quality is excellent (see other topic I started on this yesterday).  Not just that, but it sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday, very modern not "dated" at all.  I didn't even know anyone was doing this kind of stuff so long ago. I mean I know Steve Hillage (Rainbow Dome Musick) but this is way more droney and "modern ambient" sounding.  I agree with Michuda--one of the best releases by far this year.

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Re: Disturbed Earth - Butterfly [New Release!]
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2008, 05:19:07 AM »
Kreutzfeldt--yes, sound quality is excellent (see other topic I started on this yesterday).  Not just that, but it sounds like it could have been recorded yesterday, very modern not "dated" at all.  I didn't even know anyone was doing this kind of stuff so long ago. I mean I know Steve Hillage (Rainbow Dome Musick) but this is way more droney and "modern ambient" sounding.  I agree with Michuda--one of the best releases by far this year.

yeah i saw your topic after i had posted. clumsy me... i was actually turned off a bit by how modern and 'excellent' it sounded :) i really like to hear the materials involved in the recording and production of drones. all the grit and hisses.

the presentation text mentions some remediations the recording as undergone, but doesnt say what happened from mp3 to cd. im just wondering how much mastering has been done on the recording, as i was totally expecting something else after having read about it. if i hadn't read the text but just heard the samples, i would probably just have thought of it as a pretty cool soundscape disc and moved on. but this paradox of sound has intrigued me ;)
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Re: Disturbed Earth - Butterfly [New Release!]
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2008, 05:29:17 AM »
As far as I know - there really hasn't been much done to the master.   Dean recorded it on reel-to-reel.   At some point he transferred from tape to a little mp3 recorder he has.   Since he no longer has access to the original tapes - he only has the mp3 version.  The cdr is in fact the same release as the download except we've converted the mp3 to wav for the cdr.  Dean is such a "clean" recording musician - and he doesn't really use a computer much for audio.

I'll double check that no one did any significant re-mastering or tweaking since the original 1977 recording.   I don't think so - but hey, I could be wrong.   :-)

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