It takes me a long time to read a magazine. This one’s from 1995. I’ve had it on my nightstand for 16 years and am just now unlocking its glitter-ous contents. As a teenager, there was little way of telling what any of this gear did. Some pages are a total confusing mess.
I think I would just read the interminable music theory articles or the Nine Inch Nails concert report. (still used reel-to-reel for their live show, and DX7′s as Midi controllers!) Years later, the gear reviews make a lot more sense. A couple of my particular favorites, the Novation Bass Station and the Studio Electronics SE-1, both came out in 1995 and are reviewed in this issue. (We’ve used both on Psychobuildings tracks.) Then there’s one of the first ads for my favorite live keyboard, the Nord Lead,
and all the amazing / mildly nauseating mid-90s clip art illustrations.
Sorry for the repetition, but Psychobuildings DOES love Grace Jones. A while back my friend Jennifer was hosting a performance art night and asked me to make a Grace Jones karaoke medley for the show. Here’s my cheap MIDI-fied version of Sly and Robbie’s incredibly tasteful production. Nightclubbing, Warm Leatherette, Pull Up To The Bumper…
I was playing a show 4 years ago at West Nile and a 50-something year old man named Steve gave me a dubbed tape (recorded over a Luther Vandross album) as payment for the show. We talked about his old band in the 70s, a sci-fi funk, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters inspired group. The tape is even better than that sounds, and way stranger. It’s a mood piece with some really nice keyboard hooks, abstracted and collaged together. There are three repeating motifs on the tape. Each appears and reappears, with variations and nice Casio improv. Really glad to share this, and I hope Steve gets in contact. I really want to play him some Psychobuildings.