#06 - The Magnet Of Green

by Top Banana

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    Good looking green cassette, ferric tape, C30.
    Come packed in handmade wooly envelope crafted by the pattern artist Angela Rosa Gastaldo.

    This is part of the TAPE SERIES by TOP BANANA.

    Digital and "analog" cover designed by Top Banana using a modular video synthesizer.
    Watch the video on the credits below for more info.

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While recording the sixth tape of our series our beloved Tascam 246 (we used for the previous 5 tapes) suddenly stopped working, leaving us, after days of recordings and the EP nearly completed, again at the starting point. You can't playback (and record in your DAW) a tape recorded on a 4 track recorder from a standard cassette deck and have the "song" you recorded there.
1st: speed is different, 4 track recorders basically record at higher speed than a standard cassette deck/walkman.
2nd: 4 track recorders record two tracks on one side of the tape, two tracks on the other side (this was a technical desing decision we are not going to discuss here). You use just one side of the tape when using a 4 track recorder... so if you playback your tape on a standard deck and you listen to side A you have 2 tracks lowered in pitch and speed, if you listen to side B you have the other 2 tracks, lowered in pitch and speed, playing backwards. To the equation we must add a lot of noise, maybe coming from the tracks on the other side of the tape, well, at the end, this equation is not bad at all. And so we did, we listened some of our old recordings, we produced for the series using our Tascam, on our standard tape deck. We discovered with delight an incredible scenario of alien and noisy soundscapes. Tracks #2 and #3 was born cutting and sequencing some of this material on Protools. Track #1 was recorded into Protools and then bounced on our cassette deck to get "that sonic congruency". Well the tape compression, if you push really hard a chrome cassette, really makes it thicker. Anyway we hope to get the problem on the 246 fixed, we have a lost, almost complete tape to release and other tapes we'd love to record using that terrific piece of gear.
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Recorded and mixed by Top Banana using analog and digital technologies.
This album is the sixth one on a sequence of 12 called TAPE SERIES, one release per month, from January 2014 to December 2014.

Digital streaming and download is each time associated to a limited physical edition of 1, on tape cassette, with handcrafted packaging.
This tape cassette is the only analog copy around the globe.


released June 30, 2014

This work is released by MEGAPHONE - www.megaphone.it

Graphic design by Top Banana, please check out this video and see how the cover was born - youtu.be/RPooSkBMyKY

Spacecraft communicator is Cor10

Music by Top Banana

Huge thanks to you and all the Megaphone collective for the support



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Top Banana is a daily electronic experience which combines love for psychedelic music and video art.

Top Banana are Dorothy Kinkaiaard
& Jonathan Kiwi.

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