Black Body was the third cassette tape release of Hal McGee's solo project Dog As Master. I recorded this album with a Fostex X-15 four-track cassette recorder. This is one of the best and one of my favorite Dog As Master albums, and is highly recommended as a good starting place for getting acquainted with DAM. One 36 minute tape collage, meticulously laid out in overlapping layers of shrill Moog synthesizer trills and patterns, cascades of tape cut-ups, voice choruses, and noise blasts from a Commodore 64 data cassette. This took me about six months to create. Black Body is noisy and chaotic, yet highly listenable, with a thrilling and high energy electronic sound. Symphonic grandeur, positive anger, with a touch of Residents whimsy. Released on the Cause And Effect label. Originally released on cassette in 1985, C37
review by Alessandro Aiello, Constrictor, 1985:
"BLACK BODY is a strong suite that has the same serenity and awareness of a powerful precious work even if it's composed of a cluster of sound-noise-music and by a series of pauses, models of sounds. McGee's answer to the high concept of creating a connection with serial electronic music."
A black body is an object that absorbs all electromagnetic radiation that falls onto it. No radiation passes through it and none is reflected, yet in classical physics, it can theoretically radiate any possible wavelength of energy.
released 01 May 1985
Hal McGee: electronics, tapes manipulations
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