Banjo Problems is a microcassette duo collaboration by M.Stactor and Hal McGee. Stactor and McGee each recorded 62 minutes of sounds on microcassettes. McGee then created two rough and raw improvised collage mixes of about 31 minutes each. The long collages were then broken into eight shorter tracks.
released November 8, 2012
M.Stactor sound sources and equipment:
floor tom, ping pong ball, plastic drinking straw, kalimba, antique candy tin, hand drum, cymbal, found-in-the-garbage acoustic guitar, scouring pad, small piece of cloth, deflated balloon, small chain, styrofoam, bendy plastic CD thing, violin bow, mallets, slinky toy, plastic comb, small spring, chopsticks, street-cleaner tines, egg slicer, battery-operated engraving tool, moustache, glass candle holder, battery-operated cocktail mixer, Olympus Pearlcorder S711 microcassette recorder and prepared tapes, contact mic, voice, Peavey Rage 128 amplifier. Recorded using an RCA RP3538 microcassette recorder (built-in mic). Recorded by M.Stactor at Electric Nest Of The Cloud Ants, Toronto, Oct. 3, 2012.
Hal McGee sound sources and objects:
tenor and baritone ukulele, recordings of dudes jamming at a local music store, grocery store checkout line, circuit bent Rapman, Monotron synths, Pignose amp, vuvuzela, kazoo, bamboo, melodica, contact microphone, coins, theremin, talking with music store clerk as I buy the baritone uke, Casio SA-47 keyboard, voice, Casio VL-1 ... Recorded using a Sony M-470 microcassette recorder with built-in mic, October and November 2012, Gainesville, Florida, USA.
SPECIAL THANKS to members of Canned Ham:
Mark McGee - percussion
A.J. Herring - who actually played the banjo on the album, coins
Bulky Acronym - electronics, percussion, keyboard
Cover art by W.A.Davison.