36 minute bruitistic tape collage of overlapping layers of shrill Moog synthesizer patterns, noise blasts from a Commodore 64 data cassette, orgasm and sex noises, cascades of tape cut-ups, distorted electric guitar, voice choruses, spoken word, sirens, alarm clock, organ drones. Noisy and chaotic, with a high energy electronic sound.
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 took me about six months to create.
- Originally released on cassette in 1985, C37, on the Cause And Effect label.
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.
- Black Body was mastered on a Fuji FR Metal Type IV 46-minute cassette tape, with no Dolby Noise Reduction.