Dead Hand Decision is a microcassette duo collaboration by Dave Fuglewicz and Hal McGee. Fuglewicz and McGee each recorded 62 minutes of sounds (VST and analog synths, office machines, sounds of everyday life) on microcassettes. McGee then created two rough and raw improvised collage mixes of about 31 minutes each. Recorded October 2012.
Dave Fuglewicz says:
I accepted Hal's micro-cassette collaboration invitation with a jubilant and justified gusto. Alas, I had just put a vast and weighty hurt upon the muscles of my back and was more or less confined to the rigors of either a desk chair, whether at home or at work, or my bed. The pain I was feeling prompted me to not be very adventurous in my choice of recording settings, mainly confining it to my computer speakers at my desk. Though I did capture a bit of the office machinery monsters where I work. Recently I had discovered an intriguing VST called Phasm2 by Eric Langou, and I used that for the majority of the sounds I made for the collaboration. I also pulled out some of my trusty, old-school free-standing software synths, Rollosonic, Granulab and Synthia to round my sounds out. Hal took what I recorded, added his own audio wizardry and produced this micro-masterpiece; "Dead Hand Decision". It is a stupendous example of artistic synergy, the whole being light years greater than the component pieces.
I had a blast doing this and I know you will enjoy it with extreme pleasure. Volume: turn it up to eleven.
released October 27, 2012
- Phasm2 VST: majority synth sounds side 1 and 2
- Ricoh copier and Ativa paper shredder on side 1
- On side 2 last 1/3
-- Granulab with Vectrave VST wav file as source
- Korg Monotron, Monotron Duo and Monotron Delay analog synths
- ukulele, vuvuzela, kazoo, garbage can lid, contact mic
- "field" recordings
thanks to members of Canned Ham
Mark McGee: percussion
A.J. Herring: trombone, banjo