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Hal McGee's Ear Tampons

by Hal McGee and collaborators

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Aleatorium 03:36


A collection of 11 recordings by Hal McGee, solo and in collaboration (with Dave Fuglewicz and Paramutual Operator), collected here together for the first time as an album, recorded and originally released online at halmcgee. com in the last seven months of 2007. Live and home studio recordings: noise, electronic, 4-track cassette works, microcassette tape collage.

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01 Dave Fuglewicz and Hal McGee with Paramutual Operator Live at Tampa Noise Fest, June 9, 2007
Dave Fuglewicz - ARP 2600, Hal McGee - Moog Voyager, Jen Abell (Paramutual Operator) - Moog Rogue synthesizer. Free form analog synthesizer space exploration music featuring two members of The Analog Synthesizer Ensemble (Jen Abell and Hal McGee) and Dave Fuglewicz. Original recording by Andrew Chadwick (Ironing).

02 Hal McGee: benttapecircuitfuck
Recorded Tuesday, August 7, 2007. Circuit bent Casio SK-1, Fostex X-12 4-track cassette recorder, Behringer Eurorack UB802.

03 Hal McGee: Aleatorium
Created with circuit bent Casio SK-1 and SK-5 (both bent by Waterhed), a glorious $100 Fostex X-12 4-track cassette recorder, and an equally glorious $50 Behringer Eurorack UB802 mixer. The angrier, more agitated, more irritated and more depressed I get ... the more productive I get!

04 Hal McGee: Live at Action Research 7
Recorded live, Wednesday, October 24, 2007, at Action Research show #7, 2nd Street Bakery, Gainesville, Florida. Hal McGee presented a no-input-mixer feedback performance, utilizing Behringer UB802 mixer, Moog MF-102 Ring Modulator, Moog MF-104Z Analog Delay, Alesis Microverb III, Marshall MG10 amplifier. Recorded on a Sony TCM-200DV cassette recorder.

05 Hal McGee: Sandwichism
A microcassette cut-up collage by Hal McGee, featuring the voice of Jen Sandwich, and sounds recorded in and near her home in Palmetto, Florida - and Brad Kokay too.

06 Hal McGee: Live at Unbalanced Connection 42
Excerptage of live performance recording at the University of Florida School of Music, Room 102, on Friday, November 9, 2007. Hal McGee on Moog Etherwave Theremin, circuit bent Casio Rapman, cassette field recordings from the hours preceding the show, circuit bent Casio SK-1, shortwave radio, Moog MF-102 Ring Modulator, and Moog MF-104 Analog Delay. The performance was actually about 10-11 minutes long. At one point during the performance I must have bumped the Open/Close button on the front of the Harman/Kardon TD 420 cassette deck that I was using to record the show... As soon as I noticed I resumed recording. I can barely notice where it stops and starts again. Any way, I think that it is a killer recording of a performance that at the time I did not like too much, because I couldn't hear it well (stage monitor was not positioned properly and not turned up loud enough).

07-10 Hal McGee: Positive Anger 01-04
Here are recordings of minimal synthesizer noise music, with a touch of that old school 1980s harsh industrial power electronics flavor -->> created with the Little Boy Blue synth, Moog MF-102 Ring Modulator, Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi Distortion (Russian-made), Moog MF-104 Analog Delay, Alesis Microverb III digital reverb, all patched back into Behringer Eurorack UB802 mixer in a feedback loop. All four improvised tracks were recorded live in Hal's home studio, direct to cassette, Friday, November 23, 2007.

08 Hal McGee: Live at Action Research 8
Hal McGee recorded live at Action Research show #8, Friday, November 17, 2007, at Tim & Terry's, Gainesville, Florida. I played Custom Black Edition Little Boy Blue analog synthesizer [by Flower Electronics], Moog MF-102 Ring Modulator, Electro-Harmonix Big Muff Pi Distortion (Russian-made), Moog MF-104 Analog Delay, Alesis Microverb III digital reverb, all patched back into Behringer Eurorack UB802 mixer in a feedback loop. This performance was a sort of high water mark for me as an artist, and I count it as a highlight in my life. I had been working toward this kind of sound, and I finally found it! After I performed K. Paul commented that it sounded like "Italian Futurist Macho Electronics". When he said this I just about literally laughed my ass off because just the day before I had re-read The Art Of Noises Manifesto (1913) by Luigi Russolo. Then K. Paul started quoting some lines from Futurist leader F.T. Marinetti's poem "the Battle Of Adrianople" (which is included in Russolo's piece). Check out the ultra sonic high-pitched harmonic modulation and the bone-shaking low bass tones. The bass was especially awesome, and K. Paul said of the music I played that it possessed big low-hanging balls made of pig iron. LOL. Recorded by K. Paul. This recording includes plenty of audience sounds and comments after the performance.


released November 17, 2007




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