Artist: Cinema Recorded Music Library
Title: They Nicknamed Me Evil
Catalogue Number: RUG86
Year of Release: 1999
A They Nicknamed Me Evil
B1 The Beating
B2 Pursuit Of Evil
B3 Stalk The Discotheque
B4 Electro Killer
B5 Anything With A Pulse
B6 Music Box
B7 Tone Death
Cinema Recorded Music Library! So good I bought it twice! (See photos above for clarification).
What I wanted this post to be about was what I'll loosely term "Things that only work in the specific medium they are in". Chris Ware's Building Stories; David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest; David Lynch's Inland Empire; things that could not be achievable even, in any other medium.
William Basinki's Disintegration Loops are an example I come back to time and again, but for slightly different reasons. In those pieces, he recorded the sound that the tape-loops he had previously recorded made when played back many years later. So the source was unrepeatable and unique, rather than the medium of listening to them.
Perhaps if I'd recorded an hour long mix of these two seven inch singles, that would be similar to WB's work. Perhaps.
The A-side is a 3-4 minute piece of spooky instrumental, Exorcist-type piano riffing and bass synth throbs, plus a vocal sample that includes the track's title.
There's a great visual gag, where the record has been pressed such that as the sound of a door creaking open plays, the grooves in the record are massively spaced out, so that the movement of the tonearm describes a door creaking open, as it plays the sound of a door creaking open. Only in this medium, see?
The A-side finishes on a locked groove of the piano motif, potentially playing into infinity, or at least until the power runs out.
The B-side gives you 7 other locked grooves to play with, all fitting with the tempo of the A-side, so that if you had, say, two copies, you could have literally endless fun.
Many other information sources about this record list track 8 as also being a locked groove. I think this is incorrect. It is the vocal sample from the A-side, then silence, going into a standard silent run-in groove.
Fun, fun, fun. And what? This record is 14 years old? When did that happen?
Glad to be back, hoping to post weekly from, erm, now-ish.