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Fatalist Reality

by SourceCodeX




This composition is the first of many songs to come like this. Most are purely instrumental but a few have some truly unique vocals and even more interesting lyrics. I was around 19 or 20 years old when I recorded these “songs” in the 70s. It was a very formative time for me musically and emotionally. I had gone through some big life changes and had recently discovered jazz rock fusion. I couldn’t afford any decent electric guitar, an amp or effects pedals which drove the music I was into. The closest thing I had was a cheap acoustic guitar that I taught myself to play. I wanted to have a record of my ideas. What I did was a relatively crude method -- but to me – it worked well enough.

So, I bought two Radio Shack cassette recorders. I would hit record and start noodling on my acoustic and stopped playing when the Muse told me to. I would then get second tape recorder ready to record. I would rewind the recorded song on tape recorder one. I would then hit play. Then I would press record on tape recorder 2 and start a “second track” as I played along with initial recording. Oddly though, the cheap Radio Shack tape recorders always played the recorded song 1 back at a different pitch (out of pitch = wrong speed of the initial recording). So I always had to retune my guitar to match the wrong pitch version, be it flat or sharp. It was a huge nuisance! And if I recorded a second song that day on tape recorder 1, I was typically too lazy to retune guitar to be in tune, so by the end of a multiple song recording session, I was wayyyy out of tune.

And with such 50 year old “stems” -- I have decided to bring these 70s flashbacks back to life with my 2024 “echoes”.

I gave gone into the wayback machine and am now remastering and augmenting my bizarre acoustic guitar works and vocals of mine gleaned from the 70s. They were rescued from nearly dead cassette tapes. I plan on releasing a ~ 60-minute collection progressively -- song by song -- here on Bandcamp and then on all major digital distributors. I cover the influences of artists like Bill Connors (acoustic period after Return to Forever), Alain Markusfeld, John McLaughlin, Leo Kottke, and even Captain Beyond’s first amazing release which introduced me to the whole tone scale on my guitar.

There are many alternate tuning pieces and whole tonal scale compositions. I plan on adding some bass lines, new vocals, maybe some synth textures, drums, maybe violin, and a big perhaps... even some banjo.

It will be a huge challenge as I already discussed that the original audio files are not tuned to pitch properly -- due to a myriad of technical issues with incompatible record vs. playback speeds on many different cassette players. So after remastering audio, every song will probably need pitch correction which is a nightmare of trial & error.

But I love a challenge!


released March 29, 2024


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SourceCodeX Washington, D.C.

Multi-instrumentalist specializing in synthesizers and guitar. Been releasing music since 2004. Music promoter at: www.youtube.com/@JazzRockFusionSynthesizerMusic

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