SOUND MACHINE GALLERY

These are the sounds and stories of some of the machines with which I perform music. This section will grow periodically as I add new things.


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Altered Ibanez Delay

I received this device in Los Angeles from a stranger in trade for a guitar I didn’t want. I Added some switches and potentiometers to internally short circuit the delay feedback.


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Library of Congress National Library Service Cassette Player

This robust yellow cassette player was purchased from the now-defunct Baras thrift store in San Diego, CA. It has some track bleed and motor problems that create some unique effects. The tape being played is an audiobook of a romance novel by Ivana Trump.


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Crowncorder Reel to Reel

This reel to reel recorder was purchased as is online. It arrived with a problem in the amplification system that produced internal feedback, but the filters were still operational, enabling it to produce long drones.


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Function Generator

This was purchased in Santa Cruz, CA at garage sale held by the children of a recently-deceased electrical engineer. It is supposed to ed to test signal path in circuits.


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Audiotronics Tutorette 800DM

This Machine was originally used as a classroom teaching aide, and came with sets of picture cards with magnetic audio strips. The sound here is from the magnetic stripe from an airline ticket to Seattle.


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Digitech RP300A ‘Artist’

I found this multieffects pedal sitting under a pile of clothes in the VA thrift shop in San Diego. I makes nice sounds when deliberately put into audio feedback via a mixing console


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Stylophone

A digital reboot of the noodley toy from the 60s, with ‘updated’ samples. I bought this at a garage sale in Santa Cruz and attached a current starve to force to play at extremely slow rates. Much better.


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United Royal Mini Reel Recorder

Purchased from my friend before he moved back to Australia. The tape being played was found in a thrift store with piles of similar tapes


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Zoom 505

Also bought at a garage sale in Santa Cruz from a friend. This is generally regarded as a pretty low-quality item, but when pout into feedback it makes some really nice noises.


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Behringer UB1202FX Mixer

I got this budget mixer when a friend moved away from San Diego. The sound here is channels 1 and 2 in stereo feedback.


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Tonka Playset Sound Box

This item was purchased from now extinct All Electronics in Hollywood, CA. It was found in a large box filled with these things, which I assume were surplus parts from a children’s toy. Its circuitry has been altered.