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The Living Archive of Underground Music - tape of the month by Don Campau,2005:3c97ffa04259302b50e3474463307366/tape_of_the_month Textpattern 2020-10-17T16:36:36Z Jim Santo Don Campau 2018-03-27T18:34:11Z 2018-03-27T18:38:26Z Herzliyya Boardwalk String Sextet presents Godzillas In The East,2018-03-27:3c97ffa04259302b50e3474463307366/41283ab6eb084c9e45331a72ef93b88c Herzliyya Boardwalk String Sextet
Godzillas In The East
released in 1989

I can’t remember how I came into contact with Joseph Copolovich and heard his project The Herzliyya Boardwalk String Sextet. The fact that it was from Israel was really cool to me then, kind of exotic and far away and I had not received many tapes from that area.
The music was truly alien: a kind of jagged but lush assemblage of scraping, rubbing, dismantling and reforming of brittle and unfamiliar surfaces coated by abuse but also dynamic and full of wondrous shapes. There is confusion and chaos, sure, but there is also a continuity of form and a type of development with highs and lows and peaks and valleys.This is music to immerse oneself in, not use as background or reading material. It is like trying to describe a color to a blind person , mysterious but rooted in the earth with grit and dirt and pieces of broken violins and plumbing and construction material.

Herzliyya Boardwalk String Sextet, "Godzillas In The East"

Herzliyya Boardwalk String Sextet, “Godzillas In The East”

from Joseph Copolovich

At the time i was fascinated by tape collage and was “researching” it. It started with classic old nww albums through to like-minded artists such as hnas. Then discovered the more 
“Classical” rots via Stockhausen, Pierre Henry. I tend to be very thorough which eventually led me to the tape scene and at some point i wanted to try it out myself with a 4track and some effects and whatever i could find. Never been a musician. It was the fun of experimenting in making weird sounds and networking with people with similar interests.
Kinda amazing having doing that back in the days of no internet or emails, when everything was through letters (and sometimes phone calls or face to face meet ups when traveling). Now that everything is pretty much a a keyboard hit away, its not as exciting.

Don Campau 2018-01-03T23:27:07Z 2018-01-03T23:30:14Z Wound: experiment "Compiled Wounds",2018-01-03:3c97ffa04259302b50e3474463307366/47c2b5400d1f1d6c23bdb9320a23340f Listen/download this tape here

Wound:experiment was the project of Sascha Kaminski, at that time based in Bremen, Germany. This was always one of my favorite tapes on the audiofile label and the tracks wove their way through many moods and textures similar to the way Lieutenant Caramel or Brume did. This cassette was compiled from several tapes that came before and the liner notes indicate that the sources were from IRRE, and some other German labels.

On discogs I found some evidence of other material by Kaminski. He had a tape in 1993 called “Traumpfad” and there may have been others or compilation tracks by I am not finding much.

Don Campau 2016-05-26T12:37:54Z 2016-05-26T13:01:51Z Francisco Lopez "Sample 4",2016-05-26:3c97ffa04259302b50e3474463307366/42af21074cdc54e49982c75081aff0e7 Francisco Lopez Sample 4
Hyades Arts 1990 Spain

Most anyone familiar with Lopez’ body of work may be surprised to hear this particular tape. In place of the immersive and dynamic white noise field of sound this is an Ensoniq keyboard produced affair with actual melodic invention, at least on side one.There appears to be little or no overdubbing and the resulting keyboard jabbings are angular and almost rhythmic in places. The melodies start and stop and poke their heads through doorways.

Francisco Lopez, "Sample 4"

Francisco Lopez, “Sample 4”

Side two is a drum machine exposition ( possibly using the ensoniq keyboard ) with effected accents. It maintains a rhythmic pulse for 8-9 minutes and then switches to a different looping sequence with odd toms and strange effects. Completely different from side one and another unexpected experience from Señor Lopez.

There was a rumor for a time that Francisco had disowned these early recordings but when I asked him during an interview on this matter he disputed that only claiming that the keyboard was limiting and was not up to further exploration.

In my opinion, Francisco Lopez is one of the most important sound artists working within his particular realm of sound or noise. This is highly subjective of course but I personally have always derived rich emotional experiences from his tapes and CDs. He continues to create today and I am always interested to see where he goes.

Don Campau 2016-01-23T14:47:02Z 2016-01-23T14:58:03Z Timothy Gilbert "Come And See",2016-01-23:3c97ffa04259302b50e3474463307366/ccff98a0b325f2bd0a38983a70bf5e44 Timothy Gilbert “Come And See”
Fowl Deed Productions 1987
Wichita, KS USA

I began trading tapes with Timo in around 1986 or so. I can’t recall if he contacted me first or if I read a review of one of his tapes in Option or Sound Choice. We exchanged quite a few letters and tapes and were friends of a sort. I even met him once in England at a party in Camberley which was also attended by Mick Magic, Morgan Bryan, Fred Frantic, my wife Robin O’Brien and members of Robin’s family who lived there at the time. That was a party to remember.
Gilbert always had a bitter and sarcastic side which reared its head and was easily seen in his music. He could also be very tender and revealing. He continued to send me tapes into the 2000’s but after awhile he faded and I rarely heard from him. I found out later he went into acting even appearing on British TV from time to time. Timo was quite a character and a tremendous guitarist, singer and songwriter. I have dozens of his tapes but this one from 1987 is still one of my personal favorites.

Timothy Gilbert "Come And See" , 1987

Timothy Gilbert “Come And See” , 1987

This 1987 tape from expat American ( has lived in The UK for decades now), was always one of my favorites from this sarcastic and highly talented singer and guitarist. In addition to songs “Timo” included some freak out elements of a highly psychedelic nature making this a swirling, hallucinatory adventure. Recorded while he was still in Wichita, he later moved to England and continued producing home recorded music for some years and then sort of stopped and went into acting.

Side YO Fear Of Love
Byron’s Dead
Calling San Jose
Comes With Love( NO One Told Me)
Lonesome Promenade
Glass Faces

Side BLEH ( Cottage Cheese From Hell)
Death Of One*
Ich Haben Geld
I Read The Funnies
Premonition ( Don’t Go!)
Over The Rainbow
Fall Down Go Boom**

lyrics by Pete Studtmann

  • control tower voice-Teri Mott

Don Campau 2013-12-13T00:59:08Z 2013-12-13T18:49:38Z Screamin' Popeyes "Save The Brainforest",2013-12-12:3c97ffa04259302b50e3474463307366/412b9321c8dafa6f4d45f3a382c525e8 Information about this highly talented and entertaining American home taper ensemble and link to free download of the tape.