David Cunningham - the secret dub life of the flying lizards
  Year :   1995
  Location :   England
  Worktype :   CD Album
  Materials:   -
  Info :   piano 501. Available from http://www.stalk.net/piano/pianocat.htm

  Work Details  
  The source tapes for this CD were recorded in Jamaica by Jah Lloyd (Patrick Francis) as part of a series he made for Virgin Records Front Line label. The original tapes were not released and were offered to me by Front Lines Jumbo Vanrennen with the suggestion that I should remix the music. I accepted the project, expecting lots of time in one of Virgin s studios to play with the music and the equipment, only to be presented with a mono master tape of the music. So I began to invent (or perhaps re-invent) techniques of editing, looping, filtering and subtraction to deal with unremixable mono material (these were the days before samplers). the subsequent work took a long time; as I thought it might be something of an indulgence I only worked on it at weekends and evenings rather than let it interfere with other projects. The techniques used here expanded my vocabulary of musical electronic (as opposed to electronic music) treatments and appear in a very different form on records made at that time and thereafter, notably Fourth Wall my collaboration with Patti Palladin and my production work on Michael Nyman s records. The original players remain unidentified, Jah Lloyd used various combinations of musicians but did not indicate who played on which tracks. This year I added the preface and postscript using a similar approach as in 1978 but with the technology of 1995, partly to make the CD a decent length, partly to find out what effect a different technology would have, and additionally in recognition of the continuing influence this work has had on my approach to the recording studio. David Cunningham may 1995