Archived Pages from 20th Century!!
So, for the next twelve hours I sat, strapped to my desk in front of a rickety old Mac IIvx, fiddling with Macromind's sound-edit pro. Despite numerous crashes, restarts and general time delays, I wound up with a little tune I like to call ;-) Plane. Unfortunately stupid PCs cant let you use ';' in a file name so I've been forced to rename it 'Plane'. Annoying huh!
If there is such a musical category as lo-fi paranoid trance then this is its defining piece. I hope you enjoy it, even though at such a compression you lose quite a bit. In my experience the best way to listen to sounds off a computer is either through an huge stereo, or through headphones.
All of the sounds were 8 bit, 22Khz samples of things I had to hand on my desk using the standard apple microphone. The speech and 'beat' came from a message left by dave parry on my answering machine. Other noises came from the sound of the modem connecting, the mike being dangled in a wine glass, and me tapping my fingernails onto the desk. (I may also have used a steel ruler to create a boing noise but then discarded it.)
The finished stereo article exists on a DAT where it takes up 16mb as a 22khz 8bit file. The file I have here for you to download and play has been reduced to 11Mhz/8bit with 6:1 comression. You'll need something like Wham for the PC to play it. Other platforms, use anything which will support the .aiff sound format. I looked about but not being a unix person, could not even begin to find anything. If you know of any pointers to appropriate aiff players for other platforms then send me some mail with the URL and I'll update this space. If there is a simple way of converting .aiff files to .au files on a mac could someone let me know as well.
When some insane benefactor decides that the world would be far worse off without me then I will attempt building longer fractal compositions by exploiting the inherant chaos within the sounds of traffic and water using 48khz, 16bit samples (DAT quality)