reanimator – 2003 – music to slit wrists by [SFR017]
Now available for $10: Reanimator’s “Music to Slit Wrists By.” Reanimator follows through with his work on Sage Francis’ “Personal Journals” and “A Healthy Distrust” with this beautiful and dark instrumental mix that spans 27 tracks, all consisting of layered samples and moody instrumentation.
“It took probably 3 years to make. I had put together most of the basic songs in about 2 years and then the last year was spent merging songs and interludes to make it flow mostly in a continuous manner for 80 minutes, and mixing everything down and mastering it.” –Reanimator
01. My Next Guest (mp3 snippet)
02. This Is Much More Than Your Fat Gold Chain
03. Socially Positive (Main)
04. Everything You Know Is Wrong (mp3 snippet, youtube)
05. Much Better
06. Everything Disintegrates
07. Perfect World
08. Symphony Number Thirty-Nine
10. When Summer Turns To Snow (mp3 snippet)
11. Contemplate (Version One)
14. Check One Two (mp3 snippet)
16. Live Session
17. Contemplate (Version Two)
18. Old Recordings
19. I Feel Good Today
20. Eleven Minutes to Prepare
21. Just Imagine
22. Attack the Wack
23. The Line
24. Song for the Grady Sisters
25. End Theme
27. Socially Positive (Reprise)
ten album to 80-cio minutowa podroz przez mroczny, instrumentalny hip-hop, sklejany z sampli – jak sam reanimator pisze – z mniej znanych albumow. jednak co jakis czas slychac tu i tam znane “smaczki”.
polecam, nieprzecietny album.
sam autor wypowiada sie o albumie:
“Hopefully, not too many of the samples are easily recognizable. I didn’t necessarily intend to try to use rare samples by any means, nor do I spend alot of money on rare records, I mainly tried to use records that typically weren’t sampled much, except for the breaks.
Anyway, the album is primarily all samples from records and old tapes of things I’ve recorded over time. In addition, the instruments/equipment I used were…
- Fender Rhodes Suitcase Model Electric Piano
- Wurlitzer EP-200A Electric Piano
- Korg MS-10 Synthesizer
- Ensoniq ASR-10 Sampler
- Sonic Foundry Acid
- Sonic Foundry Sound Forge
- Technics SL-1200 Turntable
The album was sequenced mostly in Acid, not really for it’s looping functionality, but more so because PCs have so much RAM, that it made it easier to hold large sections of audio at a time. Also, the timeline interface made it much easier to see larger parts as a whole rather than trying to sequence on a hardware piece, like an ASR or MPC, whose functionality is usually based on stringing together smaller events. Also, with Acid, it made it much easier to zoom in real close to make sure all drum hits in a break were falling precisely with the hits of the other samples since there are a lot of layers going on at times and I didn’t necessarily want to quantize to any standard meter. Instead, I moved events to hit with whatever sample had the groove I wanted to match, which is tough to do on hardware samplers.
It took probably 3 years to make. I had put together most of the basic songs in about 2 years and then the last year was spent merging songs and interludes to make it flow mostly in a continuous manner for 80 minutes, and mixing everything down and mastering it. No real funny stories about it except that I had to do tons of little trimming here and there to get it to 80 minutes and still have the elements I wanted to be on there. It started out originally at about 120 minutes and then I removed and merged a bunch of songs to get it to about 85. Then, I just kept trimming little pieces to get it to 80. I kind of wanted it to flow like a mixtape. If I do another album, I would probably keep it in a more proper song format because sometimes the songs on Music to Slit Wrists By seem a little short if you consider them individual songs.
There are a few elements here and there that re-appear on Sage’s Healthy Distrust. Sage heard some early versions of the album if I recall. One of the earlier versions had a stripped down version of what ended up being “Strange Famous Mullet Remover”.
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