Monday, January 05, 2004

I wanted to find an image of the "home taping is killing music" record industry propoganda from the 70's and 80's.

The first thing I discovered is that "home taping is killing music" is the name of some British dance music thing which I really don't have the time or the inclination to explore. Maybe you do.

Then I discovered this. "Home taping is killing music" was the title of an apparently classic 1982 album by the New York punk band Porcelain God. I probably won't buy it, but these were musicians after my own heart!
Phil Spector is credited with the Wall Of Sound, but on this CD Billy Syndrome brings you the Ceiling Of Sound. This is a multi-tracked production recorded on a $5 budget!! Billy took two shitty cheap mono tape recorders and recorded live with the previous tracks playing on the other tape recorder in the background. This process achieves tones and rings of distortion to insanity levels and is just so fucked up it needs to be heard to be believed. Billy Syndrome in 2002 dares anyone to produce such a ill sounding recording. With the death of condensor microphones in boom boxes, in 2002 YOU CAN"T DO THIS ANYMORE.
Rock and roll!