Some features are buoyed by great writing, others by great insight, but this piece succeeds by nature of pulling back the curtain on an artist's thoughts, however briefly. If nothing else, it's a brilliant selection of tunes to entertain you on a Tuesday evening.
The infamous DJ Guy has given us a quick look into five of his own archived tapes. The first four tracks are from 1994 and the last one is from 1992 - an insight into the sustained quality of Guy’s productions.
Over to Guy...
1) This is a track from my Bandcamp album titled 'Archived Tracks 1994 Vol.2'. It was recorded at home using an Amiga computer running Octamed software and all played though an Alesis Quadraverb effects unit. This track was included on the cassette release of my Crisis Urbana (Detroit label) album back in 2014. Really like this track. Lots of 8 bit drum samples, things like pitched down hihats etc. This was just recorded as a quick jam session really.
2) This is a track from my Bandcamp album titled 'Archived Tracks 1994 Vol.1'. Again it was recorded at home using an Amiga computer running Octamed software and all played though an Alesis Quadraverb effects unit. The chord sounds are from a Casio CZ1000 synth. Quite a long track (13mins). Check out the square wave LFO on the pitch at 10mins!
3) This one is from 'Archived Tracks 1994 Vol.2' and is quite a crazy track. Again using Amiga computer etc.. The main thing noticeable about this track is the effects from the Quadraverb effects unit. I think i was using a delay time of 1ms..2ms...3ms.. which gave the whole track a certain pitch/tone effect. Getting seriously deep messing with the Quadreverb effects settings, Mid range sweep EQ and the phaser effects. Again this was just a jam, recorded live on to cassette.
4) Again this one is from 'Archived Tracks 1994 Vol.2'. Another heavy techno track made on the Amiga computer and the Alesis Quadraveb effects unit. This is actually the Quadraverb GT (later model) which had distortion/compression and amplifier cabinet emulation. Throughout the track i'm basically trying to improvise the sequences, trying to help the track build etc.. whilst also frantically trying to change the effects on the Quadraverb.
5) This is from my Bandcamp album titled 'Archived Tracks 1992' and was one my earliest tracks. Created using a 4-track tape recorder, a Casio SK1 sampler a drum machine, a Casio CZ1000 synth and a Seiko MR1000 sequencer. I remember the MR1000 sequencer was probably the worst sequencer in the world. To sync stuff up you had to manually move a tempo control, a bit like using a pitch control on a turntable. Looking back, I'm actually quite amazed that this track is synced together so well..haa haa”.