Little is known about these strange red tapes found by chance in a old card-box discarded since the 80’s. One title a side, no box, no artist name. Each title lasts 30 minutes, in between ambient, drones and synthetic chaos. When had these parts been written ? Who is the composer ? In order to share this intense solar music and maybe find the author of this hidden treasure, Poor Records decided to (re) master these tapes and release them in a digital format.
"I believe your red tapes might just be a pair of old "Musak" style tapes, here. These are basically classical / light orchestral music recorded and owned by a company like Musak - there were several all around the world and a few in the UK too. These tapes look normal but they can only be played on their own Musak tape playing machines, which, once you employed the company to provide your mall with endless Musak, were installed, and regular new tapes were also provided. As you know, muzak is played as background in the malls etc, and the idea of these unique tapes and unique players was to simply stop the tapes beings stolen and played elsewhere. The tapes all run at odd speeds and normally backwards, sometimes they are upside down too, and this possibly explains what you are hearing. Basically they sound exactly like Musak tapes I have had in the past, which all came from a UK bingo hall and sounded just like this when played through a standard tape playing machine. If you played them on the right machine, you'd hear the right music. But then again I might be wrong. Best wishes, Jonny"
Jonny Trunk / Trunk Records (UK)
"Very strange trip ! Very immersive and cinematographic. The perfect soundtrack for a dystopian anticipation movie or for a long session of drug-induced meditation. Fans of Wiliam Basinski should feel at home."
POL / Poor Records, Helvet Underground (CH)
"Dense, strange electronics. Just my type of thing!"
James Thirkettle / Beep Beep Beep (UK)
"This is an excellent release! Love the ambient drones, very atmospheric. Will give it a whirl on Cam o'r Tywyllwch very soon."
Rhys Edwards / Peski Records (UK)
"Freekin' crazy business right here !"
George Sadlik / Junk Beats