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Retro - Which is not unduly obvious, as I am about to explain
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Retro
I got a great birthday present today from my friend Mark!

I used to have a Uher model back in the mid-80s that had once belonged to my father. It had different speeds, and my friends and I used to have a great time making up silly news broadcasts while sounding like The Chipmunks. At the time, Toronto FM radio stations played a lot of comedy shows on Sunday nights - by flipping between stations, you could listen to comedy for four hours straight - including Dr. Demento!

I made lots of recordings from the radio, but in my youthful stupidity, I wanted to use as little tape as possible to capture as much audio as I could, so I recorded at a really slow speed - not realizing I was seriously compromising sound quality.

The Uher eventually broke down, and I've had these reels sitting around forever. I'm hoping I can rescue some fun stuff from them, but ironically a lot of the material is probably out on the Internet in much better quality. This new machine will take some fiddling... I don't understand all the switches yet. There were two-track and four-track players (?) back in the day. I recorded on a two-track, but this one is a four-track player - so I get one speaker playing one side, and the other speaker playing the other side backwards. At least my computer's sound software can block out one of the stereo channels - as long as there's no spillover. Time will tell.

So the first thing I did tonight was rescue a particular song. The sound quality is terrible, because (1) I recorded it at a bad speed, and (2) because I taped over it at some point, trying to make the tape "silent". Thankfully this failed, because the song is still recoverable (if terrible-sounding) - after amplifying the volume ten-fold, slowing the speed by half, removing some of the hiss, and then amplifying the volume again by three. Of course, I may have a "better" copy with a ton of hiss sitting around on a cheap Radio Shack cassette in a shoebox somewhere.

Anyway, after all the trouble, this is the result. I'm dedicating it to momentrabbit!


A tall blue box with a flashing light
     just appeared here,
And from it stepped
     an odd-looking man,
He said the world was in danger -
     Then he asked me the year...?
I couldn't quite understand.

He looked sane enough,
     Well... maybe.
With a floppy hat
     and a long, multi-coloured scarf.
He offered me a jelly-baby,
But his curly hair
     just made me laugh.

I asked his name
     and he told me "The Doctor"
As a stone-age girl
     was just stepping out
She pulled a knife
     but then he stopped her
A strange pair,
     without a doubt.

He looked sane enough,
     Well... maybe.
With a floppy hat
     and a long, multi-coloured scarf.
He offered me a jelly-baby,
But his curly hair
     just made me laugh.



And no, I don't know who performed it.
(edit - Jim Burrill, 1983 album "Vortex" ?)

Current Mood: geeky

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momentrabbit From: momentrabbit Date: May 13th, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
"He looked sane enough! Well.. maybe."

(snicker)

I think I have a better copy - from the same episode of Doctor D, on standard audio cassette - I'll have to see if I can find it. Very neat.

Now I'll have to inflict the theme to "K9 and Company" on you. Muahaha. Ha. Muaha.
From: pobig Date: May 13th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
You can date that song just by what parts of the series it refers to: Tom Baker, between The Face of Evil and the Key to Time, I think.
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