I’m in the middle of yet another move. (Five cities, eight major moves in 20 years.) My desktop DAW is packed away in storage until we sell this house and buy a new one which could be months. I don’t feel too put out by that considering that leaves with me a laptop, M-Audio FW interface, two external disks and a pair of studio headphones. Yea, times are tough ;)
At every move I get very cruel about throwing away personal junk that’s accumulated over the years. The last time I did a preening of 100s of cassette tapes. Some of these tapes were random records I recorded to play in my car 25 years ago, some were ‘rare’ recordings taped of the radio and TV (John Lennon presenting at the Grammies, Allman Bros. bootlegs). A huge amount of them were recordings made in my garage with friends and solo. They were pretty crappy, really, so cutting back to a few dozen “essential” four-track cassettes and my orchestral projects from school seemed like a reasonable place to draw the line.
That was the last move.
This time I got seriously vicious. All cassettes are gone. They’re at the Berkeley Muni Dump for anybody that cares. No? That’s my point exactly.
What that leaves me with is my digital catalog which starts sometime in the early 90’s. The earliest are Cakewalk projects of original guitar instrumentals. While I doubt I well ever open an instance of Cakewalk/Sonar ever again (and it would be a biblical size miracle if my Cakewalk 2 projects open in a version of the software since revised 18 times!) I do have the projects and audio versions backed up and packed away in a few hundred CDs.
One of the first of these was a compilation (“album” if you will) that I dubbed “Trouble With Friends.” The title is a reference to the Berenstein Bears children’s books that were permeating my life at the time. I took a break from packing last night when I ran across that disc and couldn’t resist popping it into the PC. It’s not genius but it does represent the best “touch” I’ve had for the guitar before or since.
At once I noticed that these were done long before I had the WAVES mastering tools and I figured one last project before I pack the DAW would be to ‘remaster’ the final WAVs and post a few. Here they are with one of the new snazzy Y! players: