The Slaughtergate Tapes

by Dick Nixon Arisen

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First Album.
Five copies of this got made; as I understand it. That's about 3 too many; one copy never left Kevin's D&D bag but was slowly ground into a fine powder as the decade wore on. One is in my lap right now. The album was 20 minutes long, so average track length was about 1:15 or so. That's probably still true. I recorded this album on windows sound recorder, with a fisher-price tape deck and dollarstore headphones, so that I could hear the track I was overdubbing on. Most tracks still have tape button clicks in them. Musically there isn't much here. I am out of tune, out of touch with myself and the world, off-key, and off the mark. Perhaps there is something which could be salvaged in "Ragged" and "3 dark dogs". This is the album of a twelve-year old, rather than that of a young man of nineteen. Hey, I had fun though. There are themes that I return to that started here, specifically the phrase "the sun is a star". It's kind of how I try to center my worldview, to remember that all of those points of light out there are suns, that the big thing we see, the thing that sustains us, is just one of those, up close.

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released January 1, 2000

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