Tape Machine

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Tape Machine is a 25 minute EP exploring the themes of paranoia, the paranormal, social unrest, dystopia and, even, hope -- in embracing the vastness of our universe and our inevitable doom to oblivion. It's a happy record!

Written over the course of 3 months in early 2012, this EP utilizes a variety of musical technologies and methods to produce R&B/hiphop influenced alternative music and electronic soundscapes (think Cage the Elephant, Beck, Bjork). For example, the opening track, "Begin Transmission," features a Tascam 4-track cassette tape recorder with a looped cassette tape running inside. The sounds captured on tape come from a variety of sources -- both digital and analogue. Good ol' lo-fi, experimental electronica, but that's just the first track!
Other tracks make use of the Tascam 4-track, but the majority use vintage, "toy" keyboards, synth modules, samplers and even iPhone-based synthesizers being sequenced and recorded for further manipulation within Ableton Live.

Instruments abused for this EP include a Yamaha QY70, an iPod Touch running Argon Synth in an Akai SynthStation25, a Zoom SampleTrak ST-224 sampler, Figure for iPhone 4, a Yamaha PSS-130 and a Tascam Porta02 4-track cassette tape recorder being played like an instrument with looped cassette tapes running inside.

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released May 27, 2012

Dale Culp - composer, producer, engineer, keyboardist.

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Letterbox Edition Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Letterbox Edition is a synthpop/experimental electronic project founded by Dale Culp in late December 2011.

Influences include: cosmic radiation, depression, social anxiety and discordia. Follow your doctor's instructions and use only as directed. If symptoms do not subside within 2 to 4 hours, continue usage and abandon all hope.
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Track Name: Ray's Occult Bookstore
CHORUS
I remember the day
old man Ray
opened up his occult bookstore
I remember the day
like it was yesterday
my my, my my, hey hey

VERSE 1
There were crystal gripping hippies
there were right-wing, fundie Christies
They started to pray, "Lord, take this store away!"
'twas a sight to be seen
'til the scene got mean.
There were fights in the alleys
there were riots in the streets.

CHORUS

VERSE 2
He had voodoo glow skulls sitting in the window
He had books on learning how to raise the dead
For a dollar, you could meet ol' Robert Ripley,
and show him things that would make him turn his head!

FINAL CHORUS
I remember the day
old man Ray
closed up his occult bookstore
I remember the day
like it was yesterday
I guess the Lord took his store away
I guess the Lord just took his store away.
Track Name: Stardust to Stardust
Stardust to stardust are we
Raised in a nuclear furnace
waiting for reality
oh, reality.

Stardust to stardust are we
Fusion of atoms
spreading throughout the galaxy
oh, the galaxy

This I believe
yes, this I percieve.

Stardust to stardust are we
molecules binding
coming together so rapidly
Oh, so rapidly

Stardust to stardust are we
in the vacuum of space
miracles happening naturally
Oh, so naturally

This I believe
I see it. Yes, I see it
I perceive.
Track Name: This Town
When I woke up
was in a place I could not recall
when I woke up
didn't know where I was at all
when I woke up
I did not know my name
when I woke up
nothing was quite the same (that's when a man came up to me and he said)

"Hey, clown, get outta my town! I don't wanna catch you hangin' around!" He said, "Hey, clown, get outta my town! I don't wanna catch you hangin' around!" (etc.)

When I woke up
could not recall last night
Did I fall and hit my head,
or did get into a fight?
Had I been doped,
or simply had to much too drink?
When I woke up
you know it hurt my head to think (that's when a man came up to me and he said...)
Track Name: Particular
You must be particular
when dealing with certain members
of the human race.

You must be meticulous
to the point of being ridiculous
when dealing with certain members
of the human race.

You must be very, very, very, very, very particular.