The Under the Dome Tape Archive Project

These pages contain digitised copies of the four-track cassette master tapes that I recorded in the early 1990s. I digitised them at a sampling rate of 44.1kHz (CD quality), which gives plenty of bandwidth, considering that the original tapes and recorder probably could only handle up to around 12kHz. The word size is 24-bits, not because I think that level of resolution is required, but because I wanted to be lazy about leaving plenty of headroom to avoid clipping during the digitisation process. This means that file sizes are quite large, and may take a while to download, so please be patient.

If you want to try your hand at remixing these tracks, you will need some form of Digital Audio Workstation software. I can recommend the free, open-source application Audacity if you don't have one.

Simply download the WAV files 01 to 04 from each page. These constitute the individual cassette tape tracks as recorded on my Fostex X-26 multitracker. Load them into Audacity by using the File->Import->Audio menu option, then selecting all four downloaded WAV files. After importing the audio files, which may take a couple of minutes, the editor window should look like the image on each download page.

If you want to listen to any track in isolation, then simply click on the 'Solo' button on the left hand panel of the respective channel. Similarly, if you want to remove a specific track from the mix, then simply click on the 'Mute' button. Stereo pan position and volume controls are available on each track, too.

Please note that most of these tracks are a little bit flat of concert pitch. I'm not sure what caused this, but it may be due to the cassette tapes stretching over time, or even the motor control circuitry on the X-26 going out of calibration. This can be fixed in Audacity by using the "Change Speed" option in the Effect menu.

I hope you have fun with these multi-track masters, and that they give you some insight into the recording process I went through 30 years ago. Although the copyright for all these tracks remains with me, please feel free to create your own remixes and publish them online. I'd love to hear what you have done with the material!

Tracks:

Long-form pieces

The Aeon's Day

Hell

The Bridge

Stand-alone tracks

Driftwood

Strange Attractor

The Waves

Initial multi-track experiments with Fostex X-26

X-26 Test 1

X-26 Test 2


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