My first recordings, where I thought I was making “something new”, were painstaking affairs, taking me years to finish – I was always editing them down, taking things out, adding something new. I worked all day and night in NYC, sound editing and mixing all kinds of crazy things for HBO and always brought things in and out. My sound work had its feet in two worlds, and they merged. I can hear now how I was blending them.
John Wiggins at HBO, mid-1980s — above with Max Headroom
“All The Truth At Once” was finished in 1986. I was processing real sounds I recorded through my mighty Serge Modular, a small computer I programmed in assembly language to play back samples, all recorded on a ½” four track Scully. I would bring the four track into work and mix it down to ¼” through a Neve Melbourne console.
Phillip Seifert was kind enough to ask me if any of my old LP’s from the ‘80’s were digitally available anywhere. I did transfer the ¼” Masters to DAT in the late ‘90’s so I dug those DAT Master tapes out and re-transferred and re-mastered:
Tuned Space (1981)
pARTicle music (1984)
All The Truth At Once (1986)
The Timbre Maps (1992)
ALL NEW (1996)
Hearing Complex (1998 – 2000)
This all was the very best sound work I could make at the time.
Here’s an excerpt from “All The Truth At Once” (1986)
Editor's Note: Anagenic by John Wiggins is available at Bandcamp
is an award winning sound designer for TV and films