Yes Cottageers! 'Twas in 1980 that the very first official Taped Rugs production was made available to the public. If all goes as planned, Taped Rugs will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with a number of special releases in 2020. Among these will be new interpretations of Goff, Disism, and -Ing compositions that date as far back as the 1970's. Also, a number of cassettes that once belonged to the late Steve Schaer (of –Ing and Herd Of The Ether Space) have recently been unearthed. These tapes contain recordings that have lain undisturbed since the very early 1980's. This year Taped Rugs plans to make much of this material public for the first time.
For now, however, Taped Rugs would like to kick off the next decade of its history by highlighting an album that was released at the very end of the last one. This album, "Treadmilagros," is very much infused with the essence of the Electronic Cottage. I have been told that the FBook ECottage was made aware of this album back in November, but today I'd like to personally plant its seed in the window box of this official ECottage webpage, where it can bloom in some fresh sunlight.
Click the little "play" below to begin the Treadmilagros audio circus.
Treadmilagros is a compilation of Taped Rugs recordings which were created and/or published through the collaborative efforts of various artists and producers between 2018 and 2019. The collection shows off how the Taped Rugs mold continues to forge recordings with a wide variety of styles and compositional techniques, while maintaining a consistently experimental attitude.
On this album... Four of the pieces were created by Frank Audiffret (aka: FJNA) and C. Goff III, using MIDI score-writing software and self-designed "instruments." John Bennett's poem: "Tornatrueno," is given unique new life with electronically generated voices and electronic toys. Provocative fake news boils up in a concoction co-produced by Goff and veteran recording artist Greg Segal. Goff's contributions to the Electronic Cottage "Rubber Stamp" tape compilation, to Jack Hertz's (Aural Films) Pierre Schaeffer tribute album, to Lasse Jensen's "Stilletid #26" compilation album, and to Thee Instagon's "Complexity 4" compilation album, are all included as well.
More in-depth details about these recordings, artists, labels, etc. are available at the album's post at archive.org: Click here go there, where you can listen to each piece individually, download the album (no cost), download the album art, read the details, etc. Thanks to all involved. Thanks for your attention. Celebrate!
Here's the track list:
1 The Sound Of Falling Tables
3 The Jetsons' Treadmill
4 Reuben Ranzo
5 Remedial Reeding
6 Crab 'Em By The Legs
8 La Fellation Après Le Dîner Est Bonne Pour Le Dos
9 Lulled On The Shores Of Atmosphere
10 Victory To The Proles
Anyone remember that...
On December 16th, 1998, US President William J. Clinton ordered a surprise attack on Iraq which the US military dubbed: "Operation Desert Fox." Over the course of four days, missiles and bombs launched from hundreds of aircrafts and sea vessels rained down on Iraq. Clinton ordered this attack on the eve preceding a scheduled vote to impeach him by the US House Of Representatives. The attack forced the representatives to delay their vote; however, several of them, and several senators as well, refused to back Clinton's deployment of military force in this instance because of its suspicious timing.
That's almost exactly 21 years ago. And back then...
As the news of Desert Fox began to circulate through the media on December 16th, Charles Rice Goff III felt frustrated and angry. He channeled his anger through sound. Using audio mixers, he pumped several feeds of live television reports into a four-track cassette deck, distorting the various spewings of facts, opinions, rationalizations, and advertising sponsorships with sound effects and on-the-fly editing. For much of the night, Goff improvised an angry collage over this bed of media noise, injecting it with a distorted electronic guitar, a Micromoog synthesizer, and a number of oddly-played phonograph records. In early 1999, Goff culled out an hour from this recorded audio tantrum and released it on the Taped Rugs cassette album: "Desert Foxtrot."
The contents of this cassette album might be of interest right now, considering recent developments. The curious are invited to hear:
1 Saddam Votes For Impeachment
2 Rationalizing Bloody Gore
I am one of the several alter-egos of Charles Rice Goff III. I am best known as a radio host, although I have had some of my reviews published here and there over the years, and have even been involved in occasional recording projects.