Is it Little Fyodor or is it Walls Of Genius? Or is it both? Ironically, although officially a Walls Of Genius release, the Slither/Sloth cassette represents the first, um, serious stab at my Little Fyodor solo career that was really my first musical ambition, at least since previously giving up music after playing two gigs in a cover band in high school.
This seriousness is reflected in the fact that I put out a 7 inch vinyl EP concurrently with the WoG cassette, the music of which takes up most of the first side of the tape that got released by Walls Of Genius as WoG025 in 1985.
The last piece of that first side (Slither) and the entirety of the second (Sloth) are made up of material recorded at the Hall Of Genius in much the same manner as I recorded much material for WoG releases, overdubbed on the home studio, the heart of which was Evan's four-track reel-to-reel recorder and six-track mixer. The Slither EP material was recorded in an 8-track professional studio.
I first entertained this Little Fyodor solo ambition before Walls Of Genius even started, and I continued it long after WoG (originally) ended. I've worked with a number of musicians over the years on this project, but for this first excursion, it was, as Evan puts it, the Walls Of Genius house band. So it was really a co-mixing of currents.
I've written about the making of this cassette in much greater detail at Hal's Walls Of Genius archive page (and also made mention of the motivations behind my solo music making in a prior EC blog post), so I'll just say now that I'm proud to have it presented in the Bandcamp format to the Electronic Cottage community!
Thanks for bringing this out, Fyodor. I've never heard this whole album until right now. I love the song-ish side vs. collage-ish side format. The production, musicianship, energy, and vision are start-to-finish inspired. A whole lotta soul all over here.
A heart full of soul, that's me, haha! Thanks for the kind words, C.!!!
And once more, a great discovery thanks to EC! I truly enjoyed listening to your album (and I am glad you lowered your prices on BC)
Ya sure ya betcha!! Though thanks actually are due Evan who uploaded the stuff....
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