Robby Cucchiaro: Euphoniums, Trumpet, Valve Trombone, Metronome Operation
Julian Koster: Vocal, Singing Saws, Orchestral Banjo (banjo played with a violin bow), Banjo, Basses, Chord Organ, Pump Organ, Recording Organ, Wire Recorder, Field Recording, Church Bells
Thomas Hughes: Magnus Organ, Recording Organ
Ian Ludders: Jaymar, Bells, Singing Saw
The 7-Foot-Tall Metronome: Rhythm ("The Dark Is Singing Songs," "S'Alive to Be Known")
Mercer West: Drums ("To All Who Say Goodnight," "Playing 'Evening'")
Eric Harris: Drums ("The Big Beautiful Shops," "Takeshi and Elijah"
Laura Carter: Drums ("Takeshi and Elijah")
John Fernandes: Bass ("Takeshi and Elijah")
Jill Carnes: Jaymar
Jeremy Ayers: Bells
Jeff Mangum: Turntable Manipulation, Choir
Saw Choir: Itself
Jared Gandy: Bass ("Takeshi and Elijah")
Scott Spilane: Flugelhorn ("Takeshi and Elijah")
Patrick Jennings: Trumpet ("Takeshi and Elijah")
and The Paragon Carousel Calliope Organ, Nantucket Beach, MA
Mary's Voice was engineered by Julian, and by Robert Schneider, at home. James Anderson recorded the live "The Dark Is Singing Songs" session at his recording studio in the frozen north of Canada. Additional recording occurred in the homes that were generously lent to us in Nantasket, Massachusetts, and Littleton, Massachusetts (thank you, Raky); and at the Paragon Carousel.
This album was recorded on a 1930s Webster Chicago wire recorder; a 1960s Ampex AG-440 4-track; and a computer, largely with a 1930s RCA 44 ribbon mic, a few Shure SM58s, and a generously lent Neumann (thank you, Zack).
Pop-up designed by Julian and Maggie with Robby. Design by Maggie Fost.
Drawing in pop-up background by Terry Roulette (from a sketch, by Julian, of an idea for a carnival ride called "The Tug of Earth")
Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA. Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice.
Incubated by the good people at Merge.
This album is dedicated to Donald Cucchiaro, a good kind soul.
The Music Tapes’ vision began taking shape in the ’90s, during which time mastermind Julian Koster also became a key member
of Neutral Milk Hotel and a contributor to The Olivia Tremor Control and other legendary members of the enormously influential Elephant 6 collective....more