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Music Tapes for Clouds and Tornadoes

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released August 19, 2008

The singing Saw Choir (from the singing saw symphony): Julian’s saw sang with Julian’s encouragement; the rest of them sang all by themselves.

Julian Koster: bowing of banjos, accordion, drums, piano, fun machine, Magnus organ, Jaymar, bass, singing

Robby Cucchiaro: euphonium and trumpet

Eric Harris: drums, magic tape organ (a homemade tape organ of his own design), melodica

The 7 Foot Tall Metronome: rhythm

The Clapping Hands: rhythm

Andy Sailboat: violin and helped arrange strings

Scott Spillane: trumpet, flugelhorn, singing

Laura Carter: clarinet

John Fernandes: violin

Heather McIntosh: cello and helped arrange strings

Jeremy Barnes: drums

Rob Carter: upright bass

Griffin Rodriguez: electric bass

Nesey Gallons: sang

W. Cullen Hart: sang

Kevin Barnes: sang

Nina Barnes: sang

Pete Erchick: sang

Lathe operation and additional engineering help: Otho Wilburn and Peter Fancher

Chris Bishop: engineered the string quartet on “Saw Ping Pong and Orchestra.”

Recorded with: 1930’s Webster Chicago wire recorder, 1930’s RCA ribbon microphone, record lathe, 1960’s Ampex 4-track (thank you Otho and Peter), 1950’s Ampex 351 whole track recorder, Fostex 1/4-inch 8-track, the eternal Shure 58 microphone, a one-week loan of a Fairchild 670 limiter (a final act of kindness to us from Jack Steeb), Hi-8 video camera, handheld cassette recorder, and computer

Produced and engineered by Julian Koster and Nesey Gallons

Artwork by Julian and Robby / Original pop-up by Julian /

Reindeer drawing by Sarah Moran

Design and cut-out instruction poster by Maggie Fost

(I make those pop-up constructions to give to my friends with recordings in them, and made one for Merge when I sent them this record, never imagining that they could manufacture them. Maggie and the good people at Merge decided that they wanted everybody to have one, and they figured out a way to do it. They’re very kind that way.)

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The Music Tapes Athens, Georgia

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

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