Month: November, 2014

some experiments with CRT & guitar efx


something about the 1987 tape…

there’s no turning back.

As told by my mom at the very beginning of the tape, it was recorded in the year 1987. I was supposed to be 3 years old but since I answered my mom on the tape that I was 2 years old, I guess it is recorded between Jan – Feb 1987. I discovered the tape when I was 10 and since then I never stop crying when listening to it. The tape was made due to my family found out I kept silent all the time and wonder if I was having any problem during my development. They were afraid so since my cousin are autism.

The content of the tape was basically my mom keeps asking me various questions, about my family, about my living place since then, about my dad’s interest on camera. I can hear from the starting of the tape that my dad was supposedly to be helping my mom to do the recording. However I wonder if my dad still remembers doing so at that time. It is supposed to be recorded in my old home in tai kwok tsui. I got a big family since then and altogether there are nearly 15 people in the house. The old house is later sold and I was moved to taipo then. However I still keep recalling the good old days in the house.

I got emotional towards listening to the tape because I find it is so strange to listen to my own voice in the child days. It feels like as if the same person within different timeline meets face to face. Sounds like a time travel, huh? Especially when I listen to the tape, I just cannot deny the fact that I was no longer that child in the tape; after years I was shaped the current ‘me’ and there is no time machine in the real world that can bring me back to the old days. I cannot change the history and there is no turning back.

I do not know if the feeling/perception of the recording will be changed if the medium was changed to picture or a video. Nevertheless I do not think my family can offer such a video camera at the period of time. The cassette tape keeps me focus on my voice in the old days, that childish murmuring gives me an impression that how innocent I was at that time. My memory on such a cassette tape, or as such recording that was made on this medium, path me a linkage between different ages of me. Every time I try listening to this it feels like that current me was trying to make contact with me at the 2 years old. I am sort of like trying so hard to tell the old me that never regret on anything I do, and no matter what do not afraid of grown up.

It is a mixed feeling since I wish time can be freeze in my childhood days but yet I know time moves on.

case study abt the 80s hk style DIY cassette shop

just tried to ask from the facebk group “i like 80s”

details are as follow:



mid80s, shop:

~hkd1.5-2 for a normal song

12″ single:$5
Non-stop mix medley:$10
DIY Canto-pop remix from sino centre:$10

and actually they count it on each of the song

so if they got a big music library they can make you a mixtape yr own

there’s one famous shop in sino centre back in the 80s that they did some cantopop remix on their own

i’m still asking if the following remix is done by that shop:

4tracks as mixer

latest version

19112014_cassette01 19112014_cassette02


new gear:

ando cassette player


rite now i’m using input 3 & 4 with line out to create a feedback loop

also, i tried input 6 & 8 as another 2 tracks input

the aux send/return is routed to korg ampworks

input 1 & 2 hv no input but sometimes i will try maximize the gain to hear the noise behind

finally altogether i connect the headphone out of the recording session into the newly purchased ando portable cassette player



will soon try add more input, e.g. contact mic // telephone pickup mic

maybe try different guitar pedal with the send/return loop


just did a couple of test featuring 4 different samples running at the same time

stay tuned.


FWD: Rasp and Roll

some recording practices




with the slowest playing speed, i can get a cassette loop of running approx. 5.5 sec



Seven Seconds


Boombox-Mellotron Project

Interacting with Inner and Outer Sonic Complexity: from Microsound to Soundscape Composition (Barry Truax)