Thursday, February 21, 2002
Walking 'round my room/on a wasted afternoon
A few weeks ago I scammed an iMic from work so I could make mp3s from some vinyl with my PowerBook. It irks me that Apple thought it would be a better design decision to include an on-board microphone in lieu of an audio-in port, but luckily the iMic works really well -- some genius software designer set up the Mac SoundManager so that even shareware programs from 1994 (like the recording program I had kicking around from a friend's old 540) can take advantage of new audio hardware with nary a peep of complaint.
I went through our LPs this weekend and picked out some choice items to get started with:
Au Pairs: Playing with a Different Sex LP
Aztec Camera: High Land, Hard Rain LP
Blueboy: If Wishes Were Horses 12"
Brilliant Corners, The: Growing Up Absurd 12"
Caterina Caselli: Casco d'Oro LP
Charlottes, The: Lovehappy LP
Charlottes, The: Things Come Apart LP
Chills, The: Submarine Bells LP
David Bowie: Heroes LP
Dolly Mixture: The Fireside EP 12"
Doris: Did You Give the World Some Love Today, Baby? LP
Fat Tulips: Nostalgia LP
Fat Tulips: Starfish LP
Game Theory: The Big Shot Chronicles LP
Go-Betweens, The: Cut It Out 12"
Go-Betweens, The: Tallulah LP
Grant McLennan: Watershed LP
Lilac Time: Self-titled LP (1988)
Moose: Honeybee LP
New Order: Power Corruption and Lies LP
Popguns, The: Someone You Love 12"
Primitives, The: Self-titled LP
Spearmint: A Week Away LP
V/A: Different for Domeheads, A Creation Compilation LP
V/A: Mutant Pop 78/79 Compilation LP
V/A: Wanna Buy a Bridge? Rough Trade compilation LP
Wednesday Week: Why 12"
Wire: 154 LP
Silly me, I thought I could get through all those in an afternoon! A whole day later and all I'd finished were the Primitives and the Brilliant Corners. I recorded the Au Pairs record too, but there was a horrifying 60hz hum (or whatever frequency it is) because the turntable ground had fallen out so I have to redo it.
I only bring this up because I'm playing "Crash" by the Primitives (a classic pop single if there ever was one) and it sounds so brilliant with just the tiniest hint of LP crackle and hissy-SSSSSS sounds. Delightful.
Now. To look through all those 7" singles. Crap. This enterprise could take months.