The longer pieces in this collection date from the Chromium Nebulae period : live, one-take keyboard improvisations over very spare looped structures, if any at all ( in fact, the backing structures of tracks 3 and 8 were stripped out leaving only the solo takes ).
All the remaining pieces exhibit the influence of an Atari 1040ST running an early version of Cubase. This software was beautifully simple, and generally fairly solid, but there remain several horrific memories of the system freezing before a crucial save had been executed, and whole, complicated sections needing to be re-written while still fresh in the memory.
Some pieces are based around an initial improvised melody, but the majority were written from scratch on the computer.
A first-version Nord Lead, an Akai S1000 hardware sampler, a crappy Roland sound module, and a variety of guitar pedals found their way onto the equipment list, joining the Roland R8 drum machine and Novation Bass Station.
The longer pieces were recorded to the same Tascam cassette 8-track used on the Chromium Nebulae album and mastered on quarter inch tape on a Revox B77. The other, computer sequenced pieces, were recorded direct to the Revox, using the Tascam simply as a mixer.
Three weeks after mastering the album, all the studio equipment was stolen during a break-in to Manning's as-yet uninsured appartment.
released December 1, 1997
Published by Pi34 1997
Copyright Irdial Discs 1997