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A - "Sometimes the disappointments of the past can only be overcome through the process of elimination."
Recorded and mixed June 14, 1976 to November 11, 1977 at Drab and Anode Studios, Seattle.

B - "An homage to the utility of occasional discontent."
Recorded and mixed March 1979 at Anode Studios and the Palace of Lights, Seattle.

© Anode Productions Seattle, Washington


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February 8, 2013

A fairly random very-early-morning/very-late-night purchase of mine led to this discovery: a self-titled and self-released cassette by Anode from 1979. An incredible mix of field recording, tape effects, proto-electro and drone which has baffled me ever since – mostly because it sounds incredibly contemporary. Sections (like the last 6 minutes of ‘Trips North…’) are easily compared to Giancarlo Toniutti‘s tape work, others (the start of ‘Downtime’) to 1990s-era Japanese field recording with only minimal editing, and still other spans of looped guitar feedback to a variety of recent issues on labels such as Type.

I have not yet been able to find anything on the group to go on besides the sleeve. It was recorded at Drab Studios and Palace of Lights in Seattle, both used by better-known then-contemporary ambient artists such as Kerry Leimer and Marc Barreca. The group appeared to consist of James and David Keller, Charles Bronson and Robert Carlberg, at least around 1981. It is a luxurious listen, spanning a variety of material yet almost never veering into new-age or kitsch – a constant issue (at least for me) with similar music from the early 80s. Highly recommended.