Originally recorded on am MCI JH-16 multitrack that basically had no brakes, which allowed for a bit of added creativity
Here is the final (and probably 40 year old) master tape.
travlin': The birds were recorded early in the morning, with a clock being recorded to another track (oh yeah, percussion was recorded over the studio’s intercom phone). The flute was recorded both in a traditional fashion, while another flute “whale” was recorded at half speed.
ahead: This short & crazy montage made use of an MCI JH16 16-track recorder that didn't have any reel breaks. The piece contains about 30+ edits… Patty Yamaguchi (the studio secretary) and I held about 10 helium balloons and released them on cue… fun piece.
outreach: Again, the perc was recorded over the phone… a vocal was recorded half speed and played backwards. Standard overdubbed vocals were placed over the piece… a plaintive piece! Oh yea, let’s not forget the wok gong at the end!
4 corners: Ocarina (all in one pass), piano melody with a sustain piano bass overdub… Has always been a fave of mine!
encounter: Flute, oilcan and a percussion section that consisted of a banjo, bass and acoustic guitar. Did I mention that I had no clothes on during the entire session. Some astute guy actually picked up on the composition’s sexual undertones.
release/catalogue numbers: 51bpm-001DL (stereo download)
upc numbers: 715352000126
release date: (c)(p) 1979 David Miles Huber
genre: electronic, IDM, ambient
tag keywords: 51bpm David Miles Huber parallax eden colabs roads electronic IDM uptempo grammy nominated surround 5.1 MRT modern recording techniques