In memory of Mahmoud Guinia...
One of my favorite musical activities as a young guitarist was to record what we called a demo. Often these "demos" were indeed a demonstration of a moment rather than a first step towards a refined product, even if that was the imagined ideal. And when the demo captured a spark that was later polished, I usually kinda preferred the original, edges and all. Part of the magic of the demo was the medium. Typically it was a hi-fi hack or a cassette deck generally ill-suited to dulcet reproduction. This was long before the digital revolution, and studio time was too precious for dreamy wanderings. So the warbling charm of saturation it was. These tapes were seldom shared: I'm taking a sociable step forward here with a technological leap backward in making available these VHS tape impressions of an incredible time and place and people not so long ago and not so far away and not so different but now irrevocably changed, as was and am I.
released October 19, 2015
recorded at H(i)nds(i)ght Studio, Athens GA, 10.18.15
cover image from video by Julie Powell Caldwell
Killick Hinds- Walrus guitar and VHS tape machine
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