Tunes I recorded in the 90s found on a few cassette tapes in my folks’ loft.

I was made redundant for the first time in 1994. I hadn’t been in a band for a couple of years so spent some of the redundancy pay on home-studio gear:

  • Yamaha MT8X multitrack cassette recorder
  • Kawai Q80EX sequencer
  • Yamaha TG100 synthesizer
  • Kawai XS-1 synthesizer
  • Alesis Quadraverb+ multi-effects unit
  • Zoom 9050s multi-effects unit

After writing some fairly ropey guitar-based songs I started trying my hand at electronic music.

Playlist on YouTube

Unfortunately, the gear I’d bought wasn’t really up to the job.

Fortunately, I had a fair bit of time on my hands.

Neither the TG100 or XS-1 were particularly flexible – they’re fairly basic romplers – and neither had filters. Anything that sounds like a filter is the wah/autowah/cry from the Zoom 9050s.

Things which would take a few minutes with a computer now took a few hours to programme on the Q80EX – I spent a big amount of time looking at a small amount of LCD screen.

I can’t remember if the MT8X was synched to the Q80EX or the other way around but one of them was definitely synched to the other.