Mysterious airwaves

23/09/2011

You can’t imagine how I’m excited to upload this post. More than ten years ago I found several magnetic reel-to-reel tapes in one of my trips to the flea market of Jaffa (the old city of Tel Aviv), I bought these used reels to use them as a recording media. Most of these reels usually contained classical music (in the better case) and in a lot of worst cases they included boring easy listening music (like Ray Conniff, James Last, etc.), surely not something that justifies keeping such reel as is. In rare occasions, this kind of reels contained good music that was beneficial for me and here there is an excellent example. This particular series of reels included different recordings from a German radio station(s) that broadcast sometimes at the early 1970s. Most of the tracks were unfamiliar to me. I must remind that in this time (I think it was 1998) the Internet was still new, the options to discover new music was quite limited through the online environment, and I, like a good music digger, was frequently visiting the good music stores to find new Anonyme musical piece.
Each reel between these reels (I think they were four) contained 12 (!) recording hours. Surely not in high-quality recording (with the domestic reel to reel tape recorders you could record on the tapes with different options: speeds, and channel selection, mono or stereo – it’s like a digital bandwidth). I couldn’t take such an advantage as granted before the unlimited digital storage that we have today. Remember that in those days the most popular format for music playing was still the cassette tape that usually contained only 90 mins of recording, and here with these old reel-to-reel tapes I had much more recording hours and I could ‘fish’ the music that I wanted in that time.
Through quite long time I couldn’t find details about most of these tracks. I think that later I burnt a CD with these tracks and brought to one of the experts at a music shop which was willing to help me find the anonymous tracks. I don’t remember that there was any continue to this gesture. Some of the tracks I discovered accidently. For example the fascinating track of Kraftwerk from their first album that released in 1970, and as much as I know it never released again formally, The Doors’ song that made one year after Jim Morrison’s tragic death (when Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist, is singing entertainingly) and more. Well, here there is a remarkable typical symbiosis between now and then. From some search after music files for an entirely different goal, I found this directory with the files that I converted from reels to digital. Then I recalled that there are still many tracks that I haven’t found what or who made them. With the help of the current cellular apps ‘Shazam’ and ‘Sound Hound’ (except for one intractable track, that a great guy from one of the online musical forums for finding Anonyme music helped me to discover), I solved the old mystery.
This nugget contains the tracks that I chose strictly still on that era when I just found those reels. (I recorded them on a cassette tape that I used to carry with me in my walkman or the car). Only now they are presented for you and me from the first source and not from a dull monophonic recording. I did add the original German radio host that talked between some tracks, and that’s for the authenticity of the story.
I chose the AsymmetricK name for the nugget because of the eclectic-progressive character of its music.
Long live Modernism!

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