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Back in 1991, I purchased a Tascam Porta Studio. It was the entry level four track cassette version but I pushed it to its limits. It unlocked a creative stream that saw me writing and recording the equivalent of nine albums over then next two years.

I started to record and took the name Rough Spots as my fictional band. It summed up the sound of the music I was recording. Solid but with rough spots. The band had three fictional members, each with one of first, middle or last names.

At first, I had no drums so the songs were mostly acoustic guitar/folky sounding. Then I picked up a used Dr. Rhythm that I programmed to create a virtual Keith Moon, John Bonham or Ringo. Unfortunately, all the music store had was the Electronica version so all the songs have the sound like the 80s New Wave never went away. A few songs were covers but 98% were songs I wrote, usually in one sitting.

As time went on, I added more instruments. A Chicken Shaker (a plastic egg filled with BBs), a children's harmonium and others. The flood gates opened when I got a Casio synthesizer. Suddenly, I was able to add strings, brass and piano.

So why nothing new in 15 years? Unfortunately, life got in the way, I grew up, had kids and my recording studio became a nursery. It was some time ago and the trade off was well worth it, but those couple years were an incredible learning experience. With the Tascam being an entry level four track, I really had to learn basic ways of creating additional tracks much like the early pioneers. To add tracks, I would bounce the four tracks to two. I then had two new tracks for additional tracks and vocals. Sometimes, I would bounce it again, so I ended up with 8 tracks. It was very low-fi as there was no equalization.

Click on the playbuttons to start the Yahoo! Media Player. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed recording them.
Track Album Recorded
Come With Me Alewives in the Basement 03/92 - 05/92
An attempt to write an ambient sounding pop song.
Morning Year 12/09 - 12/10
Instrumental song that made me feel like the sun was rising. Whammy bar on the Strat got a real workout on this song.
On The Moon Year 12/09 - 12/10
This is the first song Mary and I have collaborated on. We had a wonderful time working it out. There were a lot of nerves when it came time to record it but we are pleased with the results. Hopefully the first of many.
Open Up Year 12/09 - 12/10
This was the first song I'd written and recorded in 15 years. Was recorded with a single drum loop and Audacity recording software.
Come With Me Come With Me
Morning Morning
On The Moon On The Moon
Open Up Open Up

Hear the Year album. Year

Toast Discover the Legend

RockFest08 Re-Discover the Legend

Cover Me Cover Me
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