“What's funny is my particular Nagra is a bit of a dodgy unit,” Tobin quips, “so sometimes you can even just switch the thing off, and something cool will happen. I used it all the way through ‘Big Furry Head’ — there's kind of a chuuung! sound there that's just the Nagra being switched on and off. I thought it was a really wicked sci-fi noise, so we kept it.”more
Favourite piece of musical kit? "I had this question before, but it hasn’t changed, it’s still my Nagra IV-S reel-to-reel. It’s just a gorgeous object, and it’s reliable and I’ve discovered some magical tricks with it. Even though it’s just an analogue tape recorder, it’s an important part of my musical process. I use it on every track I write in some way or another."more
"Actually, my first ‘sampler’ was a Sony Nagra portable recorder. I would walk around sampling noises and edit them on tape later, or I would dump them on a disc and place them back on an Akai 3000. As far as why I sampled? I was fascinated with the cut up literary methods of William Burroughs and Brion Gysin and the way you could change the narrative of a story or in my case a song through manipulation thereby changing the entire atmosphere of a pretty rudimentary riff or storyline."more
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