demo disc 8-98
A compilation of Rigel 7's inaugural tunes in homespun "demo" format. These were burned individually for radio stations, record execs and for handing out at various music conferences.
Unable to procure the necessary licenses for audio samples used in these tracks, commercial CD duplication was unobtainable and the proposed 'Trekno Dance Party' CD was unceremoniously canned. Ten years later, in 2009, I re-released the sample-drenched tracks for free, non-commercial download on the second-generation Rigel 7 website.
Put a nickel in the jukebox, earthling, and order yasef up some clumsy sexual innuendo. Doh! I gave away the surprise.
Laughs are pulled from old recordings of high school friend, Kirsten Schmidt. Pretty good for Tascam four-track cassette, eh? I wonder just how long it'll be before she Googles herself on over here to discover she's an unwitting electronica star. Royalties? Ha! Not even in Dusseldorf, baby.
Here's a danceable track for ya, featuring robotic shots from some classic sci-fi. Not to spoil the ending or anything, but "there is no sanctuary!"
Truth be told, I lifted these samples into my trusty Kurzweil K2000RS, from MGM's retro sci-fi classic 'Logan's Run.' I feel so very, very naughty. Dirty. And sorta sexy.
"So we loaded up the sampler and we moved to Beverly. Techno samples, that is. Buzzing things. Sub bass."
Come to think of it, the audio samples heard in this track also came from the FM sample CD. [See 'Psionic Bomb' for more info.] I'd like to believe these aren't a Viacom commodity, but then, if they weren't lifted from 'The Menagerie,' I'll eat my red shirt.
Still, I'll plead ignorance until The Man puts me down. Download while you can.
Here's the last of the FM magazine sample disc projects. [See "Psionic Bomb" for full disclosure.] Can anybody place the source of the audio samples heard in this track?
More audio samples from the FM magazine collection. [See 'Psionic Bomb' for full disclosure.] Again, I'm not sure where these samples are lifted from. This track will remain available for free download until the rightful owners complain.
It's not just for web sites anymore.... When this song was first conceived, the dreaded 404 error message was familiar only to network geeks, like yours truly. In that regard, this recording was intended to be an inside joke between my clique of basement-dwelling server admins. Who knew it would become a cultural icon? The error message, that is.
The samples, pulled from FM's "Bite-Size Beats 'n' Samples" CD, are of unknown origin. See 'Psionic Bomb' for more info.
Headache, shmeadache, gimme the damn pills already.
This is the first of five tracks incorporating samples from Simon Powers' "Bite-Size Beats 'n' Samples" CD, bundled in Future Music magazine, circa 1994. As such, the source of these samples is unknown (as is their clearance). I'll leave these tracks online until somebody requests otherwise.
This track represents my earliest experimentation with Techno. Think of it as a B-side demo that record execs should've known better than to ever stick on any anthology, no matter how bad sales are lagging. The instruments predate the genre's sound, but sparked my interest. More techno would soon follow.
Ultimately, Viacom would decline requests to license the audio samples heard in this track. Any plans to re-record the song for the proposed "Trekno Dance Party" CD fizzled.