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Art of Noise - In Visible Silence

This album is courtesy of one the sketchiest record establishments in San Francisco. Not sketchy in the “I better watch my ass so it don’t get shot” sense. More like the “If I happen to be in this building during an earthquake they’ll collect my body with a ShamWOW” kind of sketchy. It’s a catacomb-like basement packed full of records, a ground floor stacked ceiling-high with vintage amps, turntables, and speakers, and no way out. Music 101 is claustrophobia to the max but it does have a certain charm–if you’re ever in North Beach check it out. Just make it a real quick in and out affair.

Moving on.

Most people know the theme song to Peter Gunn without really knowing what Peter Gunn is. Take this next clip for example.

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So you say, “Oh yeah, I heard that one before. That’s the, uh, Blues Brothers song right there, no doubt about it–great flick. Real sad about Belushi, real sad. I wonder what Dan Akroyd’s up to these days.

“Ghostbusters, now that was a great flick. Got it on VHS somewheres in the basement.

“Or was it the attic? I gotta go through that stuff soon. It’s probably packed away with the old softball trophies. ”

Nope, it’s not the Blues Brothers song. It’s the theme to Peter Gunn, a TV show about a private eye that ran 114 episodes from 1958 to 1961 on NBC and ABC. But that’s not really important because the show is mostly forgettable–with the only exception being its theme song. A theme song that is freakin’ awesome.

My first encounter with the Peter Gunn theme came during a family road trip sometime during the 80’s, back when even the tiniest motels had arcades to keep kids occupied while adults gave each other hand jobs in the hot tub.

The game was Spy Hunter. I don’t remember this because of the action-packed game play but because I distinctly remember the Peter Gunn theme song whacking me about the ears like some sort of fuzzy analog flyswatter.

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At around roughly the same time that kids were wasting their trickle-down quarters on 8-bit adventures like Spy Hunter the musical group Art of Noise was experimenting with a Fairlight CMI to find new ways to make old sounds sound, well, new. (I highly recommend you check out more about the Fairlight CMI here and here.)

Their pairing of primitive digital musical manipulation with quirky rhythm and a good sense of humor produced the following take on the Peter Gunn theme. The track starts at 1:33 if you’re feelin’ antsy.

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The rest of this album is pretty much the soundtrack to the every day life of Max Headroom.

Max Headroom doing dishes, Max Headroom looking for affordable health insurance, Max Headroom picking up cubic dog poop from his cubic collie with only a small layer of a cubic plastic bag between his cubic hand and processed slaughterhouse cube scraps.

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Click here to download In Visible Silence

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TRACKLIST

A1  Opus 4 1:59
A2  Paranoimia 4:46
A3  Eye Of A Needle 4:25
A4  Legs 4:06
A5  Slip Of A Tongue 1:30
A6  Backbeat 4:12
B1  Instruments Of Darkness 7:12
B2  Peter Gunn 3:55
B3  Camilla 7:23
B4  Chameleon’s Dish 4:17
B5  Beatback 1:19

If you haven’t noticed I’ve become extremely lazy with this site lately.  The picture at the top of this post is a prime of example of this laziness. Note the off-center cropping, the fuzzy script and the general air of shit.

You see, it was too much of a chore to break the chemical bond between my ass and the couch to fetch a camera from the coffee table. So I searched Google images for a good 10 minutes looking for the highest quality image of this promo’s label. What you see, in all its glory, is the end result.

I could have spent five minutes taking a new photo, cropping, color treating, making it place first at the pony show.

But it just wasn’t worth the use of my lower limbs. Who knows, that exercise in energy conservation may the bit that keeps me strong during a zombie attack.

Hopefully the fact that this one’s in FLAC and fairly rare will make up for my slug-like webmastering.

FUN FACT: The Museum of Modern Art, or MoMA, exhibited the video for “Once In a Lifetime”. MoMA also has a Technics SL-10 turntable in their permanent collection, which was the same model that was used to record this FLAC. Coincidence? Hardly.

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Tracklist

A1 Once In A Lifetime 4:20
A2 Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On) 5:45
B1 Houses In Motion 4:27
B2 Once In A Lifetime (Edit) 3:33