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 Ray Barbee - Tiara For Computer   

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Release Date:06/08/2018;Notes:Vinyl LP pressing. In the late 1960s, Peter Zinovieff - co-founder of London's Electronic Music Studios-sold his wife's diamond tiara to subsidize the world's first computer in a private residence. At nearly the cost of a house (and taking up almost an entire room), the weighty extravagance was purchased and installed to control one singular process: sequencing sounds. This was the all-or-nothing beginning of EMS, and their enthusiastic exploration of the unknown-synthesized music-lead directly to the ground-breaking work of artists like Pink Floyd, Brian Eno, and Kraftwerk. In the spirit of that wholehearted approach, Ray Barbee has ventured into uncharted waters with Tiara For Computer, a synth-anchored album from a man known for his expressive, solo guitar work. The development of Tiara's synthetic base also proved to be the perfect excuse to enlist drummer John Herndon (Tortoise, Isotope 217, 5ive Style). So, alongside bassist Josh Lippi (The Overtimers, Blktop Project), engineer Monte Vallier (Tommy Guerrero, Mattson 2, Swell), and with beacon-light producer Thomas Campbell running point, they set about their shared journey of dubbing, remixing, and accompanying Barbee's time drifting, out-of-tune Korg MS-20 synthesizer. While the end result of Tiara carries the greater-than sum of it's veteran parts, it's also the product of another unexplained synthesis-a kind of leap of faith.

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