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Rew, Andrian - Slot Machine Music lp (Hanson Records)


"Although I was not yet aware of the extent to which casinos tailor
their environments for maximum comfort (and, correspondingly, profit), I
did know as I crossed the threshold of my first casino floor earlier
this year that it would not be my last visit. Hit by a cornucopia of
slot machine tones, triggering aleatorically and coalescing into
shimmering masses, I was struck by the need to return and record the
sounds that so entranced me. It wouldn't prove to be easy--casino
security is intense (you can hear me get warned of the consequences of
taking photos at the beginning of the disc's second track)--and due to
the clandestine nature of the operation, my recording techniques were by
no means sophisticated. Equipped with nothing but an Olympus LS-11
recorder's internal microphone stashed in a sweaty coat pocket, I
allowed the lure of the zone to guide me through a series of ambling
recording sessions over a period of four months, the best of which are
included here. I learned a lot about casino sonics in the process: game
designers, for example, tune their machines to the key of C in order to
optimize harmonic cohesion; one team of designers, the story goes, even
spent a month perfecting a single 'ding' sound on one machine. In the
interest of preserving the true ambient sounds of the casino these
recordings are completely untreated, but lost in the sea of chance I did
exert some affirmative control by means of meandering intent and my
actual playing of the machines. And by participating in the games myself
I got a taste of the financially debilitating consequences that
accompany the enchantment of video gambling. The disc in your hands
represents my endeavor to bring you the zone experience without the
harsh comedown of its unfortunate reality." --Adrian Rew

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 08 December, 2014.

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