Also known as "2 guys, a bass, a keyboard, enough talent to be willing to record (but not much more than that), a tape recorder (actually a 4-track, I think on some of them) and enough patience to give each song exactly one take."
A few notes. These tracks were taken from audio tapes originally recorded while I was in high school in the early 1990s under less than optimal conditions. Then, for about 20 years they lived in a big rubbermade container in my basement until August 25th 2013 when I found an old walkman I "borrowed" from my friend (Matt Julich) somewhere around 1998 (never returned) and realized I actually had the equipment to record these to digital format.
This is the result, for what it's worth
I'm not an audio tech, I just used Windows Sound Recorder and the Mic input to record them, so the recordings aren't very good. Seems to me, though, that's doing justice to the generally shoddy quality of the originals. The only techy thing I did was to convert the WMA formats into MP3 the HTML5 player could play them. The downloadable versions are in the original WMA format though.
We borrowed our friend Frank Torres' drum machine on a few of these tracks, you can really tell the difference on those. I think I programmed it most of the time because I used it to knock out a bass line, but Justin did some too. In general, we started with the crappiest of equipment and found ways to come into better equipment over time. You can really tell the varying quality of music for sure based on the quality of equipment we had on hand when the song was made.
To Ben Gibbard, (since you'll never, ever see this now that you're all famous now) - sorry we didn't do a show with your band when you asked me... but really, it would have been embarrasing... you know... for you - didn't want to show you up, you know... I wonder if you still have the tape you borrowed in 1993? I *KNOW* you still have my old Fred and the Burkhardts tape, you thieveing bastard.
The Birthday Boys are (er... were):
Click a track below to show the player control for that track - or right click and Save As to download. Only modern browers work on, I'm using the HTML5 audio standard as a player. That means throwback browsers (like Internet Explorer 8 or older, for example) are out of luck. You'll have to download each file manually. The web has moved on - your browser hasn't... sorry. Oh, also, if you for some reason use Opera, you're also out of luck because it hasn't implemented MP3 in it's HTML5 audio element. If you are having trouble, just go download the lastest version of Chrome and stop wasting time with crappy browsers.
Oh, some of them have a long lead-in of silence, just be patient.
TODO: Scan the pile of old photographs I have in a box showing us in action...
Too much awesomeness? Yeah. I get it. Click below to load the "Best Of" playlist. This will overwrite any playlist you might already have set up (but it won't overwrite anything you've saved)! Scroll down for notes on specific tracks.
You can play them one at a time by clicking the song title below, OR you can check the boxes of the ones you want to hear and clicking this button:
Note on the playlist system - it's not the smartest playback tool. It plays each selected song, in the order you checked the boxes and plays the next song (defined by the order you picked them, NOT the name of the song) when the current one finishes. You can skip to the next one by dragging the progress bar to the end of the song, but there's no way to go back to a previous song. You can redo your playlist by unchecking all the boxes and checking them again in the order you want the songs to play. This is just here for convienience and really, this was a proof of concept application I wrote for something I was working on at work... Also, you can add more songs to the end of the list on the fly by checking their boxes, but if you uncheck any boxes while the play process is underway, craziness may ensue. You can clear your current list (it's listed over on the left) with the reset button. If set up a list, you can save it to your browser's localStorage by clicking Save and then reload it by clicking Load.
This was the first of our "music" - done as a birthday present for our friend Tristaline Hall
Unfortunatly, I can't find that tape. Hopefully it turns up! It's packed so full of awesome, you might pee yourself.
The majority of these tracks were recorded in my bedroom. A few were done at Josh Doehne's house or at Justin's but mostly mine while my mom tried hard not to beat us with a stick for making so much noise.
We got a little crazy on this one. We got access to the Olympic High School recording studio, so we have a couple high end keyboards, an 8-track recorder, and a mixer. Much higher quality and sorta makes up for our overall lack of talent. Also different here is that many of these tracks show me playing keyboards along with Justin. This was done after I'd gone to college and was back home on summer break (hence the name "interruption", so a lot of the lyrics I wrote were influenced by people or experiences I was having my freshman year in college.
* Not all of these were done in the studio, by the way... you can tell the difference
These are a few music-only tracks we made when we ran out of lyrics to use. not sure exactly when they were made. I think, maybe, toward the end the summer in 1995.
This was some really silly stuff I did with Justin's cousin Keegan along with Josh Doehne and Justin.
I've decided not to make these public... if you *really* want to hear them, let me know, but unless you were present when they were recorded, you'll probably never hear them. Ever.