- ==== CHUCK PERSON'S ECCOJAMS VOL. 1 [ASTERITE EDITION] ====
- this right here is a very attentive and comprehensive fan-made "remastering" of sorts of the stellar and seminal Eccojams Vol. 1 by Chuck Person, aka Daniel Lopatin; and also as of May '14 the closest we can get to a proper raw digital-quality release of Eccojams in its entirety until Dan decides to release one himself in the future, which doesn't seem likely with that Warp exclusivity and all.
- The main reason behind my decision to create this is the wide confusion as to which cassette rip out of several avaliable online is the "right one"-- due to discrepancies between cassette deck playback speeds (no two cassette players play back tapes at exactly the same speed) and vastly varying sound quality, from either incompetency during the process of ripping the tape itself or shitty encodes with overkill noise reduction. If you've downloaded this album more than once or heard tracks uploaded on youtube, you'll notice right away that it's kind of all over the place, and that sucks. Another big thing is that every rip avaliable has other flaws present if even for a few seconds, such as clipping distortion, oversaturation, tape dropouts/flickerouts abound. My goal is to seamlessly bridge the best quality versions of each track avaliable into a consistent, definitive package-- the be-all end-all Eccojams.
- •44.1khz / 24 bit
- •Assembled in Adobe Audition from the highest quality sources avaliable, lossless when possible but some tracks were only avaliable in lossy form (more on that below). thusly I'm presenting this in FLAC in case you're really anal about lossy-to-lossy transcodes, also archival purposes. Feel free to convert to mp3 if you don't give a shit about either
- •Before I begun, tape rips I utilized were "tuned" to the tracks we have avaliable 100% digitally already (as opposed to digital-to-analog-to-digital), from either the sunsetcorp youtube or releases like Memory Vague. For brevity's sake I'll refer to these as "true digital source(s)". Basically this ensures that overall playback speed is as "correct" as possible with an extremely low margin of error. By using the digital sources as reference to synchronize both speed and pitch simultaneously I essentially reverse the pitch error caused by the tape deck.
- •The tracks "Be Real", "The Door", "Horsemen", "Never Been Easy", "One More Year" "World" and "Silence" have been painstakingly reconstructed from lossless sources, using the original versions as reference perfectly synchronized.
- •Lossy-quality versions of the tracks "Angel", "Nobody Here" and "Demerol" were lifted straight from the releases "Memory Vague" and "KGB Nights / Blue Drive" respectively, with crossfades from precursory and successive tracks redone as accurately as possible. The Memory Vague version of Angel is incomplete so I took care to make the transition between it and another source as unnoticable as possible.
- •The tracks "Lightening Strikes" and "Information" were lifted from a long since closed soundcloud account run by Curatorial Club; these are true digital sources and also sound vastly better than any rip. Also lossy :(
- •The track splittings and track titles are unique to this version. Confirmed track titles (Angel, Demerol, Information, Lightening Strikes, Nobody Here) are applied. The track splittings of the original rip (i.e. JoJo edit and Castles in the Sky edit always being one track "A3") were always something that bothered me, they seemed arbitrarily decided by whoever ripped the tape first.
- •I've included an alternate cue sheet with the flac version for those who prefer the old, familiar track splittings and blank titles in the folder "legacy tracklisting".
- •the widely mislabled "web rip" on vaporwav.es and apparently was once avaliable and what.cd (?) is no such thing at all, there was never one released by The Curatorial Club as far as I am aware. In reality, this is just another unofficial fan cassette rip with godawful and deteriorative noise reduction applied
- THANK YOUS:
- •Dan the KGB man Lopatin for making the only album where I can zone the fuck out to both Fleetwood Mac and Tupac
- •Strawberry Illuminati for providing a 24 bit flac rip from his own tape. This was a huge step up in terms of frequency response and this project couldn't have been possible without it: http://strawberryilluminati.tumblr.com/
- •Coonshake for grabbing several lossless sources from what.cd as an errand for me, as I don't have a what account as of this writing
- •you :)
- and if you have a question or wanna drop a thank you or something, holler at http://last.fm/user/r8x0
- Thanx for downloading & JAM ON !!
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