ugly and strange 1

like almost everything i say and do, this is public domain (CC0 for countries where it’s illegal to put things in the public domain (like Germany, lol))

here are all the individual parts as audio, and a midi file for the sick drum part, in case you want to do a remix

if you do a remix, and you send it to me and permit it, i’ll put it on the EP when i release it

it’s a ps1 overworld theme and i have the bedroom door locked and it’s 2am and i’m stoned and concerned my parents might hear the playstation and knock the door to tell me to stop

when i startedi was dreaming of making music that doesn’t sound like the playstation 1, but here we are

like when elliott smith was like “if i could write happy music, i would. i wish i could”

except it’s “look if i could write ps3 music,”

bit wild this one; i had inner turmoil but now i’m cured.

i used to make music like this a lot, but it always felt really disjointed. i’ve learnt now that if you have a quickly rising sine wave in the bar before the change, (or x---x---x-x-xxxx, in whatever way (you can have different instruments pass of parts to one another)) then it feels OK and pretty good. people just need warning that there is going to be change. they don’t need to know what is going to change, they just need to know that a change is coming.

a photo of the london skyline just before sunset. a semi-transparent irish hound floats above the red sun and the city
  1. sitting in the back of the fire
  2. they flew like geese
  3. lil sushi bip tesci
  4. saand

a bought a compact cassette recorder.


the little box for the Sanyo TRC-1148 Compact Cassette Recorder

it’s a Sanyo TRC-1148.


  • built-in speaker
  • built-in mic
  • mic port (jack)
  • ear port (jack)
  • voice-activated recording (you can arm the tape to record and have it not start rolling until it hears a loud enough sound)
  • a 3-digit tape counter

tape is warm


a tape of circus music “MUSIC FROM UNDER THE BIG TOP – The Circus All-Stars”. there is washi tape over the write-protect holes.

the seller didn’t mention there was circus music inside


the 3-digit tape counter reads 978

it’s a great album. if you wind to the end of the first side and reset the tape counter, then rewind until the counter reads 978, there is about 54 seconds of blank tape.

i’ve made this with the tape recorder and the OP-1:


the tape recorder and the op-1 (and the pocket operator k.o. and the a notebook and a pen and some gay headphones)

it’s good

— chee ( 2020-05-10