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Doug Wyatt

December 1980

1980.12
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Guitar and synthesizer tape looping, and two piano/guitar improvs with Rich Kuslan.

1. o come all ye faithful
1:57
2. the next layer up / breathless / through the blue
13:03
3. alien love
10:11
4. from the dark water
15:41
5. silent knight
10:18
6. laughing gas
4:04
7. i knew i should have turned left
5:52
8. phaser fight
1:10
9. the first noël
4:53
total:  67:09

Doug Wyatt: guitar, piano, synthesizer
Rich Kuslan: guitar 6, 7

Produced by Doug Wyatt.
All compositions by Doug Wyatt except 1, 11 which are traditional, arranged by Doug Wyatt, and 6, 7 by Doug Wyatt and Rich Kuslan.

Digital transfer 3-4 October 2022.

Notes

Side 2 of the cassette is dated 12/21/80.

I'd set up a pair of reel-to-reel tape decks in my Dad's study, to be able to create tape loops like Robert Fripp. I borrowed my brother Andy's electric guitar.

Rich and I had met in fall 1979 at Cornell, and had played Mahavishnu tunes together. I recruited him to play in Outrage in fall 1980. (By the time he came over right before Christmas to record this, I think he'd left the band.)

movements of "alien love" (not quite clear where boundaries are):
1 - love song
2 - festival in flight
3 - common tongues
4 - undertones
5 - first gestures