At Home With the Groovebox

At Home With the Groovebox

     
 

The Groovebox combines three classic synthesizers from the 1980s (the 808 and 909 drum machines and the 303 bass machine) as well as a sampler of new and old sounds. Tannis Root developed the machine and has used Grand Royal's stable of artists (and then some) to compose a piece each, demonstrating the versatility of this retroSee more details below

Overview

The Groovebox combines three classic synthesizers from the 1980s (the 808 and 909 drum machines and the 303 bass machine) as well as a sampler of new and old sounds. Tannis Root developed the machine and has used Grand Royal's stable of artists (and then some) to compose a piece each, demonstrating the versatility of this retro instrument. The selection of artists is interesting, but not too surprising -- Buffalo Daughter, Beck, Cibo Matto, Sonic Youth, John McEntire (from Tortoise) -- and all are dab hands at samplers and rhythm boxes to start with and the resulting songs don't depart too far from their usual work. They are all exclusive to this compilation and are mostly solid work, apart from Beck's "Boyz," which sounds slapped together between gigs. Buffalo Daughter's "303+606=ACID" beeps and boops along as expected, Cibo Matto's "We Love Our Lawyers" struts along with cheesy keyboards and an obscured vocal. Also on board for the collection are some of the originators of the synthesized sound, Jean Jaques Perrey, Gershon Kingsley, and Dick Hyman, the latter of whose "Glass Slipper" shows how a technology borne out of early hip-hop music can be used for strange landscapes and beyond.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/04/2000
Label:
Grand Royal Records
UPC:
0758148006827
catalogNumber:
68

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sonic Youth   Track Performer
Pavement   Track Performer
Money Mark   Track Performer
Jean-Jacques Perrey   Track Performer
DJ Swamp   scratching
Bonnie "Prince" Billy   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Dick Hyman   Producer
Gershon Kingsley   Producer
Beck   Programming,Producer
Yuka Honda   Producer
Bill Mooney   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Wharton Tiers   Engineer
John McEntire   Engineer
Sean Lennon   Engineer
Cibo Matto   Producer
Buffalo Daughter   Engineer
bis   Producer
Air   Engineer
Miho Hatori   Producer
Chaki   Engineer
Joe Moody   Engineer
Tony Hoffer   Engineer
Duma Love   Engineer
Fritz Michaud   Art Direction
Mark "Money Mark" Ramos-Nishita   Engineer
Burning Brides   Composer
J.J.P.   Engineer
Lindsay Jehan   Producer
David Baron   Programming,Producer
Andrew Brandou   Illustrations
Jason Famous   Producer

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