At Home With the Groovebox

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ted Mills
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ted Mills
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: 4/4/2000
  • Label: Grand Royal Records
  • UPC: 758148006827
  • Catalog Number: 68

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Groovy Leprechauns - Jean-Jacques Perrey (5:17)
  2. 2 303+606=Acid - Buffalo Daughter (3:30)
  3. 3 J.I.H.A.D. - John McEntire (3:38)
  4. 4 Planet Vega - Air (5:22)
  5. 5 Robyn Turns 26 - Pavement (2:52)
  6. 6 Insects Are All Around Us - Money Mark (3:03)
  7. 7 Boyz (2:52)
  8. 8 Winged Elephants - Sean Lennon (2:58)
  9. 9 Popcorn - Gershon Kingsley (3:56)
  10. 10 Campfire - Sonic Youth (2:20)
  11. 11 Oh My! - bis (2:39)
  12. 12 We Love Our Lawyers - Cibo Matto (4:29)
  13. 13 Today I Started Celebrating Again - Bonnie "Prince" Billy (4:44)
  14. 14 Glass Slipper - Dick Hyman (4:20)
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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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