With a little bit of luck my wife found me a dusty old Revox B77 tape recorder. Despite its rickety state, it was love a first sight. Getting it to play a tape was, to my surprise, quite a daunting task, let alone use it to record sounds. But after some loving and some serious cleaning, the record head started moving the magnetic particles of the tape again, sound was stuck onto that glorious piece of moving plastic film.
I started experimenting and recording, with the goal of composing songs especially for it. That ambition got killed rather abruptly when the B77 caught fire after an intense jamming/recording session. All I was left with was strips of sound, of which I was able to compile the some lovely results. Rather than burying it in my shelf of unfinished ideas, I thought a small cassette was a fitting salute to that wonderful machine, where music really became magic again.
released 14 May 2013
Tape explorations by Wim Maesschalck.
Recorded between 2010 and 2012.
Released as a cassette in 2013 by Jordskred.
Artwork by Louis Reith.
Thanks to: Jo, Oskar, Ulrike & Johan G. Winther
Wixel is the musical outfit of Wim Maesschalck. Founder of the slaapwel records label, which only releases music dedicated
to fall asleep to. The music of wixel has often been described as melancholic winter music - a warm and organic mix of acoustic instruments and gentle electronic treatments with a lot of care for detail....more