Early Jaffe and McGee
cassette recordings, Indianapolis, 1981
audio documentary with commentary by Hal McGee
A collection of material from the earliest cassette recordings that Debbie Jaffe and I made in the year 1981. It’s almost 150 minutes of listening, 30 minutes of which are commentaries that I recently recorded, in which I talk about the recordings, the ideas behind them, how Debbie and I met, etc.
Some of this material was later used by Debbie on the
60 Minutes Of Laughter cassette (1983), but most of these recordings have been unheard by anyone but us until now. What you’ll hear are basic, raw, primitive cassette recordings of us exploring and creating experimental cassette music from scratch, out of nothing, making it up as we go along. We later developed a more electronic sound on our Viscera cassettes, and with our solo projects, Master/Slave Relationship and Dog As Master.
Original cassette recordings by Debbie Jaffe edited into present time by Hal McGee.
Read a review of Invisible Shadows at Aural Innovations
1. Commentary 1 - HM
2. Harmonica Feedback Experiment - JK & MP
3. Commentary 2 - HM
4. Invisible Shadows - JK & MP
5. Commentary 3 - HM
6. Electric Fan Piece - JK & MP
7. Blago Bung - JK & MP
8. Lauli Lonni Cadori - JK & MP
9. Mipoola Palinga - JK & MP
10. Sight - JK & MP
11. Commentary 4 - HM
12. Why Do You Do It? - JK & MP
13. Whatsa Purple Punctuation Mantra - JK & MP
14. Commentary 5 - HM
15. Floatin' On The Waves - Dancing Invisibles
16. Visions - Dancing Invisibles
17. Early Ugly Talk - Dancing Invisibles
18. Airplanes And Engines - Dancing Invisibles
19. Children At Play - JK & MP
20. The Genitals That Ate Indianapolis - JK & MP
21. Commentary 6 - HM
22. Live At The Sanctuary - JK & MP
23. Commentary 7 - HM
24. Love Is On My Side / Pain Research - Trish & The Swishettes
25. Depression Tape Part 1 - JK & MP
26. Depression Tape Part 2 - JK & MP
a HalTapes production, November 2015
I recorded my audio commentaries in November 2015 on a Panasonic RQ-2102 shoebox style mono cassette recorder.
You can find extensive information on all of our early cassette recordings and the early 1980s experimental music scene in Indianapolis by clicking on the Indianapolis tab at the top of this page.
Debbie Jaffe, for the artistic partnership
Scott Colburn, The Viscera Dude,
for repairing some of the Early J &M Tapes