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How a recording-studio mishap shaped ’80s music

An evening pause: Some technical rock music history.

Hat tip lazurus long.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

Available everywhere for $3.99 (before discount) at amazon, Barnes & Noble, all ebook vendors, or direct from the ebook publisher, ebookit. And if you buy it from ebookit you don't support the big tech companies and I get a bigger cut much sooner.


  • wayne

    Suzanne Vega Records Tom’s Diner to an Edison Wax Cylinder
    Thomas Edison National Historical Park, February 10, 2012

  • eddie willers

    Now I know who to blame.

  • Eddie Willers; concur.

    Wayne: I’ve heard wax cylinder recordings (via internet), and it’s not so much the recording quality (bad), but the fact it could be done at all. The highest of tech, back in the day.

  • James Stephens

    In the late 1970 into the 80s we experimented with bucket brigade chips and voltage controlled amplifiers and noise gates to achieve programmable reverb, on a budget. They didn’t mention spring reverb here which was used all over the place particularly in organs and guitar amps. The heavy compression used by radio broadcasters also emphasized the sound of gated reverb for drums. All hail the Orban Optimod!

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