36 Years Ago

36 Years Ago, Vienna 1971—A Student Journal

Day 123: Splicing a letter home


Vienna 1971—A Student Journal
A year of music, study, travel, sightseeing & friends.

Day 123 — Splicing a letter home
03-December-1971 (Fri.)


Began to work on my “letter to my family,” project in electronic music. Simply, that I want to make a funny letter, using music and speech, to send home. Splicing, etc.


An audio letter. Writing is passé. Well, not really, but I am recording bits of audio on tape and splicing together segments to create a letter for my family. Splicing is the old-fashioned audio technique of cutting and pasting audio-tape segments together (with razor blades) to produce new audio material. I was recording my vocal letter and then bits of songs and splicing them together. Since we no longer use magnetic audio tape as the primary means of recording audio, tape splicing is a forgotten technique. Today, we record, edit, cut, copy, and paste audio on our computers, digitally. We call this digital audio editing. It is digital splicing.

1971 humor = corny. I found a tape of this “audio letter” home. It is super-corny. I would talk to my family and then splice in audio segments from pop songs that I brought with me on cassettes. Sometimes you can’t understand the words in the song, and other times it’s just corny, regardless. In general, the whole letter is corny. It's interesting to realize that what you thought was funny or cool when you were young, is no longer funny or cool. Ha.

It’s the thought. Yes, it’s the thought that counts, thankfully. I’m certain that my family enjoyed it (or probably thought that I was now taking drugs). Winking


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