"'DAT era' (2016-) collects all of the music I recorded between 1993 & 2002, when mixing in real-time to Stereo DAT at 16-bit, 44.1k or 48k was the norm.
This was a fruitful time, starting from a year-long sabbatical from music school spent in the greater New York City area, during which I was first exposed to the New Music, Club, & "Downtown" scenes, voraciously consuming everything I could - thanks to venues such as The Knitting Factory, ABC No Rio, CB's 313 Gallery, & (later) Club Vinyl, as well as record shops like Downtown Music Gallery, Pier Platters, & (later) Kim's Underground.
I had been recording experimental music at home on a Fostex 4-track throughout most of my teenage years, but the arrival of a Tascam 238 Syncaset & matching M-1508 mixer in 1991 opened things up considerably. I began learning how to use Dr. T's Tiger Cub & KCS on an Atari 1040ST to control a Roland U-110 & an Akai S-2800 & made dozens & dozens of tracks in the process, ranging from daft techno to psychedelic & industrial rock to cut-ups & sample collages. Around 1996 these experiments crystallized into a specific sound of noisy, lo-fi jungle & hip hop, largely sampling Avant-Garde LPs & breaks from 45s.
Once I moved on to Opcode's Studio Vision running on a Mac Performa 6300CD controlling an upgraded Akai S-3000XL sampler into an Allen & Heath MixWizard 16 & a number of outboard effects units including a Boss SE-70, things started to get even clearer; I was producing on average a track a week, often returning home from a late-shift job in a record ship to work through the night on music. I saved up enough money to press a "Compilation" 12" at Europadisk on Varick Street in lower Manhattan, then issued a couple of albums of this material as Hrvatski, the second of which was for Mike "µ-Ziq" Paradinas' Planet µ label.
In addition to solo Electronic Music productions & guitar-based performances, I was also playing in several bands & in Free Improvisation contexts, including the El-Ron duo / trio with Russ Newman & Ariel Saloman, The Liver Sadness with Vibeke Skagbo, Sheket / Trabant with Andrei Smarandoiu, and The Finger Lakes with Russ, Vibeke, and Andrei."
"In November of 2015, I moved with my family from the greater Boston area - my home-base of 24 years - to Melbourne, Australia. In the process of deciding what was to come with us & what would end up in the skip, I contemplated simply erasing this material & going forward into the future. I had long since moved on to other areas of music & the general consensus on most of this music was that it was simply never going to be ripe for reappraisal.
In the end, the tapes came with us & I've been slowly transferring everything to the studio computer, cleaning up & remastering the tracks, and putting everything up on BandCamp in DAT-replica packs; not so much as a serious commercial endeavor, but as a way to have everything hosted online for quick & easy reference. It's been a fun & rewarding process & I'm very proud of most of the music; current trends & tastes be damned.
Feel free to stream anything there; it'll give you a couple of plays, gratis. After that, if you want to have anything on your Hard Drive, you can purchase either FLAC or MP3 archives of the music, complete with ultra high-res scans of each DAT. There's also a subscription model where you get access to everything for a low monthly rate; I'd recommend that over purchasing the individual titles."