Phase III: We make our own music.
If the first phase of Blue Tapes was occult little objects (unusual sounds on tapes stashed inside books and miniature treasure chests), home-dubbed and released in micro-editions, and the second was to branch out into other formats and release music that was just drop-dead cool (Katie Gately, Plains Druid, Tashi Dorji, Threes and Will, Henry Plotnick etc, etc.), then the third phase of the label gestures towards reconciling those histories while laying track for the future.
The Blue Tapes House Band isn’t a band as such, rather it’s the codename for an ongoing project, which - with each iteration - showcases a different permutation of Blue Tapes artists producing new music in collaboration with each other and the label itself.
Each release will see the musicians generating new sounds in accordance with strategies and structures provided by the label. For Vol. 1 - the first release in the series - the remit was fairly simple. Each musician was asked to remix an existing piece of music from the Blue Tapes back catalogue. While the tape features all the remixes collaged into a continuous piece of music, the remixes are provided as discrete files in the accompanying download.
For this incarnation of The Blue Tapes House Band, the line-up is as follows:
- Matt Collins (blue one)
- Hitoshi Asaumi (Leedian; blue two)
- Teruyuki Kurihara (Cherry; blue three)
- Laurent Chambert (blue four)
- Robin Wilks (Bobby Whirlwind; blue six)
- Andy Pyne (Kellar/Map 71; blues six and sixteen)
- Alex Photaki (Kurosounds; blue seven)
- Katie Gately (blue eight)
- Joe Houpert (Prayer/We Are Bright & Broken; blue book one)
- EyeSea (blue ten)
- Jon McIntosh (Plains Druid; blue eleven)
- Tashi Dorji (blue twelve)
- Andre Kruusmaa (Threes and Will; blue thirteen)
- Huerequeque (blue thirteen)
- Henry Plotnick (blue fourteen)
- Rev. Freddie (Father Murphy; blue fifteen)
- C. Lee (Father Murphy; blue fifteen)
- Lisa Jayne (Map 71; blue sixteen)
- Patrick G (Pour Le Plaisir; x-ray two)
- Benjamin Finger (x-ray three)
- Shaman B (sonic blue three)
We’re already working on the second and third volumes - one of which is a composition assembled out of tape loops created by Blue Tapes musicians, while the other will be a group improvisation.
While some have described the label’s output as “eclectic”, in truth to us, all of the releases just sounded like different spokes of the same wheel. The Blue Tapes House Band is what happens when you spin the wheel.