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Various Artists – Notre Dame 7 ET18 – This Window – Poultry / Chow

 This Window – Poultry / Chow

I discovered this video on Facebook. It is always flattering to find a track taking on a new life in a different format. Originally this was released on a cassette compilation in 1994 (see below).
Various Artists – Notre Dame 7  ET18
Released: 1994
Genre: Electronic
Style: Experimental, Ambient, Drone, Minimal
Label: EE Tapes  – Belgian label, founded in 1987 by Eriek Van Havere, specialising in experimental, ambient and noise music.

A place for electronic, ambient and adventurous music. Since 1987. Where legends feel at home… EE Tapes

2009 remix of ‘Extraction’ by Jake Bright.

Originally released by EE Tapes in 1989, Extraction was conceived to be heard in two parts, side A and side B. This download mix is a lot softer and feels a lot different from the original cassette release as the tracks are broken down into single files.

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This Window - Cassette Culture 1989 - 2009 - Extraction Pt. 1

Notes on original cassette version: The tracks on this release merge so individual track timings are difficult to work out. Side A is 19:45 and Side B is 19:40. ‘Extraction’ was recorded for EE-Tapes of Belgium in 1989. Part of this recording was made in a bathroom and features Nicola Mumford the vocalist from Finish The Story.

“Extraction” proves conclusively that This Window are no mere flash in the pan,with ‘songs’ that sting in the face and playing that flays the senses raw. I clearly prefer This Window to any other current state of the artmixers that are presently popular.

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‘The Search Begins’ 1981 – recorded on a Tascam 144 Portastudio


Published on 28 Sep 2016

The good ol’ days of home recording in anolog . 4 track recording with early VHS video. It is meant to look like this and the intro is meant to be pure audio and visual noise!!!!

From Garry Smout‘s Facebook Page

Peter Bright (AKA This Window) recorded the music on a Tascam 4 track cassette in 1981 and I crash edited the video between two VHS machines and a titler around 1982 or 83. Early home recording all round! It ‘won’ me three silk handkerchiefs at the Tokyo Film Festival (they even sent the VHS back!) and totally baffled the BBC on how it was made. Which was odd as it was the early intro to the BBC’s Doctor Who that is the inspiration! And yes, that is Gene Kelly at the beginning but the fine, thin figure with the long ponytail (OK, mullet) is me running in my Bristol living room. Blistering track from Peter and yes, it is meant to look like that. Only 2016 addition is a credit/copyright at the end and I sharpened the image a little.

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Here is a cassette album we appeared on in 1990, now available as a download.


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There is a brief retrospective interview looking back at the early days and the origins of ‘This Window’ in the November 2009 issue of ‘The Living Archive of Underground Music’.

“I think my first exposure to Peter Bright’s This Window project came with this tape on the IRRE label from Germany. Peppered with experimentalism and a sense of wander and wonder” Don Campau – Read more…


The early experiences of the audio mail art scene by Peter Bright (artist, This Window)

Published on: ‘The Living Archive of Underground Music

If you sat me down and asked me what were the main reasons for getting involved in this emotionally draining and sometimes very unrewarding ARTFORM called ‘home taping’, then I would say two things:
  • In the early 1970’s when I was about 13 or 14 years old I loved ‘Motown’ and ‘Led Zeppelin’ (my music tastes were very eclectic). In the UK there was a TV show called ‘Top of the Pops’, which shaped the adolescent pop culture.  The stars appeared on a Thursday night and lip-synched to their hits. Then one night (1972) a band called ‘Roxy Music’ appeared and turned the whole thing on its head. I can still see the performance in my mind’s eye. I had suddenly been exposed to ‘Art School Rock’. They were remarkably radical, different musically and visually.
  • Around the same time (1973) an album was released on ‘Virgin Records’ called ‘The Faust Tapes’.  This was a marketing experiment which had a retail price of 49 pence (UK) – so lots of people bought it and a lot of people threw it into the trash. The German band Faust were without a record deal and their producer Uwe Nettlebeck gave these tapes to Virgin for free. These apparently thrown together bits of tape noises, sounds, songs etc. were all mangled together – well, that is what most people thought.  In reality it was an exceptionally well crafted piece of work and was the inspiration for my EEtapes release ‘Extraction’ in 1989.
These two things combined with going to Art School eventually got me involved in experimenting with recorded sound. The first machines I used were a Phillips reel to reel and a budget priced cassette recorder.

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