When I was little, my Grandpa Cyril (or was it my Grandma Elizabeth?) had an old black dual-cassette stereo that could be carried around with a handle.
It was a long form model, with one speaker on each end, and two separate cassette holders that would ca-check click open on either side of the center. The buttons on the top (or were they on the bottom in the front?) were mechanical and would make complex little chu-chunk noises when pressed.
I recorded words and songs on a blank cassette tape, and then I played it from the tape deck on one side while recording myself adding layers to another blank cassette tape in the tape deck on the other side.
As a kid I sang harmony with myself this way on some number of occasions, feeling that this was a perfectly magical way for me to spend my time in the company of this very interesting and useful technology.
Over the years as I grew and became what is (I think erroneously, generally) called “an adult” in the world, I found other ways to do this. I experimented with digital audio and adding layers to my recordings from a computer, and then from a smartphone.
I found different apps to do this with, though over most of those years I never really learned enough about professional audio editing software to do it reliably the “right” way. (Whatever that means.)
Ultimately, I found a lot of value in low-resolution experimentation — especially on Telegram messenger in recent years, where I’ve been able to record one audio message and then play it on the device while simultaneously recording another audio message.
The previous post of this title, Walk Through (Yea), was recorded while working in the kitchen. This was the third iteration of the same hook, wherein the previous item (the second iteration) had been a layered recording made on Telegram messenger in the above fashion. It’s found at the link pointed to by this designation — Layered multi-vocal audio: t.me/IntuitiveSong/33 — in the links further down the page.
In the podcast audio at the top of this page, you’ll find a fourth iteration — with another layer.
Thank you for listening.
Yea, though I walk
through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff
shall comfort me.
The sun has risen;
the daughter has spoken;
the light is expanding;
the mourning has broken.
The air is clearing;
the time is nearing;
all things we were fearing
have wilted away. (Yea!)
Intuitive Public Music performance of 28 July 2023.
Song melody composition, additional lyrics, & vocal audio by Megan Elizabeth Morris (Imox 10 Oc, 29 March 2023, with new harmony added 28 July 2023) • Bible verse song lyrics from Psalm 23:4 in the Jubilee Bible, bible.com/bible/1077/psa.23.4.JUB.
Original hook: t.me/IntuitiveSong/32
Layered multi-vocal audio: t.me/IntuitiveSong/33
Walk Through (Yea) substack: intuitivepublicradio.substack.com/p/walk-through-yea
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