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Robair, Gino

Two Pieces, Two Decades Apart [CASSETTE]

Robair, Gino : Two Pieces, Two Decades Apart [CASSETTE] (Banned Production)

Gino Robair recorded this cassette of ham radio in Alaska while on tour with organist Dave Hyatt, taking his feed off the radio of a friendly operator while they listened to an anonymous operator trolling the airwaves and taunting others, over strange whines and radio timbre.

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Label: Banned Production
Catalog ID: bp238
Squidco Product Code: 21664

Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Side A recorded in Fairbanks, Alaska in September 25th, 1994.

Side B recorded on June 8th, 2013.


Gino Robair-radio, modular synthesizer

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Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"During a tour to Fairbanks, Alaska with organist Dave Hyatt, I stayed with a ham operator named Chuck, who allowed me to scan through the channels on his radio and record the results. Poking through the lovely radio-waves timbres was someone - we would now call him a troll - happily taunting the other operators. Recorded to cassette 9/25/94. this excerpt is heard as recorded; no overdubs. Been thinking a lot about dick Higgins lately, to whom foewandombwhnw is dedicated (and from whom the title was cribbed)."-Gino Robair

Artist Biographies

"Gino Robair has created music for dance, theater, radio, television, silent film, and gamelan orchestra, and his works have been performed throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. He was composer in residence with the California Shakespeare Festival for five seasons and served as music director for the CBS animated series The Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat. His commercial work includes themes for the MTV and Comedy Central cable networks.

Robair is also one of the "25 innovative percussionists" included in the book Percussion Profiles (SoundWorld, 2001). He has recorded with Tom Waits, Anthony Braxton, Terry Riley, Lou Harrison, John Butcher, Derek Bailey, Peter Kowald, Otomo Yoshihide, the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, and Eugene Chadbourne, among many others. In addition, Robair has performed with John Zorn, Nina Hagen, Fred Frith, Eddie Prevost, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, Myra Melford, Wadada Leo Smith, and the Club Foot Orchestra.

Robair is a founding member of the Splatter Trio and the heavy-metal band, Pink Mountain. In addition, he runs Rastascan Records, a label devoted to creative music.

As a writer about music technology, Robair has contributed to Mix, Remix, Guitar Player, and Electronic Musician (EM) magazine, where he was an editor for 10 years. He is the author of two books, including The Ultimate Personal Recording Studio (Thompson; 2006)."

-Gino Robair Website (

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Track Listing:


1. Fairbanks, Sunday morning


1. foewandombwhnw

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