[rumori] Chart Sweep

From: The Evolution Control Committee (eccATpobox.com)
Date: Wed Jun 26 2002 - 08:47:14 PDT

At 08:45 AM 6/25/02 -0700, you wrote:

> >mistakenly put into "preview" mode or something... it reminded me
> >of "Chartsweep"...
>Hugo fucking Keesing's CHARTSWEEP. My god. Can we get that up on the
>Detritus archives sometime? I know your copy is a cruddy cassette copy of
>the cruddy cassette copy I got from Gunderson but it's such an important
>piece. Hey Mark, maybe send Steev and I a digital transfer? When you're
>not too busy that is, oh ha ha ha.

     Laugh while can, monkey boy. Yesterday just happened to be a Do-It-Now
Day for me and so I hopped to it. Online now for your consideration, CHART
SWEEP in two massive parts:

Chart Sweep, part one || mp3 || 46:02 || 63.2meg ||
Chart Sweep, part two || mp3 || 28:10 || 38.7meg ||

     Sorry they're so huge, but I didn't want to lose any more quality than
already has been lost. As Wobbly says, it came to me on a normal bias
cassette, a copy of a copy (of a copy, of...?), lousy levels, low high end,
and so on. The MP3s are 192kbps encoded by Razorlame, and I have processed
the recordings first with background noise reduction and then with harmonic
distortion to restore some high end. Still sounds like crap, but better
sounding crap than before.

     Best of all, they fit very snuggly on one CD-R. Woop!

>For background, 'Chartsweep' is a simple chronological collage featuring a
>tiny fragment of every #1 US chart hit from 1956 to 1990, about 45 minutes
>total length. The crossfades are very intelligently done and it's a
>mindboggling listen. I tried tracking down Keesing with search engines
>about a year ago, he's an archivist who lived around Maryland at one point
>it seems, but no contact point.

     As I recall the explanation told to me when I received it, the
compilation covers the complete age of the 45. It starts in 1956 when pop
charts began and each #1 hit was released one a 45, and end in the 90's
when the last #1 hit was offered on 45. Presumably after that point #1 hits
were only on cassingle or CD-single and no longer on vinyl.
     The cassette was given to me by a co-worker years ago who I haven't
kept in contact with. I got the impression from her that she personally
knew the compiler. If I ever see her again I'll ask...

- tradeMark G. (tm)

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