harmful frequencies
Quicker - Harmful Frequencies

Casio PT-1 keyboard meets Radio Shack Space Patrol Walkie-Talkies. Hilarity ensues?

Not quite. Still, this superb collection of borderline noise from the mid 90s goes all the way from bleeps to static-laden blips, with lots of interesting feedback inbetween. Think late Boredoms meets early Sonic Youth (and forget their actual collaborations, which are beyond the scope of this comparison).

Yes, that's your Junk Magnet at the helm, and if you listen carefully you can even hear his old tiny studio apartment in Berkeley (headquarters of the JM zine) in the background. Not that the apartment is making enough noise to rise above the music (or noise, depending on your perspective), but you get my drift.

All 13 songs were recorded live, with one take and no extra effects. Straight from moderately priced consumer audio cassettes to AIFF files to MP3s, for your, um, "enjoyment". No, I don't have a 4 track - all that you hear, is what I made come forth unassisted by compu-trickery. Sure, I looked quite spazzy when I did it, but doesn't it sound swell? (Please Note: Don't ask my former neighbors what they thought of the whole experience - I'm sure they are a bit biased, considering the lack of sound proofing).

Just so that you know, the songs to the right have been carefully sequenced for your maximum listening enjoyment, so if you download the lot, play them in the order I have them in. I'm also planning on pressing a CD including said tracks - plus some other gems from those sessions, not to mention some new Quicker stuff - in the future. More information will be forthcoming. Until then, please spread these tracks far and wide. Use Bit Torrent or the many peer-to-peer file sharing programs, with my blessing.

If you're new to the world of New Wave Casiocore, might I suggest Not Not, Oh La Yo La, or Geiger Counter's Daughter? The first is quite the minimalistic pseudo-dancy thing, the second an action packed distortion jam, and the third a cross between the two. Listen well, and enter the future world of sound that is Quicker

To learn all the amazingly compelling secrets about how Quicker sounds are constructed, by all means read this superb article.

No, there is no official Quicker fan club yet. E-mail me if you want to be the first member.



Nicholas Freeman: Casio PT-1 keyboard, walkie-talkies

1st Album:
[Harmful Frequencies]
To Be Released in the future

WARNINGS: Do not exceed recommended dosage. If nervousness, dizziness, or sleeplessness occur, discontinue use and consult a doctor. Do not listen to this product for more than 10 days. A persistent ringing of the ears may be a sign of a serious condition. If symptoms do not improve or confusion persists for more than 7 days, tends to recur, or is accompanied by rash behavior, persistent headache, fever that lasts for more than 3 days, or if new symptoms occur, consult a doctor. Do not listen to this product for persistent or chronic boredom such as occurs with eating, drinking, sleeping, running, walking, talking or when ringing of the ears is accompanied by excessive twitching (spazziness) unless directed by a doctor. If discomfort is severe, persists for more than 2 days, is accompanied or followed by fever, headache, rash, nausea, or vomiting, consult a doctor promptly. Do not listen to this product if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, diabetes, or difficulty in urination due to enlargement of the prostate gland unless directed by a doctor. As with any music, if you are pregnant or nursing a baby, seek the advice of a health professional before listening to this product. KEEP THIS AND ALL OTHER MP3s OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN OR TEENS. In case of accidental overdose, seek professional assistance or contact a Noise Pollution Control Center immediately. Prompt medical attention is critical for adults as well as for children even if you do not notice any signs or symptoms.



01.[space patrol pt-1]
mp3, 1600k, 1:42

02.[not not]
mp3, 2790k, 2:59

mp3, 854k, 0:55

04.[walking the block]
mp3, 3532k, 3:47

05.[jet fan grind]
mp3, 4334k, 4:38

06.[space patrol pt-2]
mp3, 2124k, 2:16

07.[oh la yo la]
mp3, 2214k, 2:22

08.[buzzy saw]
mp3, 2584k, 2:46

09.[shake charmer]
mp3, 2629k, 2:49

10.[ecclectic third rail]
mp3, 2393k, 2:34

11.[geiger counter's daughter]
mp3, 1612k, 1:43

12.[space patrol pt-3]
mp3, 2292k, 2:27

mp3, 636k, 0:41


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