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Tue Mar 5, 2019, 11:50 PM

The Original Acid Witch Warble


Trippy understated tracer echo.

This was special music.




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Wed Mar 6, 2019, 12:17 AM

1. I was expecting an oddity in the sound, an accidental effect as happened in this recording...



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Some info on the phasing effect from an interview with engineer Larry Levine:
Wayne Shanklin, wrote another hit song —Toni Fisher, singing “The Big Hurt”—which was the first use of phasing on a record... though it wasn’t intentional phasing. Stan had made mono and stereo mixes—at that point, we only had two-track and mono anyway—and Wayne liked the mono mix, but he felt that Toni’s voice wasn’t out quite far enough, so the next day he asked me to make a tape copy and to run the two mixes together in order to double the sound of her voice. I explained to him that that wouldn’t work, because the two tape machines wouldn’t stay in sync, but he insisted that I try it anyway. So I did—I lined up the two tapes and started the two machines simultaneously... and it stayed together, pretty much, for the first eight bars, and then one went out of phase with the other. It just happened to be at a point where the strings went up in the air and disappeared and then came back after the null point.

My reaction was, “See, I told you it wouldn’t work,” but he was falling on the floor, saying, “Wow—can you make that happen in other places?” So I figured out which tape was moving a little bit ahead and I started it slightly later so it would catch up. In the end I made about six edits. It ended up being a big hit record when it was released back in 1959, and people were trying to guess where it was made—a lot of disk jockeys were talking about it on the air, wondering if it was made at an airport with a big jet passing by. So it wasn’t something intentional to start with, but, like many innovations, pure luck."

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Response to Gamle-ged (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 6, 2019, 07:14 PM

2. That was really cool!



I could hear the effect quite clearly!

With the Zombies, the effect was much more subtle and possibly completely subjective.

The band is "The Zombies".

Under "certain conditions", the ending of certain lines ("oooh, noooo!") has a decidedly zombieish trailing reverb.



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