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Tobias. Studio Works 1986​-​1988 - NSP 17

by Tobias Freund

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Ameisen 05:20
Vocoder 01:17
PCM-1 03:42
Emu 01:34
PCM-2 03:02
Hund 00:53
Kalüpso 02:41
Half Speed 01:23
Beat 01:40
Kässchmier 03:38
Sultan 03:52
Weather 04:11
Uhh 01:10


released August 23, 2019

Tobias. Studio Works 1986-1988

This is the second release of my archive material.

In 1985, I started working as a sound engineer in the famed Far Studios of German hit producer legend Frank Farian in Rosbach near Frankfurt, and there had an array of gear at my disposal that not many producers could afford, and know how to use in consequence. In the center a high-end Neve studio desk, but also the finest machines created by mythic brands like Linn, Kurzweil, Publison, or Quantec. Confronted with this considerable amount of opportunities on a daily basis, I soon decided to use what I was surrounded with for my own musical ideas, and started experimenting with it in my spare time. My perception of sounds quickly surpassed what I had known before. The equipment offered me many possibilities to position sounds within a song and I learnt how to compose by filling up all the places in between the speakers. There was not only left and right but near and far as well, and even up and down. My preferred perspective grew to be that of standing in front of the speakers, "looking down" on a song from a slightly higher position. The material was recorded on analogue reel-to-reel audiotape, which I subsequently edited and deconstructed manually with a razor blade, an edit block and a roll of audio splicing tape.

Equipment used: Linn 9000, Kurzweil K 250, Emulator ll, Yamaha DX 7, EMS Vocoder, Publison, Lexicon, Quantec, Eventide, AMS, Studer and Neve

Cover photo by Stefan Freund

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Non Standard Productions is the label of Tobias Freund founded in 2006. The releases are collaborations between Tobias and colleges. As the name itself suggests the idea of the label is to be a platform in which anything non standard can be released.

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