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Why Not Fest VII

by Nora Nygard

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Tape One 10:05
Tape Two 09:51
Tape Three 09:58
Fest Loop 17:24


This mixtape comprises recordings made before and during my Why Not Fest VII performance. Tracks one through three are transfers of reference cassettes I recorded while practicing my set. Track four is a transfer of the audio that was recorded to my TC Electronic Ditto X4 loop pedal while performing live. I realized about three weeks after the fact that I still had a portion of my Fest set recorded in the looper.


released September 19, 2016

Nora Nygard: Producer / Recording / Mixing / Mastering / Transfer from Cassette to Digital / Synthesizer / Tape / Effects / Artwork / Graphic Design / Cover

Equipment used on this album includes:

Four-track cassette decks: Yamaha MT120, Tascam Portastudio 424, Tascam Porta 07, Tascam Porta 414 MKII

Pedals: Akai E2 Headrush, Strymon Deco Tape Saturation & Doubletracker, Strymon Timeline, Empress Reverb, Chase Bliss Warped Vinyl mkII, Moog Minifooger MF Delay, DigiTech Luxe + others

Synthesizers: Roland S-50, Ensoniq ESQ-1

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Nora Nygard Saint Paul, Minnesota

I've always been searching. Drumming in punk bands. Singing into a cassette mic alone. Trans angst, alienation, going on the road. Synthesis, tape, poetry. Two failed tours, two failed degrees. Reclaiming my voice from the choir, reshaping my voice after punk rock. Years of isolation, hormone therapy, production studies, and hundreds of releases with various projects. ... more

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