Thursday, December 16, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Did you like the hand claps in SIGSALY? Wonder where they came from?
We at Rope & Pulley have a long-standing policy forbidding the sampling of artists outside our roster. In the prehistory of the label (1999), however, one finds an outlier. The Royal Ambassadors, including the young and fresh Roy L'Ambas - at the time recording under the name of Doctor Peter Venkman - used their Casio SK-1 sampler to lift a second or so from a track by hip hop greats The Roots.
Apparently, the theft left a niggling thorn in Roy's side and so, when he set to work on current pop hit SIGSALY, he decided to steal from himself. Those drums and hand claps, performed by Roy's very own hands and drums, have made a ten year journey from Red Pig Studios at 299 Pacific Street, Brooklyn, NY to Rope & Pulley's 2010 New Jersey digs.
Here's the untitled track 16 from Lubra-Smooth by The Royal Ambassadors, circa 1999.
Saturday, November 20, 2010
"If I had had a father he would have told me 'My father always said 'Play it close to the chest, son.''"
"I would have ignored that advice, though."
Thus the dubious stuttz, on returning to musical life. Long time Rope & Pulley listeners will remember that our earliest mid-naughties releases issued forth from the untrained self-apparatus of avant-garde visual artist sttutz, who, having been given a PC loaded with cheap music software, was invited to produce tracks with the limitation that they be completed in one sitting. The results exhibit an idiotic, amateurish power. However, suffering from a short attention span and a nasty case of mysterious disappearance syndrome, stutz became unreachable, missing, withdrawn.
But no more.
And new rules:
1. Live mixes only. No edits or overdubs.
2. No software instruments or effects (exception: having grown enraged at this, sttuttz now demands that he be allowed to use this. Also, a bit of compression thrown on at the end never hurt anybody's purity.)
Good luck, sTutTz.
The Front Office
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Saturday, February 6, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thanks to the incompetence of our webmaster, whom we will call "Steve", and who has now been fired, the tracks that Management intended to be freely downloadable were not made so. Steve's idiocy runs counter to the Rope and Pulley mission to freely provide revolutionary music to the people who need it most: you people. Rest assured that this error has been corrected and the past year plus of music is now available. So fuck you, Steve.