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The Elizabeth Bishop l.p. (recordings from Sep 2007 – May 2008)

My first real album. I don't consider the first album to be real. Well, I do, but this is the first one I'm not embarrassed by. At least not mostly.

Also, by accident or not, it was because of this album I have stuck with the thirteen track rule. I had done thirteen tracks on the first album and composed both fist and quebecois the same evening. I was going to release them as part of the first album, then noticed how much better they are than anything on that album. I also realized that thirteen is my magical number and to always end albums after coming up with thirteen compositions.

The title is an homage to the great poet Elizabeth Bishop, and also to the great early 90s indie rock band Unrest, who released a record called The Isobel Bishop EP. After reading Elizabeth Bishop in a lit crit class (the only thing I didn't hate that class) I thought that one day I'd release an album called The Elizabeth Bishop LP. Mainly because I kept calling her Isobel Bishop in class. I didn't realize that would happen so soon.


The Elizabeth Bishop L.P.
back cover

rooms (3:21)
quebecois (4:51)
fist (4:45)
blanks (4:16) 
fragged II (2:15)
ode II (5:20)
change (2:41)
hero II (3:13) [explicit]
drums (1:26) [explicit]
shadows II (3:04)
pastora (3:25)
cell (5:16)
rooms II (13:06)
total: 56:50


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Released: May 31st, 2008
catalogue number: OSC002RCB002LP56:50
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rooms — contains samples of "Airport Unicom Broadcast" and "Distant Traffic 2," both downloaded from usenet

quebecois — contains a sample of "2004old-m" by Ben Owen and the entirety of The Edge 102's "I Am Not Canadian" advert stolen from YouTube. Any whispering you hear is all in your head.

fist — contains samples of "2004rest" by Ben Owen, "From the doorway of an abandoned house" by Ryan Philippi, "Spanish Funeral" by Simon James and "desde la ventana" by Alejo Duque + Federico Lopez.

blanks — contains a sample of "A Roadside Shepherd Tends To His Flock" by Ryan Philippi. (All percussion stuff was recorded live by Ratan X).

fragged — contains samples of Casey Kasem introducing the song and Orson Welles taking a champaign break.

change — contains samples of Crowd Dispersing" and "Female beggar in stairway drones" downloaded from usenet.

hero II — "House Rattling In The Wind, Ballarat CA" by John Tenny, "Tornado Warning" and "Stop Beating Women!" both by by Thomas Ashcraft. Also contains snippets of the Buddy Rich tapes.

ode II — contains samples of "Arlebosc Storm" by Jean Francois Cavro and "Helicopters over anti-war protest" by Aaron Ximm.

pastora — contains samples of "Airport Departures Traffic Outside" by Riccardo Coen and "Menina Pastora Louca", stolen from YouTube.

drums — contains a sample of "electronic scarecrow" by Lasse-Marc Riek and outtakes of Barry White cutting a promo.

shadows II — contains samples of "rain, thunder, bark" by Joao Ricardo and "Vancouver Island passenger train" by Kristen Roos

cell — contains samples of "Street Lamp Buzz" and "Female Street Preacher Through Megaphone" both downloaded from usenet. Also contains a manipulated section from "Elvis 1974 stage banter."

rooms II — contains samples of "Taxi Dispatch," "Computer Room Ambience" downloaded from usenet, and cortes ferry announcement by Kristen Roos


The Elizabeth Bishop LP dynamic range stats

 DR		Peak		RMS		Filename

 DR11		-5.33 dB 	-18.30 dB 	rooms.wav 
 DR12		over		-13.27 dB 	quebecois.wav
 DR12		-3.43 dB 	-16.67 dB 	fist.wav 
 DR9		over		-10.35 dB 	blanks.wav
 DR11		-1.21 dB 	-14.12 dB 	fragged2.wav
 DR12		-1.12 dB 	-15.59 dB 	ode2.wav
 DR8		over		-9.68 dB 	change.wav
 DR11		-3.12 dB 	-15.51 dB 	hero2.wav
 DR7		over		-7.36 dB 	drums.wav
 DR11		over		-12.58 dB 	shadows2.wav
 DR9		over		-11.35 dB 	pastora.wav
 DR10		over		-12.00 dB 	cell.wav 
 DR11		-6.21 dB 	-18.39 dB 	rooms2.wav

 Number of files:	13
 Official DR value:	DR10



Legal crap

We are releasing these recordings under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. You're free to post these files on P2P, usenet, your homepage, etc. All that I ask is that you credit me  (with the name Rural Citizens Band), and leave the ID3 tags as is. Please do not change them in any way, as this is a major way I credit myself for the work.

Also, if you use these songs for animations, or whatever, please email me, I'd love to see your work! Feel free to send any other comments, suggestions, etc!


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