Monday, December 21, 2009

Perimeter Records - Christmas '90 Compilation

Here is the download: Perimeter Records 1990 Christmas Compilation

Here is the track listing:
1. Scuzza Claus by St. Nick's Evil Moronic Twin
2. Ice Crystal Reflections by Doug Hughes
3. X-Mas Part 6.4 by King Kill 33
4. Christmas Without Presence by Gene Thompson and Doug Hughes
5. The Moods of Christmas by King Kill 33
6. March of the Elves by Chris Swartz
7. I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas (90's Remix) by Todd Ploharski
8. Stranded on Drifting Ice by Doug Hughes
9. Santa Is Satan by Mitch Foy
10. Circle of Monkeys by I See The Moon
11. Northern Lights (On The Blink) by Gene Thompson
12. Keep Saying You Love Me by Mitch Foy
13. Alone On The Holidays by Gene Thompson
14. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by Sequence 3

This is the 1990 edition of the Perimeter Records Christmas Tapes. Thanks again Doug Hughes for sending me everything related to these compilations, including the history of the series. This time we have some nice ambient electronic contributions by Doug Hughes, Chris Swartz, Todd Ploharski, Mitch Foy and Gene Thompson, but also some songs from the legendary King Kill 33, and the classic Scuzza Claus by St. Nick's Evil Moronic Twin, which will get stuck in your head for quite some time if you are not careful.

Ben Davis told me yesterday about some of the methods used to create some of these songs like I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas (90's Remix) by Todd Ploharski from this compilation, which involved skipping CDs in old CD players to make loops that can be layered into sound collages. At least I believe that was how this song was composed. I love hearing anecdotes about the inventive ways experimental electronic music was made before laptops turned everything into keystrokes. I guess you could make the case of the whole circuit bending culture as the descendant of this, but I don't want to step on any toes here.

Here is the complete artwork:


  1. For very short while, people were cultivatating bacteria on CDs in order to cause microscopic skips: a biological remix if you will.