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I was directing and managing a-cappella jazz vocal groups. One of the 
reasons I started looping was that I was finding it too difficult to find 
and keep singers who could both read music and sing by ear on their own 

Michael Carlson (3x09)

On Feb 4, 2014, at 10:40 PM, Ed Durbrow wrote:

> I started playing guitar in the surf era and wanted to play like my 
> heroes the Ventures. In the late sixties put the output of a small 
> Silvertone amp directly into a bigger Silvertone amp and had some nice 
> distortion, trying to emulate Jeff Beck. A friend showed me how to take 
> the guts out of a Gibson Fuzz stomp box and replace them with the guts 
> of a portable tape recorder, - again looking for that nice sustain. This 
> same friend built me a box, which I called my ‘crazy box’, which I used 
> in ‘Listen', the band I was in in England from 1970 to 1973. I took up 
> classical guitar in England which I think helped our band win the first 
> ever Melody Maker rock contest (because we gave some relief to the 
> judges' tired ears by starting with an acoustic number). I didn’t play 
> as much popular music as I would have liked for much of the 70s until my 
> senior recital where I wrote some originals for a big band with a string 
> quartet and horn section. 
> Recording-wise: Two track portables in the sixties, four track Teac in 
> the 1970s. When I got to Japan in 1981, I got an eight track Teac and an 
> old broadcast mixer, then a 16 track Ampex, then a 24 track MCI, and 32 
> channel Quad Eight board for my home studio. Sooooo glad to get rid of 
> that analog stuff and transfer everything to ADATxts and eventually to 
> computer. Suits my way of working much better. Still working on bringing 
> back some of those old tracks to life. There are a couple from the 
> eighties I recently added to my soundcloud account. (see link below)
> Ed Durbrow
> Saitama, Japan
> http://www.youtube.com/user/edurbrow?feature=watch
> https://soundcloud.com/ed-durbrow
> http://www9.plala.or.jp/edurbrow/