Beginning life in Cambridge, U.K. 2015 Broken Machine was finally completed in Canterbury during 2017. All of the original sketches from its ovulation and conception disappeared beneath an opaque layer of foliage leaving only spectral traces amongst plaster and brick.
Machines used throughout included a Marantz CP-430, Superscope C-205, Formanta Polivox, MFOS mini-synth and Sequencer10, Moog Prodigy, Hsinghai Upright piano, Roland TR-66 Rhythm Arranger, Roland CR-5000 CompuRythm, Boss Dr Rhythm, WEM Copicat, Ibanez Echo Shifter, Sure SM58 and SM57's and a smattering of radio.
Regards the above, respectful nods to the rare engineers who've sustained the dinosaurs so reliably, not withstanding one old drum machine that has consistently struggled against re-animation like a palliative care patient seeking the rewards of an assisted suicide.
Field recordings were made in and around Canterbury, Cambridge, New York and London on two old cassette recorders, one in a state of half death that squealed idiosyncratically as it's aged belts and levers struggled with the mechanical effort required of their industry and the other, an old warhorse designed for the task at hand, whirred away without complaint but for a Sony ECM-99, whilst brilliant in a static position, would transmit any movement of its cabling like a tin can telephone.
Various people who deserve a mention are as follows: Paula McCallan-Moore for unwavering support, the late Susie Hart, Virginia Pitts who has kept me away from the flames, Alex Dougherty for being a good mate, Mark Offord for being another good mate, Victoria Grant for still being there, Kevin Petillo whose drums might someday make it into the groove, Ella Morgan who deserves a mention 'cos she's carving her way commendably, my brother T for his forthright honesty, Kosie Turner for being a rock, Yves Roussel,
Marién Garcia, Jesus Agnew, Sabine Steldinger and the independent record shops in Canterbury and Cambridge who give time to my banter, especially Jim at Canterbury Rock, Nick at Vinylstore Jr, Black Barn Records and Relevant Records Cambridge. And finally you, whoever you are, for reading this.
Mastered by Yves Roussel.
Lacquer disk mastering by J. I. Agnew at Magnetic fidelity.
Pressed at Pallas-Group.