- When did Plasmabat by Hugh come out?
Plasmabat by Hugh was released in 1987, in cassette
- Why did it take you so long to release it in digital
The original album was recorded on what is now an
unusual format, Sony
F1. F1 required a VCR for storing the data. Unfortunately, I have not
been able to find a VCR that worked properly for many years, and have
assumed that my master tapes were just too far gone to be used any
more. I had pretty much given up. Just recently I came into possession
of a nice high-end Mitsubishi VCR, and it just worked. Evidently most
VCRs manufactured these days are pretty low quality.
- What does it sound like?
Well, it's all over the place. There's some prog
rock, some funky
stuff, some ambient stuff. I wanted it to be varied, thinking it would
be more entertaining that way. It's very 80s; there are even some Phil
Collins drum samples on it!
I think the sound quality is pretty good, especially considering that
it was mostly recorded on 1st generation "prosumer" 8 track equipment,
and everything was played and recorded by myself (well, almost). There
are a few digital glitches in the sound. It
might very well have been the first album mastered to digital in
- You played all the instruments?
All except the drums on "Not Afraid of the Dark"
which were played by
my friend Alan Waltz, in whose house I was living when I recorded it.
- Why did you record it by yourself?
Well, I grew up in rural Michigan, and wanted to
make rock records, and
didn't have anyone to play with. So I got used to doing it all myself.
I've certainly done a lot of recording with other people since, but
I've found there's a special sound I can achieve by myself that is
different and worthwhile. Hope you agree!