- 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 due to the age of the tapes and the condition of my VCR. 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!