When working on his new album, “Rust,” Los Angeles electronic music producer Lawrence Grey tapped some unlikely materials: A used TEAC reel-to-reel recorder and old tape salvaged from an electronics repair store.
Compared with the processed nature of most such music, “tape sounds different,” said Grey, sitting amid vintage and high-tech recording gear in his storefront Koreatown studio.
A music software teacher by day, Grey, whose last name is Berkowitz, then added: “But starch and sunshine really made this happen. There’s no tape emulator that can do what the actual sun beating down on a thing can.”
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