It spent nearly 6 months on top of the MP3.com experimental charts and sold enough to convince me there was a future for independent musicians willing to work hard.
I created this record during a one-month stint while I was unemployed. My "job" was working at my rehearsal studio in L.A.
Having broken up my band after several years of trying to write "hits", playing guitar, singing, and trying to please other people, I decided to make some music just for me, without regard for what others might think.
I can still remember working on this project and playing some rough mixes for my musician friends. I was surprised at how well-received it was, and that early feedback from people like Justina Klimkevich, John Kaizen, and my brother convinced me to finish.
You can download the whole thing, or just listen here:
The equipment I had at the time was laughably small and limited compared to what I enjoy today. The entire gear list for this recording project is as follows:
- Roland Jupiter-6 synthesizer (thanks, Chris Fudurich!)
- Casio CZ-101 synthesizer
- Akai S1000 sampler (with 8 MB of memory)
- Yamaha SPX-90 digital effects unit
- Roland GP-8 effects unit
- Tascam 488 Portastudio (8 track cassette machine)
This album was released on cassette. My brother designed an intriguing cover. And we decided to include a random selection of 3 of 24 "trading cards" as well. This was the beginning of my interest in alternative packaging for music.
After all this time, I'm thinking that I should probably do another Captain Kirk album. I'm also contemplating a book that will reproduce the trading cards.