MMM Half Speed

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MMM Half Speed

Post by falconwhit » 05 Nov 2023 07:02

For your listening pleasure, I give you 2 hours of Metal Machine Music at half speed - the way it was meant to be heard

https://www.dropbox.com/scl/fo/9ca3b7tr ... c9e8f&dl=0

(Hope it's ok to post a link here. I assume no copyright holder will be adversely affected)

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Re: MMM Half Speed

Post by DavidH » 05 Nov 2023 09:46

Is this recorded at half speed from a vinyl copy, or a slowed down cassette? Or is it digitally slowed?

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Re: MMM Half Speed

Post by falconwhit » 05 Nov 2023 16:56

digitally

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Re: MMM Half Speed

Post by iaredatsun » 07 Nov 2023 23:07

Thanks.

The only thing I’ve ever wanted to do with MMM was to join the four tracks into one, which I wish Lou Reed had done at the time he re-released it on CD. Anyway it’s not too hard using a crossfade for the joins.
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Re: MMM Half Speed

Post by threechordwonder » 08 Nov 2023 17:57

Thanks, it's certainly different.

Years ago though I played one side of the vinyl at 45rpm and didn't notice.

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Re: MMM Half Speed

Post by falconwhit » 08 Nov 2023 18:13

The reason I did this is because I believe Lou sped up his tapes to mix MMM and I think the half speed version I posted sounds like what he actually recorded, or close enough - i.e. guitars sound like guitars. The result is more organic, more "real".
Playing MMM at 45 would make if even more removed from what it was originally.

I remember making a tape copy of it in the early 80s and playing it at different speeds and backwards and heard at least one symphonic snippet (I think Beethoven)

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Re: MMM Half Speed

Post by threechordwonder » 08 Nov 2023 20:33

falconwhit wrote:
08 Nov 2023 18:13
Playing MMM at 45 would make if even more removed from what it was originally.
It was an accident, I played a single before and forgot to change the speed.

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Re: MMM Half Speed

Post by falconwhit » 08 Nov 2023 23:41

MMM on helium - the Chipmunks version

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Re: MMM Half Speed

Post by Elvis Plebsley » 16 Nov 2023 00:41

I've only listened to part 1 so far, but I found it quite compelling. At half speed, you can hear more of what Lou is up to and it's not just leaning aguitar on an amp.

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