After I’d finished Practically Sentient I bought ten CD jewel cases. My plan was to burn the album onto ten CD-R’s and mail them to various on-line review sites that review demo material. I noticed, too late, that the jewel cases I had bought were 2-CD flip-cases, meant for holding two discs.
So I rummaged through my old CD collection, got out the 10 least scratched jewel cases, and replaced them with my new 2-CD cases. So I could mail out the album to the review sites in a mildly professional form.
But then I got to thinking, what if I did a bonus disc for Practically Sentient, like you get with “special editions” of albums from artists on record labels? The more I thought about it, the more fun it sounded. Also, I had the multitracks lying around, and knowing how careful I usually am with files and whatnot, I thought I’d better screw around with them now before I lose them forever.
By a serendipitous coincidence, at the same time I managed to salvage the multitracks from my two previous albums, Complacency and Murder Mystery, off the broken laptop on which they were originally created. So now I had multitracks for my three last albums, ready and hopping for some remixing.
I also had a couple of tracks lying around from the Practically Sentient drum sessions that were only half done; one of them was “Changing of the Guard” which had a piano riff I really liked. Originally it had programmed drums, and one night in the “studio” (university rehearsal space) I drunkenly tried to play drums along with it with the mic’s on. That’s the version you hear here.
And then there’s the Gary Numan cover which I guess is prerequisite for any industrial act. It kind of meanders a bit but it’s one of my favorite, semi-obscure Numan songs. In fact, I’ve got an album’s worth of Numan covers lying around in MIDI-form, waiting to be recorded properly, but that’s another story.
And then there’s the video game covers that bookend the disc. Had tons of fun with those.
Vocals on track #3 by Fuad Von Loop
Vocals on tracks #2 #7 #8 #10 by David Warmind
Add. guitar on track #10 by Dion Førslev Pedersen