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Tales of Doom

Tales of Doom

Tales of Doom


(Geert de Wilde, February 2010) When I started IC 434 in 1994, this wasn't my first musical experience. Years before, at age 15, I amused myself combining distored recordings of my parents' 1907 piano with vocals I led through a vacuum cleaner pipe, and added some radio noise and the pumping beat of my percussion on a telephone book. I called my band HUMAN BODY and some school friends called my first song "Lambs For The Slaughter" the new "A Forest". Read more on Last.fm
(Geert de Wilde, February 2010) When I started IC 434 in 1994, this wasn't my first musical experience. Years before, at age 15, I amused myself combining distored recordings of my parents' 1907 piano with vocals I led through a vacuum cleaner pipe, and added some radio noise and the pumping beat of my percussion on a telephone book. I called my band HUMAN BODY and some school friends called my first song "Lambs For The Slaughter" the new "A Forest". Of course this wasn't exactly true but it encouraged me to go on.

When I wanted to start a classic New Wave band a few years later, I first purchased a portable keyboard, the Yamaha PSS 680. Since my friends weren't that motivated to buy their instruments, I went on experimenting on my own. I called my little project TALES OF DOOM which took off at Christmas 1990. In spite of not being more than a toy keyboard, The Yamaha PSS 680 allowed me to produce my very own sounds which I really loved.

On the other hand, the sequencer could store only 250 notes or just 5 (!) sequences + 1 (!) drum bar per song. (Never heard about Cubase or so back then.) Even quantising what I played was impossible. Nevertheless, I had a great time. I added my dry vocals, but because I was using a cheap portable mono cassette recorder, I couldn't do this in real time.

I recorded them on tape and mixed them afterwards with the music. The challenge was to match both recordings and to avoid the vocals getting out of tune. Of course EQ or effects weren't available either. In October 1991 I put my favourite songs together on the tape Laudamus.

I didn't have ambitions, I just did it for fun and only a couple of friends got a copy. The year after, I joined the local death metal band HARADWAITH, offering me a fantastic time and giving me the opportunity to get myself used to play quite complex synth arrangements live. When the band split, I was very disappointed and at the start of 1994 I decided to introduce my old TALES OF DOOM songs to a wider public while experimenting with a more industrial oriented project, called GENOCIDE. Only three TALES OF DOOM live shows took place because soon I purchased the KORG M1 that year.

IC 434 was born. A bit later IC 434 was discoverd by Dirk Ivens (The Klinik, Sonar etc.) which led to the release of three albums on DAFT/BODY RECORDS. I collaberated with Johan Van Roy on some SUICIDE COMMANDO songs in his "Stored Images" period before I started my more Goa Trance oriented side project PANGEA. Impressed by PANGEA, I joined Guy Van Mieghem to replace Gin Devo in VOMITO NEGRO in 2003.

The first decade of the 21st century I wasn't that active as in the 90's, but in 2008 the fourth IC 434 album was finally released on German INFACTED RECORDINGS. MORE INFO Find more profiles and listen to IC 434 music at http://www.myspace.com/ic434 http://www.last.fm/music/IC+434 http://www.reverbnation.com/ic434 http://www.facebook.com/ic434 Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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