Herd Of The Ether Space In The 1990's: Excerpt Forty-Four: The Mysterious Obilazak
In 1995, C. Goff III was approached by a friend about creating a piece of music to be included on a compilation CD with pieces from several other San Francisco Bay Area recording acts. At that time, there was virtually no affordable home-recording technology for CDs, and CDs were considered the highest state-of-the-art medium on which recorded music could be released to the public. Naturally inspired, Goff went to work and mixed together elements from several improvised Herd Of The Ether Space recordings into a unique composition, which he dubbed: "Obilazak" (a Croatian word which loosely translates to English as: "trip.") Goff provided his friend with a high-quality cassette tape recording of "Obilazak" and waited.
Goff moved to Kansas in 1996, still waiting for the release of the compilation CD. In 1997, Goff discovered from his friend that the would-be producers of the CD had been imprisoned by the US Government for trafficking illegal substances. Not long after that, Goff sadly discovered that his friend had died of a terminal illness.
In 1998, Goff put together a collection of rare and unreleased Taped Rugs recordings for distribution on cassette by EE Tapes of Belgium. He found a mixdown of "Obilazak," and added it to the EE compilation of rarities (released under the name: "Remnants From Magic Carpets."). Unfortunately, however, Goff could not find the master tape from which the mix had been made, nor any notes about the source materials that went into the mix. Nor was there even any information about the name of the recording label which had planned to release the CD that "Obilazak" had been composed for originally. In a coincidence that only could happen in the Ether Space, the main lyric which is chanted throughout the song is: "What was that?"
"Obilazak" is presented here in the form that EE Tapes released it in 1998. The taped rug in the photo which accompanies this podcast was part of the cover art for "Remnants From Magic Carpets."
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