If you are a fan of Echo Magic, the chances are high that you already are keen to the music of Harold Budd. You may also know his brilliant 1981 recording “The Serpent (In Quicksilver).” I have been a long time fan of this record because it is one of the select few examples (there are others) of Budd’s music that features a pedal steel.
When I found this vinyl copy a few years back, I was struck with an amazing new discovery. When I put it on, it sounded different, warmer, deeper. I realized that the record was mastered for 45 rpm, despite its 12″ size. Having played it on 33 rpm, it was transformed before my ears into a whole new sonic landscape, one I wanted to curl up inside.
I would like to extend this experience with those who haven’t heard The Serpent (In Quicksilver) this way. Even if it is your first time hearing it, you are in for something special.
I am not certain that Harold Budd meant for this phenomenon to occur, but it wouldn’t surprise me. He made two records disguised as one.
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