National Laboratory

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released January 20, 2009

Distributed in Canada and the USA as a 12" vinyl + cd package by Endemik Music (Revolver/FAB).

JON HUTT - Drums, Percussion
J. LAPOINTE - Guitar, Vocals, Samples
DANIEL MACDONALD - Bass, Media

Created and assembled at The Archive, Mineville, NS, Canada, 2007-2008
Engineered by J. LaPointe
Vinyl version lacquer master by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering, Brooklyn, NY, USA

Artwork by Daniel MacDonald
Smoke photo by Emily Dempsey during the Mineville forest fire of June 2008.

Technical notes:

All analog mixes used 1/4" tape at 15ips, and IEC (CCIR) equalization with a reference fluxivity of 0VU = 320nwb/m on Quantegy 456 tape, except for National Laboratory, which was recorded at 500nwb/m, also on 456. For further technical details see the individual song pages.

The master level of this digital recording has been set to allow for the full natural dynamic range of the analog master tapes. Please adjust your playback volume control accordingly.

This sound recording copyright 2008 INSTRUMENTS (SOCAN/BMI)
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INSTRUMENTS Halifax, Nova Scotia

Minimalist sci fi nerd rock since 1993.

Membership:
J. LaPointe, Jon Hutt, Daniel MacDonald

Location: Mineville, Canada.

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North of America, The MOTES, Recyclone

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Track Name: National Laboratory
The last time we saw him here he walked up over the hill and disappeared. Lose your power. Grow old or don't. Bloody cold is the season of note.

Like a voice of impending doom, and some kind of sound from the mechanical room. A great machine, with people in between. A great machine. A great machine. There are machines, and people in between. People machines. People machines.

The last time we saw him here he walked up over the hill and disappeared.
Track Name: Eyes in Pieces
In eyes, in pieces, in your own way.
Track Name: Clock
Silent giant, creeps along the shore. When I ask him where he goes, he says, "No one knows me anymore".