How Stuff Dates

I kind of love this track. But it sort of doesn’t seem to make sense any more. And the video has aged really really badly too.

The original (E2:E4 by Manuel Gottsching) has aged much better in my humble opinion. It might be the cheesy breathy spoken vocals, or the use of that late 80s electronic bird like sound that make this sound so ‘of its time’.

Anyone know what that funny bird sound is? What machine does it come out of? Or is it a sample?Where it originated? When it was first used?. Pacific State by 808 State feels like the track that owns it to me. But both Seuno Latino and Pacific came out in 89…? Any music geeks got any ideas? I might make it my mission to make a documentary about that funny noise ;-)

I’ve got my hopes up that Ged will know.

8 thoughts on “How Stuff Dates”

  1. Cool.

    ‘They do make unique calls. Their sound is also featured in “The Helicopter Tune”‘

    How did I miss that?!

  2. Those are both huge classics for me, funny I was just watching that video a couple of days ago.

    I’m pretty sure that loon sound was first used on Sueno Latino.
    From what I rememember, the sound is a pre-set on the M1 keyboard (Korg), but I’m not 100% on that.

    There were a lot of breathy vocal, underground house tracks from that time, many with Spanish vocals for some reason.

    Ti Quiero!

  3. It used to appear on some Akai and Alesis sampler library disks (but this may have been sampled from another keyboard or an original source like the BBC sound effects library)

  4. Awesome – see how good the internet is! Thanks guys, I’m sure it’ll crop up in Trivial Pursuits Raver Edition some time in the future ;-)

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