Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, a freaked-out ambient tape loop remix


#1

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/12/25/mannheim-steamroller-christmas.html


#2

Lovely and all but as someone who spent a lot of time and money in my youth trying to squeeze every last bit of fidelity out of the medium, it’s painful to see tape being treated like that :wink:


#3

So… much…better.


#4

Personally, I’m listening to this:


#5

I heard the scratch and pop of old vinyl records, and yet I see no vinyl.


#6

Lovely. Thanks again.


#7

Either it’s the crinkles in the tape, or too many pickups feeling the Earth’s magnetic field.


#8

I’d never heard of Mannheim Steamroller. Are they mainly an American phenomena?


#9

Back in the 80’s and 90’s they were a unique sounding new age coffee house band and a moderately successful Christmas tradition, but since then they’ve, ah, lost steam.


#10

Ahhh that toy-robot-pencil-capstan sound! I can identify it blindfolded. It adds layers of harmonic warmth.


#11

They are still at it. I saw them at Strathmore a couple weeks ago. Bombastic but cheerful delivery of Xmas standards, all upstaged by visual and light effects.


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