Underground Music Museum is curated by Bryan Baker of GAJOOB Magazine, Cassette Culture Shock Radio, HomemadeMusic.com, Tapegerm and more. My goal is to document, catalog and present a large library of music and related material: thousands of cassette, CDR and other albums independently made and distributed around the world by artists with often singular visions and consuming passions, along with related correspondence and other material. And an exit through the gift shop, just for fun.

Stephen George Smith – German Laughter

I had been reading a book about Germany, and their role in world war two, and, being of German heritage, I felt a lot of guilt. I recorded this piece, mixed it, and, days later, listened to it, and heard a stark, German soundscape , I thought, jeez! this is friggin’ harsh, stark, menacing! all the stereotypes I had had for all things German. I thought to myself, “Well, this came out of me, nothing to do but laugh.” and there it was, German laughter.

I used a simple “pad” distortion, with heavy pans, simple piano, and an old stratocaster, a whiff of reverb on the piano.

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