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The list of songs below was discovered in Silas Marlowe’s diaries.

Silas Marlowe's Diaries

Silas Marlowe: The twig is mightier than the sword.

The diaries themselves were initially thought to have a rosetta stone type application in the solving of early Cult riddles and mysteries. However, Silas was just idly doodling over whole pages in pure gibberish -- and he eschewed modern writing implements for the tried and trusted 'twig dipped in dung and berries.'

 

Towards the back of the diaries he did keep meticulous lists of his favourite songs he heard when venturing down to illegal drinking dens in the big smoke. It was at first unclear why Silas kept notes of these songs unless it was simply for his own pleasure. But after years of analysis the Zimmermann Institute concluded that listening to them in a certain order revealed plans for a stupendously complex ritual he was developing.

 

It is understood this ritual was never fully performed live due to the nervous disposition Silas developed when listening to the music he so adored.

Some say that Silas was an early DJ, too advanced for his time. His attempts to create a human ‘beat box’ were met with derision at the time, but found recordings show him to be the earliest exponent of hip hop.

His system required two assistants to be hidden beneath the phonograph decks. When his collaborators were revealed to be wives of high council members his deejaying days were numbered.

But he knew the songs that made people move… and was determined that the people should hear them.

 

His subsequent tuba collaborations with the Tuesday Nighters were legendary. People say that on midsummer’s eve in the churchyard you can still hear that tuba honk.

Early Recordings & Baking Tapes

Alongside being a pioneering DJ we know that Silas was passionate about recording music -- developing the ExtrudoSound system for which he’s renowned. However, for live recordings in the restrictive surrounds of the Lion P.H. he was obliged to use magnetic tape.

 

Over time, magnetic recording tape becomes unplayable because the binder used to adhere the magnetic material to the backing or a chemical added to the binder becomes unstable. Tapes in this condition will leave a gooey residue on the tape transport. This residue is comprised mostly of the magnetic material, and playing a tape in this condition will destroy the recording without accurately playing the recorded audio.

 

There are many individual recipes for baking tapes. For the most part, they are all similar in their process in that the tape is dried at low heat. The use of the Orgone Accumulator in the process is unique to Silas so far as we can determine. Once a tape has been baked, it should be dubbed within 24 hours. In most cases it is possible to re-bake a tape as necessary to retrieve the audio, but this should not be a substitute for copying the material, preferably to a digital format that will preserve the audio in its highest possible quality.

 

Cult archivists have been keen to recover historic recordings and have spent considerable time and effort learning how to become tape bakers. Sit back have a listen to these salvaged gems and reflect on the pioneering genius that was Silas Marlowe.

Little BoxesUnknown Artist
00:00 / 01:55
Need Your Love So BadPostman Pete
00:00 / 03:13
Oh! DarlingPostman Pete
00:00 / 03:47
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