Ostrich McGuire

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about

Ostrich McGuire is pre-Aux.78. I guess I just called myself Nicholas Matta on the xeroxed tape cover. I assume I made 50 tapes and gave out most of the them for free. I might have made more but that is all hazy. I was deep down and dirty with Box Of Bugs creating music but somehow I managed to record some 4 track stuff on my own. Upon re-listen I do hear some contribution from a few of those Bugs. I guess this is a solo album for me but not my first. I did not remaster, remix, or restore these recordings made on a tape four track. This is how I mixed them. Listen to the tape hiss in all its glory. There are a few songs and tid-bits of them that I used in later recordings including 'River And Range' and 'The Trees Don't Know (what to think of it)' I recorded this when I was 16 or 17 years old. Recorded in my room at my parents' house, most likely stoned (sorry mom). I used every instrument at my disposal including some casio keyboards and junk ass guitars. Most of this stuff is pretty fun upon re-listen almost 20 years later. You can tell I dug Syd Barrett, Beastie Boys, Beck, Jazz, and Ween to name a few that come out shining in this music. Most things are in tune which is surprising.

It is the first album with the indication that I was using AppleLeg Music as a label of sorts.

I drew the cover as some art project in middle school or highschool.

Ostrich McGuire was named after an ostrich in a dream that sat on me in a wheat field.

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released January 1, 1996

N. Matta : guitars, drums, keyboards, vocals, bass, harmonica, brass, percussion, tape effects, sampling, and general sounds of stuff.

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Aux 78 Portland, Oregon

Aux.78 (nicholas matta) is a solo recording artist, musician, sound designer and live performer based in Portland, Oregon. Aux.78's music is diverse and eclectic. Whether setting the scene with vocal works or electronic wizardry, Matta is a master of emotion and tone painting. Aux.78 is not set to genre and takes pleasure in blurring those lines. ... more

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