“Premonition” (1989) is a dance pop song, incorporating aspects of hip hop and jazz funk. It was recorded late at night in demo fashion, and included on my DIY album Nerve. The lyrics consist mostly of cliched phrases, satirizing the end-times though giving way to an urgent chorus. The instrumental track was created entirely on a keyboard sampler, played live to tape without programming. The beat includes samples by Soul II Soul and James Brown (drummer Clyde Stubblefield). To these I added the sampler’s drum sounds in real time and as well as playing a sampled beat from another song of mine. The beat samples were low resolution 8-bit, sampled from cassette recordings.
Composed and recorded October 1989
Roland S-50 sampler, half-inch 8-track tape
Photo: Jason Schwartz, March 1990 (Excalibur newspaper, York University)
Music and composer’s notes copyright Bruce A. Russell 2022