Cleveland is well regarded for many interesting things, including it’s experimental music scene. Many of performers on Specimen had a known quality to them. I found the opportunity to be exactly that. An opportunity. The floppy diskette format is a lo-fidelity kind of format. It has limitations. Considerable limitations when you look at today’s technology. That created a challenge and I love challenges. Many of the performers participated in the concert series that Mike Textbeak and I created. And from that group I proceed to invite others into the mix.
I created the cover. At one point I wanted to be a scientist. While I do citizen science activities, my life didn’t go down the path of being a scientist. The idea of taking a specimen of the Cleveland music experimentalists was furthered by the idea that the sound was reduced to 8 bit on a floppy diskette. I made that the theme of the art and furthered the image by combining iPod commercials with the enthusiasm that my scientist friend, Carolyn Marks, has for both music and science – and the cover was born.
I also contributed a track under Lure of the Unknown. The longest natural time of the release.
Review by Kai Nobukoi (who performs as Toxic Chicken and Covolux)