Hearing The Detectives
Non-existent Records NONEXCD 1
© Philip Tagg 1999
In all but two cases, the music on this CD was recorded using only a Korg M1 synthesizer and Voyetra’s Sequencer Plus Gold software (DOS version). The two exceptions were:  Declan Dougherty, re-recorded using a Turtle Beach Pinnacle sound card (Kurzweil synthesis);  Coke Squad, some of whose sounds were re-routed via various samples found at Liverpool’s The Sound Lab (was the Liverpool Music House).
The original recordings on this CD, transferred direct from synthesizer to DAT, were made between 1989 and 1997. Most of the tunes were intended to sound like detective themes (tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22). All but three of those eleven themes (tracks 7, 16, 19) are in C minor (in addition to a couple not included on this CD), the idea being to test what (rather than key) distinguishes one detective mood from another. The different musical moods are on the CD and the type of narrative mood associated with each recording is set out in this inlay.
When it came to producing a CD for other people to hear, the idea of 74 minutes continuous detective music in C minor did not strike me, as a listener, as much fun. That's why this CD also includes music intended for a wider variety of action, adventure, mystery and thriller purposes than those primarily associated with crime detection and police stories. It’s also why more keys are used than just C minor!
If you'd like to know more about it, try reading the article I wrote in honour of Maestro Morricone's seventieth birthday in 1998. The article is called 'Tritonal crime and “music as music”'.