LP 1: CAL'S RANCH LP 2A CALIBRATE 12" songsand other songs from same session LP 2B: Masters of Funk LP 3: Unreleased Classic Tone Set LP 4A: The Last Tone Set LP 4B: The Earliest Tone Set LP 5: The Alternate Cal's Ranch The Bonus SINGLE
Tone Set was an Arizona Minimal/Synth duo existing from 1981 to 1983 with members Galen Herod and Greg Horn. Their early sound was ostensibly synthetic, mixing analog synthesizer and gritty drum machines with tapes of found speech.This was the sound of their first release, a 1982 cassette called "Cal's Ranch" recorded almost completely without singing at "The Center for Advanced Studies" and released through the ZIA Records store in Tempe, AZ. In 1982, Tone Set contributed the track "Out, Out" to Placebo Record's "Amuck" compilation, which also featured the Meat Puppets (PLA-103 A&B). Also, under the guise of "Happy People", contributed the song "Happy People" to the sampler.Vocals started to become a more prominent part of their sound by the time they recorded their 1983 EP, "Calibrate". The first side featured three pop songs: "Life is Busy," "Slim," which were both were sung by Galen Herod, and "Living In Another Land," which was sung by Greg Horn. The second side of the EP came from the "Cal's Ranch" sessions. "Calibrate" was released in February 1983 as Pegna Records PEG 1.The duo also performed as "Life Is Busy", "The Art Farmers" and "The Special Eds" as outlets for their different types of songwriting styles, from ambient to New York Downtown Scene type material. The "Life is Busy" repertoire became the synthpop songs of "Tone Set".A video for "Life is Busy" was produced from found footage, just like the vocals of most of their songs (Look on YouTube). It was shown on "Videobeat" and once on MTV's "Basement Tapes," where, despite the presence of Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo) as one of the judges, didn't get enough votes for rotation. It was licensed for 6 months on Cinemax that same year. In 1983, each member began releasing solo works leaving many previously unreleased recordings behind (62 of them!) which now finally find their well deserved release on Vinyl-on-Demand. (VOD141)A must-have for serious fans and collectors of 80's minimal/synth.