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Jeff_Goldberg I figured I'd share a humorous anecdote regarding the cleaning up of the other files from the spreadsheet which had been missing from this tape...

Part of the cleanup process involves getting rid of "hum" which equipment can cause on a recording at certain frequencies. Usually this hum occurs at multiples of either 50 or 60 Hz (the frequency of electricity in Europe and the USA, respectively.) I was in the process of cleaning up the "Slave To The Traffic Light" track, and I could hear some band banter at the beginning, but couldn't quite make out what was being said due to a rogue hum which was occurring at exactly 117.92 Hz (a very arbitrary frequency.) Thus, I ran an algorithm to remove the offending hum.

What sort of chatter did I unveil? Ironically, it was Mike complaining to Paul about a random "low frequency feedback" which he couldn't seem to get rid of. It seems that in removing the hum, I retroactively fixed the exact issue that Mike was bitching about to Paul, in-turn making the whole recording sound significantly better. Apparently, Nectar's had noisy equipment that night! I had a good, solid laugh when I realized that the hum had been masking Mike's banter... about the hum.

Here is a link to the cleaned-up Slave with the chatter at the beginning: is a non-commercial project run by Phish fans and for Phish fans under the auspices of the all-volunteer, non-profit Mockingbird Foundation.

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