While living upstate and working at the Experimental Television Center, I had built a personalized video system which paralleled the ETC system. Black Dog Dreams was the first work which was created exclusively with this system, and not at the ETC.
My video hardware development work for the Experimental Television Center, and for Design Lab, included a contribution in building the last generation of custom Jones analog and digital image and sound synthesizers currently installed at the Television Center. I also have constructed various audio and video synths including a unique modular Jones video synthesizer.
Lumpy Banger was recorded at the Experimental Television Center, in Owego, in a single session in June 1985. Lumpy Banger was a nickname, it had been with me for a while when I was young. I hadn’t thought about it for a long time, and though I never planned to use the name, upon finishing this piece I couldn’t resist.