In a bunker deep below the surface of the earth reside
the archives of the IFC, and there, protected by
inch-thick bullet-proof glass, is the document which
Fahey fans could only previously speculate about. We
may now humbly present it to our present readers. It
was obtained in dubious circumstances from a European
contact who was less than clear about its origins.
Perhaps it was a black bag job – we don’t pretend to
know. No matter - like the discovery of the Dead Sea
Scrolls, this document produced, on its first
discovery, a wave of excitement amongst the small
cabal of enthusiasts present – at last, surely here,
and now, the mystery of VOT will be revealed. For here
is Mr John Fahey’s own handwritten Notes on VOT –
apparently a set of instructions to the recording
engineer who was to compile the master tape from
diverse sources. Eureka! Let light replace darkness! <br>
But alas, it wasn’t to be, for just like the Dead
Sea Scrolls, the Engineer’s Notes raise far more
questions than answers.
This, then, is a nine page document in JF’s own
hand. One page is on UCLA notepaper (Folklore and
Mythology Group). Slightly foxed but gc.
NOTES FOR THE ENGINEER
1 No V Make it sound better somehow! add echo?
Song of the Sligo River Ferryman
Fahey guitar, Nancy McLean flute 1' 45"
2 Double guitar Jane Chapman; Backwards veena,
forwards E modal
Jaberwock needs concluding portion. Already has
As is 7' 00" + for new ending
[note : the above paragraph is crossed out]
1. Bottleneck Blues
Filter scratch Fahey + Death
as much as possible w/out loosing too much presence 2'
Fast fade on abrupt ends if they sound good
2. Bill Cheatum
Fahey + Hubert Thomas
Fade out voices as much as possible at end
3. Pick best sounding track reverse to e.q. One
Morning in May
Fahey guitar, vocal, mouth caliope 2.25
4. Texas + Pacific Blues
kazoo Fahey, L Mayne Smith (Bnjo), Mark levine 2nd
guitar & kazoo
needs fade 1' 30"
[Note: 4 is crossed out]
3. Lewisdale Blues 2' 15"
Fahey & Nancy McLean
add a shade of echo;
Boost base if you feel necessary
Boost mid-range, cut highs to eliminate possible
hiss, add a touch of echo
5. Bean Vine Blues
Blind Joe Death vocal & guitar + Blind Thomas Curtis
vocals wi SIGHTED John Fahey
add a bit fade abrupt ending of echo on
both parts esp at spliced
6. A Raga Called Pat Part III 8' 00"
Fahey Ash Grove June 12, 66
needs noise after 30" to 2' + quiet ascending &
noises from 4' to 5' + needs fade out
1 A Raga Called Pat Part IV (formerly II) 4' 18"
June 12, 69 [deleted]
Fahey Guitar FT L Mayne Smith (Banjo), mark Levine
Gooch 2nd guitar).
Boost base a bit, add a bit of echo
3 31/2 (One Morning in May FT
4 Take This Hammer 2' 10"
Fahey vocal & guitar
6 Lonesome Valley
cut hiss w/out loosing too much presence.
Add a bit of echo, Fix volume ups & downs
1. Flute D Minor - 2 45
2. Willie Moore 6' 20"
3. Double guitar (Jane Chap) Backwards veena) )by
Forwards veena ) Western medley song fades into nice E
modal live @ Jabberwock
3. Kuolema 1.25
(flute D minor)
4. Leaving Home 3.05
open C flute
5. Flute guitar concerto - 11' 00"
Memories of Jarvenpaa
6. Long bottle neck piece Ash Grove June 12, 1966
[note: Jurgen Kleine says that this is Raga Called Pat
without sound effects]
7. Lo How a Rose guitar only
8. .House Carpenter chanel 2
[Note : all the above are crossed out except Kuolema,
Leaving Home, Lo How a Rose and House Carpenter]
8 Willie Moore 6' 20"
9. end Parts of E modal Jaberwock thing then splice
then the E modal Jane Chapman veena etc together but
needs an ending
2 1/2 I P S (B)1A Hubert Thomas & Fahey - Bill
1B Nice E Modal thing twice second time
2 Once Morning in May twice
3 Texas + Pacific Blues twice
4. Train once
Final To B5. Blind Thomas - You Gonna Miss Me
7. B T B T Blues No 1 - Fonotone 507A,
Part 2 507B
7 Wissenschattlische river blues parts 1 & 2 Fonotone
634A & B
A1 Raga called Pat Part II beginning & end
2 Parts of Texas & Pacific Blues
3 Fade abrupt
Lonesone Valley ending otherwise leave as is;
Don't worry about what sounds like foreign tones
Fahey guitar & Willis Virgil Johnson (Violin)
NOTES ON THE ENGINEER’S NOTES
Was VOT intended as a double? It seems so from this
lengthy list of selections.
“Double Guitar Jane Chapman; Backwards veena &c”
Some kind of backwards veena extravaganza was
issued on Fonotone’s “many titles unknown” album.
Whether it was this one, who knows? As for Jane
Chapman, who knows?
Texas & Pacific Blues
From same session as “John Henry Blues” and issued
by Fonotone as the other side. Revived, of course, for
“Of Rivers and Religion”. Like James Joyce, Fahey
never throws anything away.
A Raga Called Pat Pt III
Does this indicate that the guitar track is
actually a live recording from the Ash Grove, 12 June
Flute guitar concerto 11’ 00”
Well, I’d like to have heard it.
Long bottle neck piece Ash Grove &c
Indicates again that possible “Raga Called Pat” is
live. Page 4