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Hebden recorded Rounds over ten months in his North London flat, using a desktop computer and a home hi-fi system. With the exception of a guitar part recorded for “Slow Jam”, he composed the music exclusively from a file of samples he had assembled over several years. The album uses between 200 and 300 samples; each song is built from between 20 and 30 samples heavily processed with the software packages AudioMulch and Cool Edit Pro, in many cases beyond recognition. The nine-minute track “Unspoken” was originally based on a sample from the Tori Amos song “Winter” but was reworked when Hebden failed to get sample clearance. Hebden also used a Creative Labs microphone to record the guitar part for “Slow Jam” and some sounds from television and sequenced the results in Cakewalk Pro Audio 9.

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