This was an early Dave Jones keyer. Rich Brewster documented and built it. We referred to this as the black box keyer because it was in a black box. This keyer moved around a bit, at times it was at the center, at times it was at Ralph's studio. I first used this keyer as a student working at the ETC in the converted photo lab studio (at that point the Center was still on Court Street in Binghamton). Years later when I was working for the TV center I lobbied to install it back into the ETC studio.
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.