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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Achref Chargui Trio - Tajaliyat

Great contaminations... fresh music... 

... and great cover art.

Best vinyl shops in Europe

Cool disc-boutiques list...

Cool indeed...

Here is a list of records shop in Moscow... spasiba to my pal Serge Schmidlin for the link.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence OST reissued

On Milan Records.

Bowie and Sakamoto... also containing David Sylvian sung Forbidden Colors.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Caterpillar Horn

Someone at Caterpillar is a visionary horn lover;-)))... only explanation why such a beast machine used to work-out tarmac and the like sports this handsome, Nautilus-like horn...

Honky tonkin' CAT's horn...

Monday, October 10, 2016

Vinyl boom?

Some may never play the records they buy, someone says, but own them as showpieces and statements of their musical taste. 

Many see this as a shallow way of accessing music, making vinyl little more than a passing phase, a personal statement more than an appreciated musical artefact (the Telegraph decried that “Half the people buying vinyl don’t actually bother listening to it”). 

But Mr Fukuyama is more optimistic: “The act of collecting physical objects appeals to enthusiasts in any era. As new vinyl users enter the market in these new ways, a group of these users will eventually convert to loyal customers of the format and will listen to the vinyl,” he said. 

Read full review here...

BTW: worth saying many, myself included, never stopped buying vinyl discs... in my case, proudly so since December 1970.

... and, I definitely listen to all the discs I purchase;-)

1:1 isolation transformer and filter for Garrardzilla

I've been an advocate of speed controlled stability for my Garradzilla only using massive platter, but must say, to my surprise, this humble box made by my pal Francesco further improves sound... placebo or real improvement, dunno...

Sure, detailing improved... maybe less motor (micro) vibes due to cleaner 220V?

Mysterious, doubtful uncertainties... yet, the good results are undoubtful, indeed..

Enough for me;-)

The Clamp

1330 grams bronze clamp, hommage to Ken Shindo

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Mondrian Garradzilla

High definition vinyl?


Imagine a vinyl record that has 30% more capacity, 30% greater volume, and double the audio fidelity of a typical LP sold today.

The technical specifications for High Definition Vinyl, or ‘HD Vinyl,’ have now been detailed in a European patent filing exclusively shared with Digital Music News on Tuesday.  This is a concept that could potentially be on the market within three years, according to details shared by Rebeat Digital, the company that filed the patent.

Rebeat, based in Tulln, Austria, submitted the EU-wide patent with Joanneum Research, with plans to quickly secure additional patent protections in the United States and worldwide.  The patent filing was viewed by Digital Music News in a private session, and we were not allowed to keep a copy of the filing.
Hopefully, more, MUCH more, soon...

Brooklyn's Daptone Studio - where analog is still alive and kicking!

"The sessions' analog tapes are edited by cutting them with a razor blade and spliced."

... this simple statement makes my heart beating faster;-)

Read the story here... not the only studio doing it the old way... yet, chapeau!

Thanking Steve Guttenberg.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Roscoe Mitchell & Michele Rabbia live in Padua, October 6th, 2016

What a concert, pals... what a concert!

One of my heroes, a founding member of AACM and Art Ensemble of Chicago with its infinite declinations...  Roscoe Mitchell, now 76, is an elegant, intense, soft-spoken gentleman whose playing and creativity seems endless.

The stage improviser and companion of Mr. Mitchell was Michele Rabbia, a percussionist and sparingly used live electronics musician whose skill, inventivity and sensitivity while interacting with saxello, soprano and alto saxes truly impressed me...

A deep, strong impression, an experience both aural and visual... while Mitchell was blowing his soul out of his instruments, Michele was dancing around his drums and cymbals and assorted percussions...

A showcase of human relationships - i.e among musicians and audience and venue.

I loved this concert as I loved taking some extempore pixies with my mobile.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Nagra IV-S four-tracks head mod!

Due to my recent 4-tracks tapes fever/syndrome and the little, humble Tandberg 3500 on duty of the bulk of pre-recorded tapes in my hands and coming, I was thinking and pondering and... well: my old, trusty, beloved Nagra IV-S and QGB will soon have fitted a 4-tracks head.

My karma asks for that;-))) and my tech-head extraordinaire will flawlessly made it!

Chad Kassem did it!

You want it, you've got it!

Acoustic Sounds is bringing first 12 titles analog tape copies priced at $450 each...

Ready your ears for something special! From Acoustic Sounds, Inc., the world leader in audiophile music sales, comes the highest quality analog reel-to-reel tape album reissues — Analogue Productions Ultra Tape! Twelve masterpiece titles are featured in this new reissue series, each a 15 ips, ¼-inch analog tape copy sourced from a copy of the original analog master tape. Transferred real-time, using an ATR-modified Ampex Tape Machine with flux magnetic heads. Each copy is housed in a custom slipcase cover.

The first two titles —  Janis Ian's Breaking Silence and Ben Webster's Gentle Ben — are slated to be released before 2016 ends. Analogue Productions is the vinyl, SACD and now audio tape reissue label owned by Acoustic Sounds. 

The remaining titles include: Rickie Lee Jones' It's like This / Hugh Masakela's Hope / Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances (the famous Turnabout recording) / Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Scheherazade (RCA Living Stereo) / Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Pines of Rome and Fountains of Rome (RCA Living Stereo) / Leopold Stokowski's Rhapsodies (RCA Living Stereo) / René Leibowitz and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra The Power of The Orchestra (RCA Living Stereo) / Fritz Reiner and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Lieutenant Kije and Stravinksy's Song of the Nightingale (RCA Living Stereo) / Abel /Steinberg - Beethoven Violin Sonata (Wilson Audio) / and  Lowell Graham's Winds of War & Peace (Wilson Audio).

Each reissue copy is priced at $450. The entire series is available by subscription and subscribers will pay for 11 titles and receive the 12th one free!

Acoustic Sounds has enlisted Gus Skinas, of the Super Audio Center in Boulder, Colorado, to handle the tape transfers, which are made using the Ampex Tape Machines in the control room at Blue Heaven Studios, here in Salina.

For more than a year, at every trade show and on more and more phone calls and emails, our customers  have hammered away with the same request: “When are you going to start selling tape?!”

You spoke, we listened. We know tape's advantages: greater dynamic range, especially at frequency extremes; minimal signal processing; and unsurpassed richness and realism — it's the closest to hearing the master tape. You're going to be blown away when you experience playback of our Ultra Tape reissues from Analogue Productions! Order your subscription today!

I can only but swear it will be an HUGE success... I'd only wish prices for ALL the analog tapes' makers would be tamed to USD 200-250... this alone would spread this marvellous media a lot, making it almost pop;-), while still making a good deal, business-wise...

More Tapes Nuggets!

Sealed Crosby & Nash... 19 cm/s!

... and always on Memory Row, this great, seminal fave of mine...

Yeah! Once you taste'em, you're hooked!