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Saturday, December 7, 2019

The Anti-Christ Turntable












Spindr - an Uber Garrard 301 - a new boss is in town!



From The Netherlands... I'm  I m p r e s s e d, folks...






The beginning...


... and the end... for now!











That's a no-compromise Garrard 301, indeed.


















Compliments and kudos to Mr. Huib Muilwijk Huibert


Some info from Spindr:

We, Huib Muilwijk AND Dick van Wezel, started a new company: SPINDR (pronounced as spinder)
We start with a big update of the beautiful Garrard 301. 
There are already hundreds of interesting updates available but we are convinced our model will raise the bar. Currently all parts are build, but they all need work!
So what you see is just a rough sketch from the final model.


We'll follow with utmost interest the evolution of the final Uber 301.

Bravo!!!



Art?



I really don't know if I'm infusing any "art" on these oil-on-canvas...  I sure know I'm playing with quite large canvas and oil colors and brushes while (mostly) listening to jazz... Miles, Mingus, Coltrane... and feel good!




To avoid handling turntable, arm and head shell with dirty, busy hands, I prefer "painting" (aka - playing with brushes and colors) while a reel to reel tape is spinning...

So what?

Maybe it's visual/audio... nuff said...




Friday, December 6, 2019

The Bear Tapes


Owsley Stanley was known as the foremost underground LSD chemist of the 1960s. But he was also an exacting pioneer of live concert sound, a man who helped invent both monitor systems and high-fidelity amplification. When he died in 2011 at the age of 76, Stanley left behind a breathtaking array of some 1,300 reels amassed between 1966 and 1982. Buried inside are lost concerts by legends like Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, Tim Buckley, and dozens of others, alongside the San Francisco psychedelic bands Stanley is most often associated with, such as the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.


An ongoing project (press "project" - here is the full Rolling Stone article) by the 501(c)(3) nonprofit Owsley Stanley Foundation aims to preserve the reels and release the best of what Stanley called his “sonic journals.” Available for preorder now is Dawn of the New Riders of the Purple Sage, a five-disc set capturing the Grateful Dead’s stoner-country offshoot during their formative years in 1969 and 1970. Formed as an outlet for Jerry Garcia to learn pedal-steel guitar, the New Riders would develop a life of their own as a successful proto–outlaw-country act.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Ken Ishiwata, Marantz Brand Ambassador, passed away at 72




Ishiwata-san's bright colored silk-attire - always different, perfectly co-ordinated -  and his pony-tail hairs at the several audio exhibitions around the globe during the last 20+ years were a pleasant punto fermo: like a Jedi, years passed and he was always the same.



He wasn't simply an elegant audio dandy... his curriculum is top notch... 

A nice presence.

I express my condolences to his family.

ボン航海、石渡健さん










Monday, December 2, 2019

Ballfinger reel-to-reel player




A reel-to-reel player - yes, not a recorder, just a player - for the third millennium...




Elegant.



Friday, November 29, 2019

Disc of the Month - Barre Phillips' End to End (ECM - 2018)




I recently attended to a very intimate acoustic concert of Barre Phillips, at 85 years young one of my most beloved musicians and double-bass players ever... his playing is so beautifully complex and at same time easy, straight to the soul...

The concert was a fantastic showcase, a whispered statement of class and musicianship...



Beside owning maybe 10-15 discs of the old master, I didn't resist and bought straight from him his last ECM disk, recorded in France in a nice studio near to Mr. Phillips' home in Southern France, near Toulon.




On my way back home I listened to the CD through my car audio system and it already clicked as great music... BUT... the day after, I swear, when I played through Gotorama... I listened to it three times in a row, loop-like... completely in love.

Refreshing, deep, beautiful with a seldom heard singing quality...

The playing was captured by a Neumann U47 and an AKG 414, as shown on booklet liner pixies... the Steve Lake liner notes are, as usual, an awesome compendium.

Sonically?

A masterpiece, folks...


Period.

Enjoy.




P.S. - A vinyl version is also available... and it's  g o r g e o u s!




Wednesday, November 27, 2019