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Everything and Nothing / Re: ....genre of music - what's it about??
« on: July 16, 2021, 12:02:33 PM »
Saw a couple of youtube clips of Joe Morello drumming with Dave Brubeck


as a drummer I found them both interesting and exciting - I think I've found the way in I was looking for

Everything and Nothing / Re: ....genre of music - what's it about??
« on: July 12, 2021, 12:49:58 PM »
I get that - one of the best gigs I saw was at Glastonbury - in a small tent, 3 guys playing jazz and stoned as hell. The energy of their interaction was infectious.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: what are you listening on?
« on: July 12, 2021, 12:46:56 PM »
Oh my. That looks beautiful.
Thanks, I'm very pleased with it, feels a real achievement as I've not attempted joinery since school....

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: what are you listening on?
« on: July 11, 2021, 01:17:18 PM »
After selling some things including a drum and my old CD player + amplifier, I bought the amplifier to go with the new CD player. I built a rack out of Oak bannister staves [B+Q] and bamboo chopping boards [The Range] - with some 'audio quality' absorbothane pads [Elusive Audio] for the bamboo shelves to sit on. The circular 'buttons' are made from a Beech wood rolling pin.
   Although I'm happy to do DIY, I've not done actual joinery since I left school so very pleased with it.

Initially I had thought I might build the rack out of pine used for kitchen counters after I picked up some beautiful looking offcuts - but it did not like being cut and glued / screwed, so I made a stand for CD cases to sit in while the CD is playing.

I set up a red bike torch for night time / dark listening and the visuals when playing Ligeti's Requiem was very reminiscent of the Monolith from 2001...the camera picked up more light than I could actually see - so it was more like the film - seeing the monolith appear in space around Jupiter.

Everything and Nothing / ....genre of music - what's it about??
« on: July 11, 2021, 09:34:43 AM »
   I remember as youngster I'd listen to a wide range of music, I might not enjoy it all in the same way, but I'd give it a go.
   Recently I have been enjoying listening to music so much I have even bought CDs from genre's I normally avoid and thought I'd start a thread where I / we can ask 'what's it all about?'
   I'm hoping we can share our understandings and pleasures and learn from each other - I'm not looking for simple I like / I don't like type interactions. I'd really like to get to understand genre's I struggle with - clearly many people enjoy listening to them.

So as a start:
   Jazz - what's it all about?

   I have been listening to 'Charles Mingus at Carnegie Hall' (recorded 1972). The musicians are extremely talented and know what they are doing. They can take a song they know well, improvise around it together for a long time - starting, stopping, changing key and musical direction etc at what seems the drop of a hat - no one having to catch up or get back in the groove.
   There is what sounds like a great drum solo at one point which as a drummer I can hear the skill involved.
   But I don't get it...despite my enjoyment of discordant electronic music and strange rhythms I don't really know what I'm supposed to be enjoying - where do I hang my hat? How do I get the groove??
   The discordant harmonies are consistent enough to show they are deliberately chosen and explored - and different musicians use them at the same time so they 'disharmonise' together.
I know Jazz evolved out of other music (as do they all) so is there any history I need to check, to understand how the linked forms evolved and what they were trying to achieve or explore as they responded to what went before?

Your knowledge and experience very welcome

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: what are you listening on?
« on: July 11, 2021, 09:30:37 AM »
how do I add pictures from my computer - seems i can link to web, but not direct from here??

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: what are you listening on?
« on: June 09, 2021, 12:05:09 PM »
Just sold my technics CD player and amp - been saving and selling things so hoping to get amp matching my CD player (ex-demo again) on order tomorrow... 8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 30, 2021, 03:09:44 PM »
Sustaining Cylinders is underrated IMO. It might be the best of his pre-Planetary Unfolding stuff.

I really enjoyed listening to the album, especially the subtle manipulations of the ocean sounds.

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 27, 2021, 10:57:57 AM »
Currently saving up for a new amp so not buying much new music.
   So exploring my collection in a different way - listening to different artists music in release order.
Currently working through Micheal Stearns - Sustaining Cylinders, Baraka, Planetary Unfolding and Sacred Site...
Also Light in the Trees - from the Amplexus 3"CD releases

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 27, 2021, 10:53:31 AM »

Not heard this for years - CD was on ebay for 3.04.
   Sounds great on new hifi - textures sound amazing.
Recorded in 1971....

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: May 07, 2021, 11:39:04 AM »
Good to see that this forum is still alive. It's been too long since I've visited

Popol Vuh - Nosferatu OST

An old classic. Love Popol Vuh.

welcome back

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 21, 2021, 07:29:22 AM »
Vir Unis - Pulse and atmo   8)

Now Playing / Re: Currently listening, part 1
« on: April 07, 2021, 07:02:40 AM »
Songs and Poems for Solo Cello - Phillip Glass and Wendy Sutter.
Superb playing by Ms Sutter on a 400 year old cello. Arrived today and I sat transfixed through it all.

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / Re: what are you listening on?
« on: April 07, 2021, 06:56:00 AM »
Thanks, Jaja.
I am definitely having fun - and 'shock'  :o culling my CD collection. I have many I don't play so have been sifting through them - seeing how they sound and deciding whether or not to keep them....

Music Gearheads Tech Talk / what are you listening on?
« on: March 31, 2021, 12:59:57 PM »
We had planned a trip abroad for my 60th this year, but I'm not getting on a plane at present...
   I've had my hi-fi for many years - CD and amp for 22 years, speakers for 17 and a DAC for about 5.
   So after some discussion we agreed I could upgrade my hi-fi...and spend an amount that I may not get the chance to do again
Pics are:

Technics SL-PS 770D CD player

Technics Su-A900mk2 amp

Beresford Bushmaster Dac

JMLab Cobalt 816

So after umming and ahhing and not being able to go into a shop to audition I decided to upgrade the CD player to a Naim CD5si

which has 28 less buttons on it.....
   also very minimal on features - only analogue audio out and no digital in. Not even a cd drawer mechanism, you lay it on, put on a magnetic puck and push the drawer closed. Almost the sense of laying a needle to a record....
   I also had to get new interconnects to go with it - Chord company Clearway.

The nice man in the hi-fi shop did me a deal on an ex demo model that has hardly been played due to lockdown and he had some speaker cable off cuts that were exactly the length I needed so he terminated them and only charged me for the termination  - so I got 120 worth of cables thrown in for free that direct from the manufacturer or amazon would have been about 220....

I picked it all up up last Friday, had it all set up in about 30 mins and spent a number of hours listening. I had thought my amp might not be able to cope, but it is doing a stirling job so far. the sound is so improved / different that after a few hours my brain was running out of my ears. Hearing things never heard before or hearing things i had heard but much more clearly (not always for the best - including my own music).
   Definitely a time of being halfway through one track and trying hard not to immediately put on another when I think 'my god, what will that sound like'.
   So I may be spending more time listening to music in the near future than making it...

...I'm always interested in what people listen on and in lockdown I can't get anyone round and say OH MY GOD LISTEN TO sharing my excitement here....


2 new tracks, VI and VII added to the project

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Now Reading, pt 2
« on: January 06, 2021, 03:34:50 PM »
Currently reading a large hardback version of Lord of the Rings - a friend was getting rid of it.
   very long time since I read it and i forgot about all the singing.....

Have joined a book club;
First read was Shuggie Bain - a beautifully written but brutal description of a young boys experience of living with his mother's addiction to alcohol...
   it is evocative and you can almost smell the alcohol, vomit and decrepit accommodation as well as feel the despair, fear, suicide attempts and constantly dashed hopes.
   It is like watching a car crash as it happens, horrible, but impossible to turn your eyes away from.
   There is no 'positive' sides to the tale - I think that is to be found in his life after the events of the book.
   It was so well written it made me consider, for the first time, asking my mother why she tried to kill herself when I was younger - something that has never occurred to me to do before.
   not that I will do that, no need to - but that was how powerfully the book was written....

not sure I'm selling's a book to endure rather than enjoy and wonder how people manage to survive.

Art and Literature, Movies and TV / Re: Blade Runner Sequel
« on: January 06, 2021, 03:11:53 PM »
I have got both films in 4K and have to say I think they are both stunning and beautiful and will be rewatched many times.

Thank you for the response Julio, I too know the spaces where the only sound is of the wind rustling in grass or a hawk flying through the trees.
   Where if a fly lands on a piece of paper I wonder if it is an evolutionary event - what the fly makes of an 'alien' substance?

I am looking forward to exploring sounds through this project - trying not to have too many ideas before I start a new piece.

I have bad headphones and it sounds great on those.

 8) and  :o

I can never recommend getting good headphones enough - the 'Cans....whats on your head?' topic has been running a number of years.

I'm still using my grado's and have a bushmaster DAC / headphone amp in my hi-fi now.

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