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Monday, July 24, 2017

Gentle Giant





... I know: you'll call me an old, nostalgic fart...


This said, I kindly ask to both my age and younger music lovers and audiophiles to have a (re-) listen to Gentle Giant's albums.


The Prog albums between 1969 and 1974 were the azimuth of rock music... to my ears, sure considering the best examples and issues, the above is still valid and actual today.


Some records aged beautifully, others not so much...


Genesis' Foxtrot, King Crimson's 1st, In the wake of Poseidon, Lizard, Island and The Larks Tongue in Aspic and Gentle Giant's 1st, Acquiring the Taste, Three Friends, Octopus, Glass House and Free Hand are the true winners.








... other superb discs exist, of course, yet I'm just after highlightening Gentle Giant's masterpieces, someway overlooked and shadowed by Gabriel's and Fripp's group(s).
















 I listened in the last few days to the above mentioned Gentle Giant's disc, plus Interview and The Power and the Glory and... the hate also best Prog gets from music lovers is so sad!










Schulman and Minnears' bros' music sounds so refreshing and fresh, I dare saying brand-new, to my ears.








The group musical skills are HUGE and the music is hinting to the great English heritage: folk, ancient, renaissance and baroque suggestions are all here... plus jazz and rock, acoustic and electric, vocals blends a' la Beach Boys or Beatles or Steeleye Span or groovy, tight instrumentals... I so much enjoyed this special listening sessions...






Like when I have my week long or more Miles' listenings, it seems only getting the load of a musician on a daily, heavy diet you fully understand and appreciate it.


Everything considered, I suggest you to dig on this group production: my most beloved GG's disc is Three Friends, then 1st and Free Hand.


Music is truly majestic and sound is to die for... you'll be surprised and pleased!

... and I'll be happy.




Saturday, July 22, 2017

DST



That's the way, folks...


... new 30 microns 7N ultra-pure copper wire triangle-shaped coils... and look at the clean diamond mount!

WOW!



The freshly restored and rebuilt Lumiere DST # 157... also the air-gap between magnet was wrong - i.e. far too wide, resulting in an extremely low output... being now corrected, the sensitivity is 0,2 mV/2 ohms, as it should be... 


... and as it was: coils were sadly awful as was the bent, uneven cantilever and diamond... a bad sampler, indeed.

Now, the Lumiere DST # 157 is ready to sing, again.

Shiny, unique, to be enjoyed by its owner.

Thanking Leonid for his skill and dedication.






Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My next Garrardzilla's feet




... by Nasotec... 


Ordered HERE a three combo yesterday.






... in red, of course.





Temporarily out-of-stock, now... scheduled to be available again after Aug. 11th, 2017.










Monday, July 17, 2017

Gems...




... got this morning three Discogs' gems...



Alex North's OST, limited-edition 45 rpm... killer orchestra sound recorded at Abbey Road Studios! 


... maybe THE best Hungaroton's ever! 


Superb, seldom heard music, engineered by J.F. Pontefract.


Do you a favour: go and browse for the above discs... you won't regret!





Audio Consulting's Serge Schmidlin strikes again!




Yes, folks!

Serge did it, again... I admit the seed of curiosity was already there, but last time I met Serge and I delivered him a pristine Technics RS 1500 US open reel tape recorder, he simply shined when he read on user manual it was OK to be used with 24V PSU!

Some months passed and...



Now Serge is ready to deliver his own open reel battery fed stage to the world!

WOW!

Stay tuned.



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Music as a gift...




During my recent Japanese trip on last May, I had with me something...

Well knowing the polite habit - a pleasure for the donor, as well - of bringing a small present for the japanese host, I had in my bag some italian operas DVDs recorded/filmed at La Scala theatre in Milan, the italian temple of music and a Kingston 128GB USB key.




Adapting the present to the host and moment (some minutes were necessary to download the music...), I spread and shared the above from Sapporo to Ukiha, through Yamata, Tokyo and Kyoto...

Some of my Japanese friends got a (tangible) gift - i.e. a DVD... others had... MUSIC...

Intangible, spiritual, eerie, unique.

In the Kingston's I had stored 24bit/192khz recordings of live concerts I recorded between January and April 2017... percussions, strings, wind instruments... all recorded using Sound Devices 722 and Neumann USM-69.

I loved to give away, for free as a gift should be, my music and aural vision and interpretation of reality... a sonic picture which I hope and trust the ones who got this gift enjoyed . i.e. the music when played back through their audio-systems as I enjoyed attending to the concert, recording and editing (thanking my best friend Lo...).

Music is such a treasure, folks... making a deal on it sounds so...  rude, coarse.

Thanking music, I'll be an audio seeker for the life... not viceversa.



Saturday, July 1, 2017

Igor Stravinski's burial stone in Venice





"I haven't understood a bar of music in my life, but I have felt it."

and he also said, lest you think he was always somber (or sober):

"My God, so much I like to drink Scotch that sometimes I think my name is Igor Stra-whiskey."









Wise words from a man of highest stature and irony... he who wrote timeless music... and who died in NYC, but choose to be buried in the most unique city in the world, Venice.


Above shown is his burial stone, photo by Martino Pietropoli at SAN MICHELE IN ISOLA - VENEZIA SAINT MICHAEL ISLAND IN VENICE ITALY.


Thanks to Martino Pietropoli for the nice shot.





Computer detoxing 2017


















A dedicated bag...




... yes: a field-recording dedicated bag for my beloved Sound Devices 722 digital recorder...





Thanking Tom.




Thursday, June 29, 2017

Kavi Alexander's insight about Nagra



Kavi - Stefano, did you know that Kudelski was a close friend of the Swiss ethnomusicologist Marcel Cellier, father of Claude Cellier, founder of Merging Technologies? Marcel recorded the very first Zamfir LP, the Pan-pipe Romanian virtuoso, with him accompanying on the organ, on a Narga two track deck, which he had Kudelski make for him. Thanks to him, the two track Nagras became a reality, as Nagra, until then, made only mono recorders, for the film and surveillance industries/sectors. 



Soon the two track Nagras were put to excellent use by the likes of John Shuttleworh of Meridian, the record label in the UK. Marcel, again on a two track Nagra, recorded "Le Mystery des Voix Bulgares" an extra ordinary recording, which had a profound impact of many artists in the West, including David Crosby. For years, Marcel had a radio program titled "Black sea to the Baltic"... The very first Water Lily release, of Ustad Ali Akbar Khan was recorded on a Nagra T Audio. 




For years, mono Nagras were made under license in India, for the Bollywood market! Some of the recordings of Indian classical music, released under the auspices of UNESCO and produced by my hero, French scholar Alain Danielou, were also recorded on mono Nagras! It were those UNESCO LPs that inpiered me to start Water Lily Acoustics.


The Grateful Dead were also big fans of the Nagra two track recorders. The Bear was their guiding light and it was he who picked the Nagra recorders... A recording he made on a Nagra, of Jerry Garcia and Vassar Clements, titled "Old and in the Way" is well worth seeking out.


The Nagra two track recorders employed, what Nagra called "Pre Distortion", some sort of distortion cancelling topology, affecting mostly the mid band. In the T Audio, Nagra expanded the effects of the "pre distortion" circuitry to be full bandwidth. Perhaps Tim can comment on the pros and cons of "pre distortion".





MeKavi, I bought my first Water Lily's disc, the one you suggested, in Milan at an audio fair... was soooo impressed by its eerie sound that I began investigating about serious recording, purchased a Nagra IV-S and a QGB, a Neumann U67 pair and recorded, recorded, recorded... I never gave up... and going on...









Thanks Kavi, my long-time mentor and inspiration: your knowledge and dedication to music is a statement.







Sunday, June 25, 2017

Audio Oscar









John Renbourn's house for sale...




John passed away and his beautiful house in the Scottish countryside is for sale, now...




The Snoot, Roberton, Hawick
Viewing is essential to appreciate this substantial detached two storey property located in a rural location with lovely surrounding views. The building itself has much historical significance. Built as a presbyterian church in 1843, the building was then used as a youth hostel. In recent years it was home to acclaimed guitarist John Renbourn. In need of renovation, the property offers an abundance of possibilities and currently offers ground floor accommodation with a mezzanine level, and small garden to the side.
• LARGE LIVING SPACE • OPEN PLAN KITCHEN DINING AREA • SHOWER ROOM • WC • MEZZANINE LEVEL • GARDEN • STUNNING VIEWS • EPC RATING G •
OFFERS IN THE REGION OF £85,000 



John on the grass path to his house... love this pictures shot by Dominique Trepeau.



John back in 1976, with his beloved Guild D55 (picture taken in High Barnet, London, backyard of Nic Kinsey's Livingstone Studio) 


... fondly remembering you, my mentor...



Saturday, June 24, 2017

Saturday's disc - Pierre Boulez - Rituel (dedicated to Bruno Maderna) - Eclat/Multiples on CBS Masterworks




I suggest everyone into adventurous orchestral music to search for this gem... 


It's a digital recording... but who cares!


The Master-Tapes Exchange Club




... new-born FB group...




Let's spin our machines...

Reel to reel is too good to do not share!



Vinylmania: When Life Runs at 33 Revolutions Per Minute




Worth... much worth view!




Very intriguing... bravo to Paolo Campana, the movie/documentary director.



Saturday, June 17, 2017

Wrestling




Finished the new Gotorama layout... 



... back to basic: reel-to-reel, turntable, preamp, MC transformer, crossover, amp...

I guess I today moved about 500 kilos worth of gears...

The system looks a little grunge, primitive... lesser?

... but sound is not ...  it's just... WOW!

Po' my back;-)




Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Twogoodears' Tenth Anniversary T-shirt









Anyone?




Just press Blog's "Donate" button and charge for EUR 55... incl. shipping worldwide.






It's a (very) limited-edition, one-off, folks... only 10 (ten) of these 100% cotton T-shirts will be made, for the 10 years anniversary of twogoodears Blog - i.e. July 2007/2017.





First come, first served...


P.S. - please give me your address and specify size and if you wish the Japanese "twogoodears" - i.e.  トゥーグッドイアーズ  or the English "twogoodears",  (as per above pictures).


P.P.S. - three left... so, hurry up;-)


P.P.P.S - aehm... two...


P.P.P.P.S.  - gone, as I reached the ten;-)

... thanks, folks...











From Abbey Road Studios shop - The Beatles' Yesterday score...







... as orchestrated by Sir George Martin...






Iconic, as on this song, Sir Martin began orchestrating the Fab Fours... 



Saturday, June 10, 2017

New layout - work in progress...




Work in progress and mumble-mumble mode in my studietto, thanking the lesson I had from listening to the smaller system... its weakness is its strength!



Currently playing with Nuforce MCA-20 Stealth Class D 8-channels amp and Silver Rock passive preamp with Gotorama... and looking forward to give a try to Thomas Mayer's full combo, again vs. Le Solstice J-Fet preamp.




Promising new layout, looking-forward to improved inter-notes silence... for now, I enjoy the difference vs. the Hiraga Le Classe A 30Ws' four amps, while they'll be under surgery for new, improved diode-rectifier bridges, as per Jean Hiraga's advice and suggestion.