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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Embroidered Zoetrope







Vinyl-art at its VERY best!




... round and round and round...





Thursday, January 12, 2017

Winston Ma's system




An hommage to an hardcore audiophile, a musical bliss seeker, who passed away last year...




Thanking my friend Reinhard and Positive Feedback.

R.I.P.



Per aspera ad astra...











Ecstasy











Thanking Glenn Gould and Harvey "Gizmo" Rosenberg



Audio Lover









… the above definition sounds appropriate, in my opinion.




Yesterday evening I visited my pal Franco at his place, a spacious room packed with a nice audio system and literally dozens of acoustic and electric guitars, open reels and stage/studio electronic gears and effects for guitar.




An heaven.




Audio lover… you know translating into my native language it becomes not only “appassionato audio” but also “audio amante” o “amante audio”, as you prefer.




Do you wonder what I mean?




I mean: like with a lover, un’amante, meeting with audio/music friends represents one of the highlights of our passion; when I get a visit at my studietto, the best seat, the Eames’ lounge chair and ottoman are my host’s, I seat off-axis, happy if my pal enjoys.




I struck myself to choose the best, seldom heard discs… the most obscure discs, the sought after promo copy or original open reel pre-recorded tape or master-dub.




Same happened at Franco’s place: he digged his shelves and truly cool gems surfaced and got spinned and enjoyed.








Like with a “lover”, literally un’amante, when meeting, only the best is offered: charm, empathy, elegance, smart chatting, sweetness, good sex… that’s the joy of a pleasant, happy relationship.




No, not sex among audio lovers, yet only the best hosting and empathy, as choosing the right music makes an evening a special one or an average, so-so one.




… to some extent: what’s friendship if not sex-less love?




Let’s cherish our audio (lovers) pals;-) 



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Fred Neil - Sessions (1967)









Something happened, yesterday…


... during a quiet, lovely listening session, mostly devoted to the “new” vinyl discs I recently purchased at a local flea market, after some Bach and assorted harpsichord music by Gustav Leonhard, I felt the need to listen to something different… I mean very different.


 


I browsed in a discs-box and Fred Neil’s “Sessions” on Capitol (1967) re-surfaced.





 


I immediately recognized it as an original promo pressing with a “free” punched on a cover corner.


 


I placed the wax on Garrardzilla platter, put the peripheral-ring and the clamp and hand-lowered the Lumiere DST’s diamond tip on the disc.


 


The vinyl surface wasn’t perfect – i.e. assorted tiny pops and some wear-noise, but… when Fred’s voice began singing and those acoustic guitars interwoving and the low, nicely recorded double-bass also blossomed, it became apparent the surface noises weren’t disturbing the music and listening experience, at all!


 


To my surprise, I paid more attention to the phenomenon: it was like the vinyl noises where embedded in the dark studio/listening room background, while the music, so rich of nuances and bits, was simply more important and unaffected and popping out above mentioned pressing/worn out defects.


 


Impressive.


 


P.S. – the disc is a true masterpiece: Fred was the model after the late Tim Buckley made himself as Tim Buckley… roaring voice, superb 12 strings strumming… Mr. Tambourine Man himself – aka Bruce Langhorne is also playing his acoustic guitar… very cool idea leaving – thus the Sessions title – some chatting after the takes.

Highly recommended.



Neumann U87







A cool insight about the making of iconic Neumann U87.


Interesting.




ReVox uber alles!





The book to have as a ReVox' fan!






High quality coffee-table book... maybe a little pricey, yet VERY interesting and worthwhile to own.







Record of the Day - Alain Kremski - Vibrations - Improvisation pour piano et "bols chantants" tibetains (Auvidis)







What a strange, one of a kind record, folks!


Georges Kisselhof masterfully engineered it, recording at his beloved Notre Dame de Liban church, in Paris, near Pantheon.


The sound on this disc is simply unbelievable, like the music: a concert piano recorded in a nicely reverberant huge church, yet keeping all the details, pedals, felt, hands, breathing and the decay is so natural and beautifully blending with the (weird) tibetan bells ancient sound.






I love this seldom heard and seen record.


If you're into beautiful, meditative, lounging atmospheres, grab this disc.


You won't regret.



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Arvo Pärt is the world’s most performed living composer sixth year running!



In September, Arvo Pärt celebrated his 81st birthday with a new album launch. Called “The Deer’s Cry”, the album features the composer’s vocal pieces performed by Estonian vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis and conducted by Jaan-Eik Tulve.




Bravo!




Sunday, January 8, 2017

Austin Kleon's Steal like an artist




Yesterday, while travelling by train... ahem: before travelling by train, actually, I bought a booklet at a railway station bookshop.

I read it in one hour... than I read it again today... 




So what?

Share! is the message.


Share!


Share!!!


A worth reading... something to be cross-read, suggesting something.

Thanks to Mr. Kleon.

I agree.




I'm richer, today...



... as I learned a new word;-)



I love to coddiwomple...







# 1





Dedicated record collector bought EVERY single that made the UK charts for more than six decades - all 45,000 of them!



Clever obsession!





Flea-market goodies




Great finds, today... the prize for browsing records-bins this early morning with bare hands, at -7 degrees Centigrade;-)


Superb, conducted by the author himself... a recording to die for!


A mint Lyrita pressed by Decca for EUR 2? Yes I can;-) 


Obscure Danish orchestral music... 


A seldom seen nugget, the creme de la creme of ancient music specialists from The Netherlands... a live recording! WOW!



Who's who!


M. Blandine Verlet... an Astree/Valois recording...


Superb!




Maestro Szell conducting... Japanese pressing, killer recording, superb music. ... ahhhh, those cellos and double basses pizzicatos on side two....




A masterpiece and a super-disc... three records-set and booklet, mint Japanese pressing.



Elegant box-set... vinyl on canvas;-)


Gustav Leonhard's Telefunken early pressing, mint. 



Satie for orchestra, orchestration by... Claude Debussy! Killer sound!



Great, seldom heard music... nice recording, super dynamics!



... nice Japanese pressing. 




The above gems costed about the price of a single (digitallish) reissue...





Saturday, January 7, 2017

A Symphony in the key of CuSn



Just read my friend's Tom appreciation of Garrardzilla's approach, after gettining the full monty.





I'm humbly impressed by his words... yet, not surprised.


His satisfaction is mine, as he fully understood the hard job behind these parts, someway similar to the musicians years of study to perform easily and flawlessly a music-score.

The hours spent on the music sheet should vanish during performance and not distract listener with hard facts, like hands pain, short sight due to reading tiny notes on paper and the like: only music, at its purest, should remains.

Same happens - again, humbly said, of course, as my vision is only shared among a bunch of empathic and enthusiast friends - with Garrardzilla.

The bespoke parts are - easily, unassumingly, after being installed - unveiling things previously only hinted in stock 301.

The labour and parts aren't a sort-of distracting, random technical redundancy, but a follow-up of the great job made at Swindon's workshop, paying the most sincere kudos to Garrard's people and workmanship, yet taking the plum from where they left.

Thanking Tom for his empathy and loyal support.

Enjoy.





Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Garrardzilla 2017




My pal Tom's Garrardzilla... class, class and class. 



I'm partial to this kind of beauty!



Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Ralph Towner's My Foolish Heart



Thanking Stefano Amerio for the preview...



Brand new!

Yessss!