Archive for April, 2010
Beautiful, evocative, and trippy, this vid takes you on an entertaining journey rendered by two German artists.
If you can’t take electronica, try this one instead. Far more sedate.
Or this one for something in between.
Downloads available here.
(Lehmann’s other videos are also notable, for reasons other than music.)
Great music, performed well. And sometimes much better than “well.”
If you don’t believe me, try a couple of their well-produced CD’s (available on the web site).
Virtuoso pianist Lang Lang stunned SF’s Davies by whipping out an iPad and playing “Flight of the Bumblebees.” Video here.
The software powering the performance was Magic Piano from Smule.
I wish I had been there…makes me want an iPad too!
“To Have and to Hold” – as in LP (not book) – is an upcoming documentary film about the hold that vinyl has over music-lovers everywhere.
The film is still in production, but you can get a taste of it from this “teaser” video.
Great stuff. This film should build on Fremer’s work, raising awareness and entertaining all at once.
An engaging Guardian article provides the backstory on the Stones masterpiece – “Exile on Main Street.”
The self-imposed exile to France, conducted to evade Britain’s putative 93% income tax, provided the backdrop for drunken debauchery, in-fighting, and raw rock & roll.
The article presages an upcoming re-release of “Exile.”
This lengthy but well-written Slate article takes you through it.
In the process, you’ll learn about Bach’s motives and methods for WTC, instrument tuners’ dilemmas, and a special musical construct named “the wolf.” Music excerpts help motivate the text.
A little geeky, but fun nonetheless.
The list is up – and it’s growing.
I think the show is already at critical mass – and worthy of a visit.
July 30 – August 1 in Emeryville.
As I expected, all feature Firewire 800 ports.
So the (audiophile) rumors of Firewire’s demise are greatly exagerated…
(Thanks to Aaron K for pointing these out.)
…how about automated violin break-in devices?
Who will be the first audiophile to apply this gear to a speaker cabinet?
(Cable break-in cookers are, of course, still available – starting at $800.)
So save the dates: July 30 – August 1
The event will be in Emeryville and comes courtesy the good folks at Dagogo.
Organization is still in its early stages. In speaking with Constantine Soo, Dagogo founder, last week, I learned that several key exhibitors had signed and invitations had gone out to many more.
Given that at least twenty high-end vendors call NorCal home, I’d expect a very nice event. Of course, many non-local folks will also exhibit.
I will later send out an email containing a registration link…
- Frequency bands are commonly expressed in octaves and decades
- Volume settings (attenuation) and gain are expressed in decibels (dB)
- Treble falls off rapidly with distance – exponentially in fact
The common ground is that all of these quantities are logarithmic (the inverse of logarithmic is exponential).
Well, it turns out that reclusive tribes deep in the Amazon think the same way. So do small children.
Click the link above for a fascinating look at the Munduruku tribe and its numerical methods. (They can only count to five!)
And click here to learn more about logarithms in audio.
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