Archive | October, 2015

Paypal account permanently closed

30 Oct

Paypal have permanently limited my account so please do not try to send any donations to it. I’m unsure quite what to do next, requires serious consideration.


Directory of UK Sound Collections

29 Oct

As some of you may remember, earlier in the year i put forward this blogs details to the British Library who had decided to start a directory of individuals and institutions who were actively archiving audio, of any type. I have already posted that the blog was accepted, but today i received notification that the directory has been officially published, and at 661 pages it’s a stunning document listing the work being done in the UK to archive audio/sounds.

If your interested in their work, the website is here

BBC Binaural Broadcasts

29 Oct

On the evening of the 31st of October the BBC will be broadcasting two ‘scary’ plays on Radio 4. The UK FM service will be broadcasting the standard stereo versions, but the Binaural versions will be available via the web.

The plays are “The Ring” and “The Stone Tape“.

Should be interesting listening.

Mountain – Twin Peaks

28 Oct



I thought it best explain my use of the original CD release of this album over the newer ‘remastered version. The original CD has been unfairly slated as having poor sound quality, which it may seem to have on most players as it was mastered with ‘pre-emphasis’, and hardly any players nowadays are equipped with the de-emphasis circuitry to return the audio back to it’s normal level, resulting in an over bright, bass light quality with a slightly recessed mid-range.

The remastered release unfortunately suffers from having been eq’d and compressed to make it ‘sound’ clearer. resulting in damage being caused to the encoded information. Also, during the listening tests i found i soon grew tired of listening to it and never actually made it all the way through.

So the original release was used, after having been accurately de-emphasised. And like the previous Santana live album, this decode really impressed me, it was another that i never bothered to listen too before, something that has certainly changed.


Reissue: (D) New decode

Release: DS43p

Source: SQ CD



Frank Lowe – Black Beings

27 Oct

Frank Lowe - Black Beings DS531u front

Recorded in 1973, Frank Lowe (tenor saxophone) pulled in Joseph Jarman (soprano and alto saxophones) and William Parker (bass) to fly into the eye of free jazz. Lowe was into the music after John Coltrane’s album ‘Ascension’, and the influence and impact can be felt right through. Lowe went out on a musical limb here; the genre was not a long-term residence for him.

Black Beings serves as an historical document and stopping-off point in the musical legacy of Lowe, showing a rare side of the musician.

This is another DY encoded album from the ESP label and in its original album length version, and not the recently discovered ‘extended’ version. Obviously the fact that they discovered the uncut version in the vaults doesn’t mean that it was quad, but the thing about the ‘remastered’ release is that it is compressed and has suffered from obvious eq-tweaking to make it sound ‘clearer’. And it’s the heavy-handed eq-ing that can permanently damage the encoding, hence the use of the original length version.

Recorded live March 1973

Release: DS531u

Source: DY CD

Process: ‘Unicorn’


Popol Vuh – Hosianna Mantra

23 Oct

Popol Vuh - Hosianna Mantra DS527p front


Release: DS527p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’


Santana – Lotus

17 Oct

Santana - Lotus DS11p front

This reissue is long overdue because i wasn’t overly happy with the overall quality of the original vinyl transfer that was supplied in the early days. Just because it was recorded at 24/96 doesn’t mean it was fit for purpose, which, i’m sorry to say, proved to be correct.

So for this release i opted for the rare Japanese 3CD release after hearing that the American 2CD set suffered from heavy compression, thus affecting sound quality.

As you probably know this is a very long live concert, clocking in at two hours. Because of that it wasn’t possible to get the complete concert onto one DVD-A/V as normal. I had the choice of splitting the concert between two discs or to do the complete concert on separate discs, which is the option i went for. So all you need to do is to download the disc with the audio stream you need, although there’s nothing to stop you downloading both as a future proofing exercise.

One last thing is that i’ve removed that totally unnecessary minute of silence before the music starts. I’m sorry if that aggravates anyone but it being there aggravated me no end.

I would appreciate feedback on the album, especially the use of two separate discs.


Reissue: (D) New source & decode.

Release: DS11p

Source: Japanese 3CD set.

Process: ‘Phoenix’

Format: 1 x DVD-A:  MLP  &  1 x DVD-V:  DTS/DD

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