6 Nov

A funny thing happened on my way home from the doctors……..

Well actually only part of that is true, it certainly wasn’t funny!. After one of the most gruelling visits to my doctors in ages, i felt as though my head was going to explode (a feeling i’m sure many of you know) which seems to have let loose an idea that was obviously being worked upon in the mysterious  depths of the little grey cells.

A little over a year ago i released the first SQ decoding using ‘Phoenix’, a process that i can honestly say i’m proud of. At the time, attempts to use the heart of the process, which, if you remember, was taken from the shelved ‘IV’ process, on any of the other matrix systems failed due to the fact that SQ was/is a one off, nothing like any of the other systems.

And so for a year now i’ve been happy with where we were, and have been happy listening to the new and re-issued releases without feeling anything was wrong. Until Tuesday this week.

The idea that suddenly came to me was that it may be possible to alter the section borrowed from ‘IV’ enough to allow it to work on different areas of a matrix. Cutting it short now, within an hour of starting work on it i had managed to prove the idea worked well enough to integrate it into the decode process for QS.

By 1.30am the following morning i had all but completed the new process, and a test decode of a track from a previous release showed it worked without any serious issues. Worked continued to iron out an few niggles and by early evening on Wednesday ‘Chimera’ (ch) was born. Where did the name come from? Well, Owen came up with that during one of of our email chats during one of the many tea breaks, thanks Owen.

Although i’ve only completed one album decode using it, having listened to it at least a dozen times now i’m confident enough to release it for you all to pick it to pieces, hopefully comparing it to the original release.

And what of ‘Phoenix’? Well, Owen mentioned that it’s coming up to its first birthday, which unfortunately it won’t be seeing. I never thought any of the process’s would be replaced by myself as i really felt happy with how things ended up. But i do honestly believe now that this is as good as SQ & QS decoding can get, at least from my beleaguered brain and the equipment i have to hand., and i foresee no further upgrades to them in the future, that is unless you spot something wrong that is)

Hopefully i’ll release it tomorrow, so tune up your ears guys………


20 Responses to “Chimera?”

  1. bigheadrascal November 26, 2015 at 01:02 #

    In a “blind taste test” I’m not sure I’d be able to distinguish a QS/Chimera decode from an SQ/Phoenix decode.

  2. scott colburn November 7, 2015 at 18:44 #


  3. jaypfunk November 6, 2015 at 17:00 #

    Nice! Can’t wait to the hear how Chimera decodes. Is the 1st release going to be a reissue or new one we haven’t had yet?

    • oxforddickie November 6, 2015 at 17:13 #

      The first few are going to be re-issues, basically to gauge reaction and who knows, there might be an issue i’ve not spotted, a problem with being so close to the work.

      There may also be a re-issue on the Classical blog, am listening to it now. Both titles were pulled out of the collection completely at random but they both have, in my view, areas that allow improvements to be heard.

  4. joeerand November 6, 2015 at 16:10 #

    Very exciting! Your account reads like one of Thomas Edison’s discoveries.

    • oxforddickie November 6, 2015 at 16:44 #

      Really? I’m not in his league at all though lol

    • Owen Smith November 6, 2015 at 18:12 #

      Edison had a large staff working together on “his” discoveries. In a way Edison was the first modern style inventor. OD works alone – sounds like a voiceover for a superhero film: “OD The Caped Quad Defender – He Works Alone!”.

  5. Owen Smith November 6, 2015 at 14:41 #

    I think you mean Sphinx won’t quite make it’s first birthday. Phoenix is for SQ and has already had it’s birthday.

    As for the name Chimera – it’s a monstrours hybrid of mutioke creatures (Sphinx and Phoenix in this case) which seemed appropriate. Apart from the “monstrous” bit. And there are so few mythological creatures with names that start with Q.

    • oxforddickie November 6, 2015 at 16:43 #

      Oh yea, heads still a bit foggy… (well that’s my excuse)

  6. avpig November 6, 2015 at 14:12 #

    I hope that all is well with you. Thanks for your continuing efforts to maximize the quad experience for all of us. Your results are quite amazing.

  7. atq November 6, 2015 at 13:34 #

    Sorry to hear that you had a trip to the doctor’s. Great news, though, if you’ve managed to further improve your processing.

    • oxforddickie November 6, 2015 at 16:42 #

      Visits to the doctors are almost as regular as my tea drinking

  8. bigheadrascal November 6, 2015 at 10:56 #

    Some while ago I made a reference to you bringing forth more magic from your magic hat, so I am not surprised. Magic hats are magic after all, aren’t they? I have no doubt anyone in this blog would dispute that you’re THE Merlin of matrix, bar none. I look forward to what you have now rendered from that hat of yours.

    In the meantime my trusty HTIB seems to have drastically suffered from power surges during a very bad lightning storm this past summer and quite possibly cannot be resurrected by even the best magic. This is why I haven’t made any comments on releases lately. While you work the matrix magic, alas I’ll be shopping.

    • oxforddickie November 6, 2015 at 11:17 #

      Nothing can stand in the way of nature, for it is the master of all.

      • bigheadrascal November 6, 2015 at 11:31 #

        The Philips has been left unplugged for several weeks now. Sometimes unplugging devices for a spell works its own magic. I’ll plug the bad boy in later this weekend and hope for the best because my Beatles 1 bluray set is to arrive today. Keep your fingers crossed and, if you please, wave your wand upon the hat that my surround machine can live on.

        • oxforddickie November 6, 2015 at 11:48 #

          I’ll try, but no promises…….

        • zaphod2359 November 6, 2015 at 12:44 #

          I’ve got my fingers crossed for you,mine comes today too. From the reviews it will be a good weekend!

          • zaphod2359 November 6, 2015 at 12:46 #

            …and I’d like to echo your comments on Chimera. Just wonderful.

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