Morton Subotnick – Sidewinder

11 Oct


Although this album is a bit of a slow starter, and quieter, i found the quad area to be used to good effect with some nice use of dynamics. I think Sidewinder just has the edge on his previous album Touch  in my view.

Release: DS591p

Source: SQ LP

Process: ‘Phoenix’



9 Responses to “Morton Subotnick – Sidewinder”

  1. Owen Smith October 30, 2016 at 22:06 #

    I found this more interesting that previous Subotnik offerings on the blog. It has some musicality to it, albeit with strange instrumentation. There is plenty in the quad mix to like too. The first couple of minutes are spoiled with vinyl surface noise, but there was probably nothing that could be done about that.

    • oxforddickie October 31, 2016 at 09:29 #

      I’m afraid the album was a typical Columbia pressing and the only way to eradicate the noise was to seriously inpact on the audio. It doesn’t help that there’s a lot of silence at the beginning of the album.

  2. Steven Sullivan October 18, 2016 at 17:12 #

    Not to be a party pooper, but this is ‘officially’ available (as a 4.1 mix) on Mode Records. It’s pretty great too!

    • oxforddickie October 18, 2016 at 18:36 #

      Thank’s for that. One point, it clearly states that it is available in a “new 4.1 mix” and as this blog is dedicated to the original releases as they were in the 1970’s i feel that this is the only way the original mix, as the composer/artist intended, is available.

    • sacdtodvda November 7, 2016 at 04:08 #

      An odd disc arrangement, too – DVD-Video ones side, DVD-Audio the other.

      • Owen Smith November 7, 2016 at 09:38 #

        I’ve got a Scheherezade disc done that way! 24/96 DVD-V stereo one side, 24/192 DVD-A stereo the other side. I can detect no different audibly when playing them. The main problem is it’s hard to hold double sided discs as there’s no lable side you can put a finger on to stabilise them.

        • sacdtodvda November 7, 2016 at 18:15 #

          Now you mention it, I remember the 24/192 DVD-A stereo discs, marketed as HDAD or something like that. A few Alan Parsons albums don that way.

          • sacdtodvda November 8, 2016 at 01:26 #

            Even odder because the content easily fits on one side of the disc!

        • Owen Smith November 7, 2016 at 20:30 #

          They were indeed sold as HDAD which stands for Hybrid DVD Audio Disc. Complete waste of time, 24/96 is easily enough. This one came in a double case with a CD copy as well. I think they were trying to compete with hybrid SACD hence all the formats in the case.

          I only have the one HDAD and I can’t remember why I bought it except I like Scheherazade. Maybe it was cheap. It is actually a good recording, Pavol Kogan and the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra recorded in 1999.

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