An Historical Review

27 Nov

As the blog approaches yet another centenary, I find myself looking back over not only the last hundred releases but the blogs output in general.

Recently I was asked by a couple of people if there was a listing of all of the releases as trawling through the either bog can be rather tedious. A list was started back around the time of the 300th release, but for a variety of reasons was never completed.

After much deliberation I feel that there does need to be a listing of both blogs output. After all, who can remember every title put out? I realised I certainly can’t. Add to that, something reminded me of a conversation I had quite some time ago (about the time of the birth of ‘Phoenix’) with Owen regarding whether my work was written down.

Actually, now as then, nothing is written down, I work from memory. Quite possibly not the best idea, but it’s the way I’ve always worked, but recently It’s become obvious the old memory isn’t as good as it once was, so perhaps it was time to finally give in and put to virtual paper how the ‘Mythical’ process’s work.

Well, that was the theory.

What actually happened was the first chapter (well four pages) on the basic theory of how, and why, there is actually only one way to decode SQ, by showing the decode equation (which I believe has never been made available anywhere before) along with a mathematical breakdown of how/why it works.

That was written a week ago. There’s nothing included with regards to any decoding process, just the raw technical information needed to allow an accurate method of decoding SQ to be based upon.

Although only a first draft, I realised that it was the start of a possible small E-Book on the basic needs of how these antique matrix systems need to be approached for decoding. It’s going to be a long-term project, if and when it gets completed, and will contain some of the work into how and why hardware and software decoding has to be approached slightly differently.

Back to the list of titles released, once started it became obvious there are holes where titles have been withdrawn for a variety of, long forgotten, reasons and for the sake of completeness, need filling with active releases.

So from now any new releases will be used to fill these holes until the blogs output is ‘complete’, so the 600th release will be a little way off.

To end I’d like to thank those (both in the past and present) for their much-needed support in respect of keeping the blogs viable. The (D) reissues will continue until every title is of the best decode possible.



11 Responses to “An Historical Review”

  1. joeerand November 28, 2016 at 07:27 #

    Your attention to detail, constant search for improvement, and eclectic taste have made this blog a real joy. I also think there is real, lasting archival value to what you do here. It is staggering that you are even able to contemplate passing the 600 mark…that’s an unbelievable amount of work. Thanks for sharing with us, and keeping us in the conversation.

    • oxforddickie November 28, 2016 at 08:16 #

      Thanks for your comments. I find it staggering too that the blog has managed to get to this point, there’s been so many hurdles to jump to keep it going, it’s fair to say it wouldn’t have gotten anywhere near 600 releases without all you quadraphiles out there.

  2. John McBride November 27, 2016 at 20:40 #

    As a latecomer to this blog, I have to say I have derived SO MUCH pleasure listening to the music that oxforddickie has processed and shared. I don’t have that much time for listening, or for posting for that matter, BUT it has been a sheer joy to hear some of my favorite albums in wonderful Quad – and to discover new artists in this medium too. So, many, many thanks from me to the guy in charge. Amazing work, tremendous sharing, and all the best with the cataloguing. Cheers!

    • oxforddickie November 27, 2016 at 20:56 #

      I’m glad to hear that you’ve enjoyed albums you knew only in stereo, in quad and that you’ve also discovered other types of music too too.

      Those two things are what the blog’s all about, thank you.

    • birdycat19 November 29, 2016 at 02:17 #

      I can’t top John’s comments so I’ll just echo them. As Nietzsche said, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” No mistaking this: your work has been a joy to discover and it has enriched my life!

  3. twosheds November 27, 2016 at 15:34 #

    As I’m one of the ones asking about a list I’d like to offer to help compiling the list. Indeed on receipt of your reply I started compiling one by trawling through the list

    Sent from my iPad

    • oxforddickie November 27, 2016 at 18:35 #

      Thanks for the offer. the list is an on-going project, listing where possible those that have been withdrawn. As of yet i’m not sure which is the best way, nor in what format, to make it available onceit’s completed.

      Of course keeping it updated is essential in making it a worthwhile tool, which is something ineed to remember to do.

  4. TheTarkus10 November 27, 2016 at 14:50 #

    You are one of a kind. Thank you for all you have done! It is truly appreciated…

  5. Owen Smith November 27, 2016 at 11:33 #

    Have you tried using the Way Back Machine and other web archives? They show what web sites looked like at various times in the past, so provided you know the web site for the original blogs in various forms you may be able to see what was once issued under a DS number that you now don’t know what it was.

  6. zaphod2359 November 27, 2016 at 05:42 #

    Amazing work,both from a technical standpoint and from the standpoint of bringing to light so many worthy artists and albums that I missed on the first go-round! Much appreciated!

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