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and then it dawned on me that I almost only listen to rock, but all my cans seem to lean jazz/classical... time to break the amex out again... just caught it up too :(

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The RPM table looks gorgeous so I couldn't resist it. So far I've ordered two LPs from Bandcamp but both have yet to arrive. I also have a few other Bandcamp discoveries on my wish list. I'll definitely need to concentrate on vinyl for a while to make the table a worthy purchase. I'm going to be very selective with my LP purchases, however, concentrating on stuff that isn't available on CD and albums that are exceptionally good and sound horrible on digital but have a significantly better vinyl version available.

 

I really like Indie Game: The Movie. It is definitely worth watching, almost even if one has never been into video games because it's much more about the people who made the games and what they went through during the making of them than about the games themselves. I remember watching it last summer and thinking to myself when have I last seen a documentary, or a movie, as good as this. I might be biased because the subject matter is extremely close to my heart, but it has my highest recommendation.

 


 

Currently revisiting one of my absolute favorites.

 

Here's the first track to tease you.

It's amazing how LPs are growing much more popular. It's really a nice thing, that's for sure. I agree with you on being selective with LP purchases. I've managed to hear quite a few "modern" release LPs that have superior quality compared to their CD counterpart and am very surprised. While it may not serve as the best example, I have heard Louis and Bebe Barron's "Forbidden Planet" analog score on vinyl. It's digital transfer, I feel, is far less superior. Of course, this could be because the entire album was produced in analog and vinyl itself is an analog source. Yet I felt there was so much missing in the CD release.

 

I need to check this movie out.  Hearing parts of Jim Guthrie's soundtrack right and have watched the preview.  I'll see if I can find it and give it a watch as it does indeed look interesting.  Plus I totally understand your love for the subject matter.  While I love video games as well, I am the same in regards to Sci-Fi (especially Japanese monsters).  :-)

 

On the note of Nhato, I too really enjoyed "Hello World".  Such a wonderful tune.  I have some of his stuff from compilation CDs and he indeed is a wonderful artist. I do need that album, however. :-)


Speaking of analog, I have always been found of pure-analog electronic instruments music.  One of my favorite composers is Bernard Herrmann.  He is notorious for many early Sci-Fi and Suspense film scores.  Here is one of my favorites, in which the instrument called a Theremin is used:

 

As aforementioned, here is the overture from "Forbidden Planet", which is still phenomenal even today:

 

I haven't looked, but I do believe it is a rare album to come by on vinyl.  I had the pleasure listening to the vinyl a few years back and still find it to be much more superior than the digital release.


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Al Stewart

 

 

 

"She comes out of the sun in a silk dress running like a watercolour in the rain." 

 

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inb4 a billion Random Access Memories posts

 

 

 

...i mean, it's what I'm listening to right now

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Deeds of Flesh :)

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It's amazing how LPs are growing much more popular. It's really a nice thing, that's for sure. I agree with you on being selective with LP purchases. I've managed to hear quite a few "modern" release LPs that have superior quality compared to their CD counterpart and am very surprised. While it may not serve as the best example, I have heard Louis and Bebe Barron's "Forbidden Planet" analog score on vinyl. It's digital transfer, I feel, is far less superior. Of course, this could be because the entire album was produced in analog and vinyl itself is an analog source. Yet I felt there was so much missing in the CD release.

 

I need to check this movie out.  Hearing parts of Jim Guthrie's soundtrack right and have watched the preview.  I'll see if I can find it and give it a watch as it does indeed look interesting.  Plus I totally understand your love for the subject matter.  While I love video games as well, I am the same in regards to Sci-Fi (especially Japanese monsters).  :-)

 

On the note of Nhato, I too really enjoyed "Hello World".  Such a wonderful tune.  I have some of his stuff from compilation CDs and he indeed is a wonderful artist. I do need that album, however. :-)


Speaking of analog, I have always been found of pure-analog electronic instruments music.  One of my favorite composers is Bernard Herrmann.  He is notorious for many early Sci-Fi and Suspense film scores.  Here is one of my favorites, in which the instrument called a Theremin is used:

 

It is indeed a good thing that vinyl is growing again in popularity. I feel that there are a lot of different reasons why people are showing interest in it, but regardless of individual motivations it's nice to see vinyl receiving more love.

 

I've often found that CDs that were recorded in analog appeal to me more than most purely digital recording even if the final format I'm listening to is digital. Recording in analog adds its own sound to the music and that's why I'm really interested to acquire a few well recorded LPs that are verified to be made from purely analog sources without converting to digital at any point. As a side note I'm kind of tired of people claiming digital can never sound as good as analog, or others claiming that all analog formats are inferior to digital due to their technical limitations. I personally think that even if the two sound different, different doesn't automatically mean one is better and the other is worse. Claiming one or the other while remaining perfectly objective is extremely hard to do, and during the time that I've been an audiophile I've yet to encounter a person who I feel could be considered completely unbiased when it comes to audio.

 

 

I love Nhato. He is extremely talented and still quite young (he was born in 1987, I believe) so I hope he has a great career ahead of him. Even though his main style is definitely (progressive) trance, he likes to merge elements from various different styles of electronic music and he has even studied music at uni, so he should have a quite good theoretical knowledge regarding music as well. What I find interesting is that on his debut album I often feel that some of the songs don't sound like they consist of notes and beats like is the traditional way to think of music, but rather of merely "sounds" that are layered together to form a whole. I'm not sure if what I just said manages to convey how I perceive the music, but at least I tried.

 

Here's Gossip which is my musician cousin's favorite track on the album. He fell head over heels in love with Nhato when I introduced him to his music last summer. When he came over to visit a month later, the first album he wanted to hear on my B&W 803 Diamonds which he had never heard before was Etude. I'm not sure which one of us likes the album more: him or me. bigsmile_face.gif

 

 

Here is also Asuka, which in turn is my personal favorite on the album. Even to this day it never fails to blow my mind when I hear it (4th Planet is another that always brings me to at least brink of eargasm). I love how bold Nhato was on the album, especially this track. The melody line that gets introduced during the middle part of the song sounds to me like it's shouting in my face about how incredibly simple it is and dares me to try doing something about it.

 

 


 

But enough yada yada, I'm currently revisiting another personal favorite. Perhaps not one of my all-time favorites, but it definitely has a special place in my heart.

 

 

The album is Contrapasso by Symbion Project. It happens to be an album made entirely with analog synths, apart from some occasional vocal performances from the lovely Melissa Kaplan.

 

Here's the first track to once again tease people a little. It's always interesting to hear how the start of the track sounds on different equipment.

 

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It is indeed a good thing that vinyl is growing again in popularity. I feel that there are a lot of different reasons why people are showing interest in it, but regardless of individual motivations it's nice to see vinyl receiving more love.

 

I've often found that CDs that were recorded in analog appeal to me more than most purely digital recording even if the final format I'm listening to is digital. Recording in analog adds its own sound to the music and that's why I'm really interested to acquire a few well recorded LPs that are verified to be made from purely analog sources without converting to digital at any point. As a side note I'm kind of tired of people claiming digital can never sound as good as analog, or others claiming that all analog formats are inferior to digital due to their technical limitations. I personally think that even if the two sound different, different doesn't automatically mean one is better and the other is worse. Claiming one or the other while remaining perfectly objective is extremely hard to do, and during the time that I've been an audiophile I've yet to encounter a person who I feel could be considered completely unbiased when it comes to audio.

 

 

I love Nhato. He is extremely talented and still quite young (he was born in 1987, I believe) so I hope he has a great career ahead of him. Even though his main style is definitely (progressive) trance, he likes to merge elements from various different styles of electronic music and he has even studied music at uni, so he should have a quite good theoretical knowledge regarding music as well. What I find interesting is that on his debut album I often feel that some of the songs don't sound like they consist of notes and beats like is the traditional way to think of music, but rather of merely "sounds" that are layered together to form a whole. I'm not sure if what I just said manages to convey how I perceive the music, but at least I tried.

 

Here's Gossip which is my musician cousin's favorite track on the album. He fell head over heels in love with Nhato when I introduced him to his music last summer. When he came over to visit a month later, the first album he wanted to hear on my B&W 803 Diamonds which he had never heard before was Etude. I'm not sure which one of us likes the album more: him or me. bigsmile_face.gif

 

 

Here is also Asuka, which in turn is my personal favorite on the album. Even to this day it never fails to blow my mind when I hear it (4th Planet is another that always brings me to at least brink of eargasm). I love how bold Nhato was on the album, especially this track. The melody line that gets introduced during the middle part of the song sounds to me like it's shouting in my face about how incredibly simple it is and dares me to try doing something about it.

 

 


 

But enough yada yada, I'm currently revisiting another personal favorite. Perhaps not one of my all-time favorites, but it definitely has a special place in my heart.

 

 

The album is Contrapasso by Symbion Project. It happens to be an album made entirely with analog synths, apart from some occasional vocal performances from the lovely Melissa Kaplan.

 

Here's the first track to once again tease people a little. It's always interesting to hear how the start of the track sounds on different equipment.

 

Hmm, that's an interesting concept.  Not to jump overboard quickly, but you are probably right on that one.  I do enjoy listening to Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me" on CD and I believe it was recorded in Analog.  Plus thinking about it now, there are plenty of other releases that have shared the same production process with the end result being great.  You are probably right on that one for sure.  I need to be more open-minded.  redface.gif

 

I can only imagine how Etude would sound on those delicious pair of speakers. tongue_smile.gif  I am really enjoying this album.  There are so many qualities to it that are hard to ignore.  Plus the sheer musicality of it all!!  Thank you once again for sharing that!  I totally understand the love your friend has for this album now.  I can almost say I am in love with it too. :-)

 

But yes, back to more music!!!  This "Contrapasso" album seems interesting, I believe I've heard it before as well.  I love it!!! Ahh the sweet sound of analog synths...smily_headphones1.gif


Ok, so I am going to step out of the realm of electronic music for a moment.  Last night I was struck with awe when I realized I hadn't any HIM records in my iTunes collection.  Thus I ended up picking a few up from my local record store this morning.  I've been listening to "Vampire Heart" all morning.  I love this song!!

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