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Ardour's Paul Davis speaks at Linux audio event

Paul Davis, a Linux luminary who developed the JACK streaming protocol and currently works on the Ardour DAW (digital audio workstation), speaks at a conference here (video embed -- start at 2:22:32).

Worth a watch, even if it's pessimistic overall about Linux audio. On the one hand he offers a necessary reality check to open source boosterism, but on the other, he needs to insulate himself from ordinary bonehead users on forums, they are clearly wearing him down. (He's even testier on the forums.)

He makes a good point about certain types of software only being viable in the commercial realm, as opposed to the open source model. His example is Elastique Audio, a proprietary timestretching algorithm. He admits that neither Linux nor anyone else offers anything as good. It excels, he argues, because the creators spent ten years "polishing and polishing" the code. You need a promise of return, and not just the love of your peers, to do something that numbing.

At one point he muses on the types of audio users who might be drawn to Linux environment. An impetus he missed is people fleeing Apple and Windows for political and aesthetic reasons. Getting away from computer companies that trick you, spy on you, and bleed you for additional services is a strong motivator.

- tom moody

May 20th, 2017 at 1:08 pm

Moondog, "Voices of Spring," "Down is Up" lyrics

Moondog 2 (1971) was Columbia's follow-up to the better-known Moondog. The second installment features Louis Hardin and his daughter singing rounds, with simple percussion, keyboard, and woodwind accompaniment, and what sounds to me like quite a bit of overtracking and stereo-mixing.

Each little song (26 in all) is charming and minimal, reminiscent of the Carl Orff gassenhauer (street song) for children. I couldn't make out all the words but this blog transcribed them. I made some tweaks to a couple of my favorites:

Voices of Spring

voices of spring were in chorus
each voice was bringing a song
i couldn't sing in the chorus until i wrote a new song
i wrote my song and joined the throng

voices of spring were in chorus
each voice was singing a song
i couldn't sing in the chorus until i wrote my new song
i wrote my song and joined the throng

Down is Up

down is up, and so up is down
because the earth is round
there is no such a thing as up or down

- tom moody

May 19th, 2017 at 10:15 am

Posted in music - others

cutting and pressing records

Audio Geography Studios mini-documentary on lathe cutting records: [YouTube]

Audio Geography is a US-based business that offers small runs of lathe cut vinyl records to musicians. The owner acquired vintage cutting equipment used by radio stations in the '40s and '50s and employs it to cut grooved vinyl, without any further steps in the pressing process.

OFM Vinyl mini-documentary on transforming a lathe cut acetate into a nickel master and pressing the vinyl: [YouTube]

OFM Vinyl, a small record-pressing company based in France, appears to be out of business. The 2012 video shows James S. Taylor (ex-Swayzak, recording here under the name Lugano Fell), working on an ambient composition using a turntable, mixer, and (presumably) looper. The live output of his sound process is recorded directly to an acetate disc (called a "lacquer" in the video) using a lathe cutter. The rest of the video shows the labor- and equipment-intensive process of turning the lacquer into a nickel-plated master and pressing a vinyl record from the master.

- tom moody

May 18th, 2017 at 10:24 am

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cling cling the ring

Some alert YouTubers noted the similarity between

Super Mario World 2 - Yoshi's Island (SNES) Music - "Star Theme" [YouTube]


Bonzo Dog Band - "Keynsham" (words, music and vocals by Neil Innes) [YouTube]

Probably not worth going to court over, especially without Innes' immortal lyrics:

Lipstick gleam
Cling cling the ring
Clang clang she sang
It's tragic magic
There are no coincidences
But sometimes the pattern is more obvious

- tom moody

April 29th, 2017 at 8:18 pm

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Space Is The Place (Quadraphonic version)


Label (Side A) for Sun Ra's Space Is The Place LP (1973)
photo via Discogs

current prices for the Quad version:
Lowest: $40.00
Median: $72.47
Highest: $147.78

Does anyone even own a Quad system anymore? Don't answer, of course they do.

- tom moody

April 26th, 2017 at 11:37 am

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Ligeti's Poème symphonique

Poème symphonique (for 100 metronomes) (Wikipedia)
Slick French TV (?) reenactment [YouTube]
Not-so-slick German performance from last year [YouTube]
Vinyl recording (1989) (Discogs) -- current asking price $191.57 (minimum price sold $77.02)

- tom moody

April 26th, 2017 at 11:25 am

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vintage Varèse


Photo of label of the shellac pressing (1937) of
Edgar Varèse's "Ionisation (For Percussion Ensemble)"
via Discogs

2 collectors report owning this on Discogs. No copy is offered for sale (yet).

- tom moody

April 26th, 2017 at 11:25 am

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kraf and florian

Label misprint of Kraftwerk's Ralf & Florian LP (1975), via Discogs:


You know, Kraf & Florian, those German techno dudes. I actually own the misprinted version (purchased from a cutout bin) and either forgot or never noticed the error until yesterday. Here are some scans from Discogs of the outer sleeve of some other owner's slightly soiled copy:



This was back when they had hair, and were relaxed and having a good time, before the addition of two percussionists and the pose of ultimate robotic regimentation that commenced with Trans Europe Express and The Man Machine and still hasn't ended. Members have come and gone, like replaceable parts (including Florian) so now it's just Ralf Hütter and some substitutes -- the MOMA-ready incarnation of the band.

- tom moody

April 19th, 2017 at 10:05 am

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LP and commentary



Images and commentary via Discogs:


- tom moody

April 18th, 2017 at 11:37 am

censorship, 1970s-style

Going through the Discogs database recalled this racy LP cover (how could anyone forget this?):


That was briefly in stores in the US, but by the end of the year (1974) the "censored version" appeared:


Kind of eerie! If you're concerned about a transgressive female image, don't use half-measures. Just show some trees. This was decades before the erased-in-Photoshop genre appeared (e.g. removing the victims of the Kent State shooting using the "clone tool") so it seems almost presciently eerie.

- tom moody

April 17th, 2017 at 10:32 am