A great box set of Who stories which is rounding off my collection of Tom Baker’s 4th Doctor stories.
I’ve loved this film for years and years, and I’ve only just got a copy of it at last. It’s amazing to think that it was made in 1956. The story still leaves me with questions, and the concepts are as relevant today as they were then.
The design and art are incredible, and I’d love to be able to walk around the krell machines to see them better.
Another Tom Baker story. Quite a good one too. I enjoyed it, and I’m not sure that I’d seen it before either.
With a return to buying vinyl I thought I’d look at cassettes again and I found these on eBay.
Since going along to Rough Trade East for record store day 2013 I’ve been thinking a great deal about formats. There are the obvious ones, vinyl, cassette, CD, digital, all of which I’ve owned stuff on over the years. However, it’s the characteristics of physical formats that I find most interesting and thought provoking, so I thought I’d write something about it.
There’s no doubt in my mind that digital music is incredibly convenient for a lot of my own listening needs. I love using spotify and I’ll often buy music digitally simply because of its convenience. However, remembering a love of vinyl has made start to question my buying and listening habits for the first time in many years, and made me remember some amazing releases in a variety of formats that are more art objects in some cases than just releases.
I’ll start with some tape …
I’ve been a big lover of cassettes since I was in my teens and I still love the idea of the cassette, but I haven’t bought a cassette release for years, or at least that was true until a day or so ago. I still have a handful of cassette releases, but none are as beautiful as the first edition of the Unknown Public, which I only bought on cassette by accident. I’m glad I made the mistake though, it was worth it.
Unknown Public was meant to be a monthly music magazine with a release of a selection of new musical works around a theme. I don’t think it ever became monthly and struggled to even be quarterly. However, every issue was worth a listen, and I’m glad I collected them all. Looking back they’re each a unique object that is more than just the music it contains.
CDs have a bad reputation, but here are a few examples that redeem them
So, the humble CD has had a bad reputation for a while, but I have some nice examples of CD releases that show what can be done with a simple CD release. Here’s David Sylvian’s Manafon boxed set and Amplified Gesture film.
In the case of the Manafon limited edition set I think that the object itself is almost more beautiful than the actual music, although I do like some of the album, and the DVD of the film is a great insight into the process that Sylvian and the other musicians went through to produce the album.
And so to some vinyl …
There are some wonderful things on vinyl, and I have a few. This was something I realised that I had never listened to until I bought a new turntable the other day.
So, where does this lead? It’s certainly made me rethink how I buy music and how I think about what is important to me in terms of objects that are music. I’ve found myself considering which format to buy things when they’re are options available.
Formats are important, in some ways they add something to the music itself, make it more enjoyable in many ways. I’m enjoying discovering them again, and I hope to even find a few more to explore. One thing that it very interesting is the rise of cassette labels again, but that’s for another post I think.
An absolutely amazing night out at the Roundhouse. O.M.D. were completely amazing, and John Foxx and the Maths supporting set was brilliant.
I posted the other day about an idea I’d had for a patch sheet for the molecule synth. Well I wasn’t entirely happy with the idea and decided to change it to make it more usable. I hope to have a version all sorted by the end of the week all things being equal.
The new version makes it a lot easier to use and work with and I plan to post it up to the Molecule synth forums too.
Well, it’s May the 4th and of course you have to celebrate, and it looks like lots of people have. Certainly from a quick look at Instragram plenty of people have had some fun today.
Anyway, for the first time ever I watched the three original movies back to back. It was great. Like them or not they are a phenomenon in their own right. It also made me realise just how much better the first three are over the later movies, and it makes me hope that the new film(s) will be of a high standard.