Record Review January 2017

January 16th, 2017 by Guppy No comments »
  • Steven Julien: Fallen Emotive, soulful, inspiring house in a fine tradition

Record Review November 2013

November 18th, 2013 by Guppy No comments »
  • Laurel HaloChance of Rain Instrumental atmospheric ambient, ends with piano

Record Reviews August 2013

August 20th, 2013 by Guppy No comments »

Record Reviews July 2013

July 8th, 2013 by Guppy No comments »

Apple Aperture Video Import Bug

June 23rd, 2013 by Guppy No comments »

Aperture stopped importing my videos, and I didn’t notice which resulted in some being lost as I had assumed they had imported successfully. Very annoying. If this happens to you it can be fixed by rebuilding a corrupt cache using the following command:

sudo /usr/libexec/xpchelper --rebuild-cache

source

 

Record Reviews June 2013

June 14th, 2013 by Guppy No comments »
  • LocustYou'll be safe forever Welcome return of Mark Van Hoen’s project. Superb
  • LocustYou'll be safe forever (remixes) Three intriguing remixes. Good pressing at 45rpm. Well worth repeated listening
  • µ-ZiqXTEP Mike Paradinas in his earlier electronic melodic style
  • µ-ZiqChewed Corners Very welcome return of Mike’s unique melodic sensibility. Not at all like Bilious Paths. Essential.
  • LussuriaAmerican Babylon Admirable artistic audio ambition, but I prefer the EPs
  • Ancient MethodsSeventh Seal Heavygoing. Initial impact of first track isn’t matched by the remainder of this ep
  • ItalWorkshop 18 Classy pieces with well-balanced bass on this Berlin label

Record Reviews May 2013

May 7th, 2013 by Guppy No comments »
  • Solar BearsShe was coloured in Debut album mainstream sounding, not very electronic, with a few memorable moments
  • Solar BearsSupermigration Second album interesting, similar style to first
  • Dean Blunt and Inga CopelandBlack is beautiful More from the Hype Williams duo. Less bassy
  • Various / KeysoundThis is how we roll Great showcase of the current London sound
  • The KnifeShaking the habitual Surprisingly challenging, sometimes brilliant but others not so with annoying vocals and 100mins long. Needs another listen
  • GravetempleAmbient/Ruin Drone/growl/fieldrec/speed metal. Mostly excellent
  • Rainforest Spiritual EnslavementBlack magic cannot cross water Dark atmospherics. Rhythmic arrangement of unusual recorded sounds. Like
  • Geoff MullenFiltered water Low quality recording of an outdoor installation with delay feedback and guitars. Irritating.
  • DJ StingrayImping is easy EP Predictably excellent new EP from Sherard Ingram
  • Legowelt / ActressElementz of Houz Music Two mixes: one fast and club-friendly, the other downtempo and drawn out
  • The Black DogDarkhaus (Vol. 02 EP)
  • Dean BluntThe Redeemer 19 tracks from half of Hype Williams. Mostly songs, kinda rambling, not really my thing.
  • Kode 9Xingfu Lu / Kan Drums, bass and timesignatures aplenty in a kind of footwork vein. Impressed. Liking
  • BracklesRinse Presents Brackles Some vocals but this is all about syncopated drums. Like a lot
  • Versalife: Night Time Activities / Rate of Change Alias of Boris Bunnik (Conforce). Some great tracks but hard to avoid comparison with the Detroit masters
  • VersalifeVantage Point Debut LP quite enjoyable
  • Theo Parrish: Sound Sculptures Vol 1 Patchy, variable production quality but moments of excellence
  • Demdike Stare: Tryptych Three albums of sample-heavy atmospheric strangeness

Blackbeard’s Treat

September 25th, 2011 by Guppy No comments »

Listen to the mix on SoundCloud

A digital music collection without The Cloud

May 14th, 2011 by Guppy No comments »

It may not seem particularly groundbreaking at this point in time to have a complete storage and distribution strategy for your digital music, but I feel it is worthwhile writing a post on the subject since the only solutions being pushed by the big companies involve subscriptions to their services or the purchase/leasing of overpriced lossy audio files. I want to own all of my music in genuine CD quality (16bit/44.1kHz lossless) or better. If my ISP is playing up (as it does frequently) this must not have an impact on listening to what I already own. The diagram below suggests a possible strategy and shows the acquisition, storage and playback.

Acquisition

The audio files are acquired in the usual manner: ripped from CDs, captured and edited from vinyl or downloaded. Note that downloading is the only part if this strategy that requires internet access which is why the link is shown in red. All other network activity requires only your home network. At this stage the files are on your laptop. I have no intention of getting rid of my physical music collection but you may wish to go medialess to save space.

Audio Codec

For true CD quality FLAC is probably the best way to go since it is has no license costs and is quite well supported. There’s no reason why you can’t also use lossy codecs such as MP3 where FLAC is not available.

Storage

A dedicated NAS device allows either the network players or your mobile phone to access the music without needing a laptop or desktop to be running. It should be able to run an FTP server and, if the network audio player requires it, an audio server. The choice of NAS should be determined by your network audio player’s requirements. For Squeezebox consider their supported NAS devices. Sonos should work with most NAS devices.

It is the contents of the NAS that you should have a good backup strategy for, which makes it the sensible place to keep all your valuable data such as photos and documents. You could use two cheap USB hard drives which in rotation are periodically backed up from the NAS and stored off-site.

Network

The wireless router can connect to the NAS in a variety of ways. Usually the NAS will not be completely silent so I like to keep it in a different room from where the network audio players are. Ethernet-over-power is a convenient way to to achieve this if WiFi is not an option, and it can be considerably faster than WiFi.

Network Audio Player

The network player acts as a hifi component to playback your audio files hosted on the NAS. Some of the best examples are Squeezebox, Sonos or Linn DS. Squeezebox is relatively inexpensive, requires server software to be running on the NAS and potentially some technical expertise to get up and running. Sonos is slightly more expensive, much easier to set up and does not require server software. The Linn DS devices are much more expensive and require server software, but they have the potential to sound better given the right audio files and coupled with good hifi components.

Android Phone

The role of portable audio player is provided by an android mobile phone. I’ve had great results from an HTC Desire. Use an FTP client such as FtpCafe to browse your music collection and get your music files from the NAS onto the phone’s storage card. There’s finally good app support for FLAC in the form of PowerAMP music player.

The Orca Construction Site

April 15th, 2011 by Guppy No comments »


It’s been a long time in the making, at least as an idea, so here is my effort of a mix of Drexciya and related projects. This is the incomparable music of the late James Stinson and his part-time co-conspirator Gerald Donald who continues to record under the names Dopplereffekt, Arpanet, Der Zyklus amongst others.

The Orca Construction Site