May 23, 2004 (link)
I'm not feeling a great deal of enthusiasm for doing my French Open picks this year, but hey, why not:
Men's semifinalists: Roger Federer, Rainer Schuettler, Guillermo Coria, Tim Henman
Current music: Frank Zappa - "Inca Roads"
May 22, 2004 (link)
Some nice transcripts from the Jazz Chat area on Prodigy, including chats with Bobby Hutcherson, Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Howard Johnson, and Don Byron, among others. It's pretty surreal to see Hutcherson typing things like (in reference to alternate takes on box sets):
"lol, it's almost like building a house...lol...and the little tiny pieces of wood that you had laying on the side...lol....you know"
Also, Metheny's rankings of his own albums are way off: Secret Story at #1, with Bright Size Life only at #5? First Circle outranking Question and Answer and Song X? And Watercolors at the very bottom?! Jeez, man, he gets points for sincerity (as in "I-guess-he-really-does-like-his-fuzak-albums"), but...!
(Too bad Zero Tolerance for Silence hadn't come out then.)
Current music: Pink Floyd - Live at the Amstel Free Concert, Amsterdam, June 26th, 1971
May 17, 2004 (link)
So there used to be a page out there documenting how to modify an Ibanez AD-100 analog delay unit in such a way so that the 300ms delay time would be doubled to 600ms. However, I can't seem to find the page in question: anybody know where it is, or went? This page mentions the mod; so did this page (which I bookmarked a while back, but which has since 404ed, so I've linked to the cache at archive.org). And I've found schematics.
But so far, I can't seem to turn up those mod instructions...even an old URL would help, since archive.org might have it. Anyone?
Current music: His Name is Alive - "Smooth"
May 12, 2004 (link)
A question for anyone who owns Claudio Arrau's 3-CD set of the complete Beethoven piano concertos (released on the Musical Heritage label, with Sir Colin Davis conducting the Dresden Staatskapelle): does your copy have very audible clicking noises on some tracks?
Among other places, it shows up on Disc 1, Track 6, in the third movement (Rondo) of the second concerto, from about 1:37 - 2:12. It generally seems to be in the right channel, and is particularly evident whenever the piano is playing alone or with sparse accompaniment from the orchestra. I'm borrowing this CD from a friend of mine, and it's in pristine shape, so I don't think anything's wrong with the media; when I first heard the noises I'm describing, I was playing the disc through iTunes and thought I'd made a bad rip of the CD, until I realized I was listening to the original.
It's hard to tell whether the noise is a digital transfer glitch, or organic to the original analog recording; normally, with a dry, clicking sound like this, I'd guess the former -- but since it shows up so consistently when Arrau is on his own, it makes me wonder whether there's something physically happening that's getting picked up by the microphones: rings on his fingers? Long nails? A defect in the piano he's playing? But rhythmically, it doesn't seem to correspond that closely to anything going on in the music -- if it were Arrau's fingers, I'd expect to hear a steadier, typewriter-like cadence.
Anyway, whatever it is, it's kind of annoying now that I've noticed it -- though I didn't pick up on it until I tried playing the recording through my home speakers: on the little computer speakers in my office, the clicks don't really stand out. I've mentioned all this to my friend -- I hope I haven't ruined the CD for him! "Aww, man, now all I notice is the clicking!" (I once ruined the song "Paranoid Eyes" for someone by pointing out the place where Roger Waters goes way sharp on his vocals, so...)
So, I'm tossing the above question out there in case (a) someone else has the same problem, and/or (b) someone out there knows the story behind these noises. A long shot, but given the fact that this page has brought me information about "Rumba Mama" and Lolla Mont Gue, I'm feeling optimistic.
By the way, it's about time I added Master Control to my links sidebar. I know where he keeps his, etc.
Current music: Iron and Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
May 11, 2004 (link)
Thoughts, discoveries, insights, etc. gleaned during my week in New Hampshire:
Current music: Betty Davis - "Anti-Love Song"
Euripides II, ed. Richmond Lattimore and David Grene