Let's explore the many facets of the the massive genre that's World Music. What's best of course will be Alan's or your pick we all have our own ideas as to that. To start us off here is Cesaria Evora in concert in Paris, known as the "Barefoot Diva" probably Cape Verde's greatest export. Alan
"Oreka Tx—Martinez and fellow txalapartari Mikel Ugarte, joined by several other musicians fluent in Basque and global sounds—have taken their instrument, which they make themselves, from precious folk symbol to cosmopolitan high art. The sound recalls the marimba, but only in the way a piano resembles a pipe organ. Its satisfying union of rhythmic and melodic colors can be exploited in full, thanks to a duo of performers who are constantly engaged in improvisatory give-and-takes and passionate interwoven conversations, establishing and breaking down each other's beats."
World Music is something that influences many other genres and creeps in all over the place, but there is something about the 'purity' of this music that I really like. Sa Ding Ding really caught my interest a few years back. Chinese/Tibetan influences merged with Western Pop music. She has a very unusual voice.
Hi Ian, I'm enjoying exploring the "World of Music", well isn't that why we're drawn to forums like this one and others. We may start out on the hunt for the best H/P or amp but the real driving force is always the music. As we all know who frequent it the internet is an amazing place, search for one artist and you have quickly found others who lead you along interesting musical paths. Sa DingDing I found a while back whilst looking for Mongolian Throat Music having heard The Flecktones with this one..........."A Moment So Close"
Hi Ian, I'm enjoying exploring the "World of Music", well isn't that why we're drawn to forums like this one and others. We may start out on the hunt for the best H/P or amp but the real driving force is always the music.
I often wonder about this actually, Alan. Looking on many hi fi sites, much less is said about music than gear. Same on the DIYAH blog music reading figures are way lower than modding gear. On other sites, the music areas don't tend to have as many posts.
It makes you wonder whether people like the gear better than what it actually does really!!
Well I doubt that Ian, without the music the rest (gear) is pretty pointless, canned music can certainly be better appreciated on good gear which is why I returned to the "Hi-fi" scene in my later years, but there is nothing to beat sitting in a nice pub with a pint your friends and live musicians enjoying what they do. Musicman on the "Flamenco" thread reminded me of John Feely, Ireland's great classical guitarist here he is playing in my favourite setting followed by two youngsters on pipes and fiddle a fitting addition to this thread. Regards, Alan
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lobalwarming: But, let's say it's a live rock or jazz band with multi mic mayhem. Most of the phase response of the live performance has already been mortally wounded, and we haven't even made it to the mixdown
Sept 3, 2019 4:03:51 GMT
lobalwarming: Then the recording is mixed in a studio, hopefully with decent monitoring and a mix engineer who hasn't blown his ears out.
Sept 3, 2019 4:05:32 GMT
lobalwarming: After the mix engineer has finished the mix to his/her satisfaction (which means bias), then the mastering engineer takes a whack at it because the mastering engineer doesn't like the biases/tastes of the mix engineer.
Sept 3, 2019 4:08:14 GMT
lobalwarming: Quite likely neither mix engineer nor mastering engineer attended the live recording (unless a boutique label).
Sept 3, 2019 4:09:13 GMT
lobalwarming: Also... the mix & mastering engineer are normally using speakers to monitor and 'optimize' the recording for. Very, very, very few optimize for headphone listening.
Sept 3, 2019 4:14:24 GMT
lobalwarming: Making a really high quality recording that reflects the live performance sonics is really hard. So many places it can go wrong.
Sept 3, 2019 4:15:52 GMT
lobalwarming: The recording/capture/manipulation/production determine about 90% of the ultimate quality. Our little playback chains get to play with the last 10%.
Sept 3, 2019 4:17:24 GMT
lobalwarming: Since there is no perfect headphone, amp, DAC, mic, preamp we have to decide what elements of the live performance we want to focus on
Sept 3, 2019 4:23:02 GMT
lobalwarming: That focus can change depending on our mood/time of day and dozens of other subjective variables
Sept 3, 2019 4:24:47 GMT
lobalwarming: Some days I enjoy the BP ECC40 more, because it's exceptionally transparent and (with a phase-preserving recording) can accurately reproduce a sense of 3D space with excellent depth perception and precise imaging.
Sept 3, 2019 4:26:42 GMT
lobalwarming: Imaging that is a fake, of course. Because stereo is a crude approximation.
Sept 3, 2019 4:27:46 GMT
lobalwarming: Other days, I enjoy the ECC32 more, because its nature enhances the 'experience' - it often feels more engaging despite knowing it too is a fake engagement.
Sept 3, 2019 4:29:57 GMT
lobalwarming: Our brains are amazing at sensory pattern matching and our imaginations can fill in many details. But our brains are easily distracted and often distracting - messing with attention with random thoughts and/or filtering out stimulus.
Sept 3, 2019 4:32:27 GMT
lobalwarming: And before I'm banned from the shoutbox for filling all the boxes... even if I could definitively claim the ECC40 or ECC32 is better than the other, that's just me. Could be that you prefer entirely different tubes and I'm a tone-deaf idiot. ;-)
Sept 3, 2019 4:38:45 GMT
lobalwarming: What I love so much about headphone listening is that it's personal. I can tweak my system to satisfy only my whims, not the collective opinions of friends or the internet
Sept 3, 2019 4:39:59 GMT
lobalwarming: I've bought many tubes, that many claimed were the 'best', only to listen on my system with my ears and decide they were closer to the worst for me. That's why I state it as flavours. There is no objective standard that we all can agree on for live music
Sept 3, 2019 4:42:28 GMT
lobalwarming: Some prefer to be closer to stage/musicians and others prefer the sound blended with some hall acoustics and sit further back.
Sept 3, 2019 4:44:31 GMT
lobalwarming: As a recordist, which spot is the 'best seat in the house'? It's subjective.
Sept 3, 2019 4:45:08 GMT
sene: Thanks for sharing your ideas and opinion...i will give these tubes a try
Sept 3, 2019 4:58:01 GMT
lobalwarming: The ECC31 is the same construction as the ECC32, but for the heater config. The ECC31 with an adapter will still be much cheaper than the ECC32. Which will let you save up for a 1st gen unicorn Black Plate Phillips ECC40 ;-)
Sept 5, 2019 1:33:46 GMT