Category Archives: Music

Words Know No Borders…

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Last Night of the Proms 2019

So, it’s over for another year – we will have to wait until the 17th July 2020 for the next season of the BBC Proms to start. Meanwhile, I’ll remember the Last Night of the Proms for 2019 (last night…) … Continue reading

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Carmina Burana

I was revisiting an old post of mine about a strange version of Carmen, and discovered that there’s a sequel that is perhaps even more weird: Carmina Burana – as you’ve definitely never seen it before…

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Bohemian Gravity

I know I’m very late to this, but I’ve just come across this via a link in another online forum. Worth a listen…

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An Afternoon Concert

Yesterday I went to an afternoon concert in which Lucas Jussen played Saint-Saëns 5th Piano Concerto with Het Gelders Orkest. I enjoyed it very much. Also on the program were the orchestral suites of Daphnis et Chloé, but what was … Continue reading

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QUAD Artera Link – Rare Bird or Lame Duck?

The audio manufacturer QUAD introduced the Artera line of products back in 2015. At the 2016 Sound and Vision show in Bristol, QUAD previewed two additional models in the range: an all-in-one player and amplifier (the Artera One) and a … Continue reading

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You Gotta Believe

Nina Paley has been working on Seder-Masochism, the follow-up to her wonderful Sita Sings The Blues, for a while now. Here’s a snippet, visuals courtesy Nina, song courtesy The Pointer Sisters. Fabulous (in all meanings of the word)!

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Temptation

Yesterday I went to Arnhem to listen to a pair of the Kii Three speakers. They were being demonstrated in WiFi Media. They are a new product from a young company, and have had very good reviews in the audiophile … Continue reading

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A New Lease of Life

As I’ve mentioned before, the speakers in my Hi-Fi system are a pair of QUAD electrostatic loudspeakers – the ESL 57 model to be precise – and this year, they will be forty years old. They still sound pretty good, … Continue reading

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Media in the Home–The State of Play

I’ve written a couple of posts over the past six weeks about Hi-Fi and Home Cinema, and I thought it would be useful to document the current state of play here in the Witte Wand. Six weeks ago, I was … Continue reading

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The Pursuit of Excellence or Excess?

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about my adventures in the world of Hi-Fi. With the discovery of Roon, I’ve rekindled my quest to listen to music, rather than have it as background noise. It’s also had the side … Continue reading

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Media in the Home – The Journey Continues, and Roon is Discovered

Music My journey to get the best experience of listening to music began many years ago, when I was still a teenager. That was when I first dipped my toes into the waters of HiFi. Using the wages from the … Continue reading

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Into The Woods…

Just over a year ago, I blogged about the forthcoming film version of Into the Woods, the musical by Stephen Sondheim, which would be produced by Disney. I was a bit concerned that, despite a strong cast, the saccharine hand … Continue reading

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Groove Music – Amnesia in Action

Microsoft has released a new version of its Groove Music app (version 3.6.1210.0) for Windows 10. They’ve also introduced yet another bug into it, a showstopper, as far as I’m concerned. Groove keeps losing my entire album collection, and trying … Continue reading

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I Wish…

…that the upcoming Disney version of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods will do justice to the material. The first teaser trailer for the film of Into the Woods has been released, and it’s notable that there ain’t no singing in … Continue reading

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Rise Like a Phoenix…

Well, of course, as soon as I read of the controversy surrounding Conchita Wurst, I couldn’t help but cheer her on in the Eurovision Song Festival. A drag queen, with a beard? It brings back fond memories of the Sisters … Continue reading

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The UN Goes Bollywood

The UN Human Rights Office has made the first ever Bollywood music video for gay rights as part of their Free & Equal initiative:   With my Indian ancestry, I thought it rather charming and sweet…

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Music and Windows Phone

Back in the days of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft’s Zune application was used to copy or synchronise media (music, photos, videos and podcasts) between your PC’s media libraries and your Windows Phone. When I had a Nokia Lumia 800 (which … Continue reading

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Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent

Back in 1959, when I was ten years old, I went to our local cinema and saw Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. I was utterly mesmerised by it. Two things gripped me, and never let me go: the look of the … Continue reading

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Xbox Music App – Metadata Madness

I’m doing the old one-step-forwards-two-steps-back shuffle with Microsoft again. This time it’s the latest version of the Xbox Music App that is raising my frustration levels. Windows 8.1 has arrived with a new version of the Xbox Music App (version … Continue reading

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