Category Archives: Music

“Play to” and Windows 8.1

Back in the distant days of 2009, Microsoft introduced a feature called “Play to” into its new operating system, Windows 7. Play to, so Microsoft claimed: makes it easy to stream music, video, and photos from your computer to other … Continue reading

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Music In The Cathedral

The ISS is one of science’s cathedrals. Scientists can also be musicians. Space Oddity has always been one of my favourite songs. Commander Chris Hadfield brings it all together. The special effects were all provided by nature. Wonderful.

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A Cappella After Ever After

I think that this young man has a future in showbusiness…   Clever words, too…

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Doctor Dream Is No More

Another influencer on my early adulthood is no more: Kevin Ayers has died. Damn. Time to listen again to some of his work: Joy of a Toy, Bananamour, and of course: The Confessions of Doctor Dream. RIP Mr. Ayers.

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Carmen – “Habanera”

…as you’ve never seen it before…   Strangely, I seem to have remembered the same odd places from the 1970s as well… August Schram – clearly someone who has the same odd recollections, even if he is too young to … Continue reading

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Let’s Have A Kiki

Despite those who feel that this is merely passé, I like this track enormously, and am pleased to see the video from the Scissor Sisters. My niece recently sent me an email reporting that she and her family had seen … Continue reading

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Facets of Delius

I was first introduced to the music of Frederick Delius back in 1968 via Ken Russell’s brilliant biographical film portrait: Song of Summer. The film dealt with Delius’s last six years of life, when he was a cantankerous old man; … Continue reading

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A Talent To Watch…

He’s a young man called Cosmo Jarvis, a singer-songwriter. I came across the video of his song “Gay Pirates”, and thought it was pretty good… And then I found a much darker song: “Sure As Hell Not Jesus” Jarvis directed … Continue reading

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Testimony

Yes, it’s pulling at the heartstrings, it’s trying to be Stephen Sondheim (but it’s Stephen Schwartz). Nevertheless. It speaks to me. Maybe, as Noel Coward once said: never underestimate the potency of cheap music – but still. This has power. … Continue reading

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All Is Not Lost

The OK Go band + Pilobolus = Amazing Video.

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Rediscovering Holst

Another note for the diary. Tony Palmer has made a documentary about Gustav Holst that will be broadcast on BBC4 on the 24th April. There is more to Holst than The Planets – but while I think Holst’s Beni Mora … Continue reading

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VST and ASIO Performance in Cubase 6

Here’s a tip if you’ve been struggling with poor performance of your VST instruments and ASIO in Cubase. But first, a bit of history… The History Steinberg’s Cubase is one of the leading software applications for music production. It’s been … Continue reading

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Someone Like You

I wrote a couple of months ago that I was looking forward to the release of Adele’s next album: 21. We got it a couple of weeks ago, and have been playing it frequently ever since. It’s very, very good. … Continue reading

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Eurovision Looms

Well, it’s a new year, and the annual spectacle of Eurovision is on the horizon. Last night, we were treated (if that’s the word) to the selection process of the Dutch entry. This year, the Dutch banner is being lofted … Continue reading

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Ken, Ken, and their Operas

I’ve just watched the version of Mozart’s Magic Flute filmed by Kenneth Branagh. I was absolutely blown away by its sheer bravura. From the opening single tracking shot beginning in the trenches of World War 1, then rising far above; … Continue reading

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It Gets Better, Sorta…

After the last post featuring Rebecca Drysdale, here’s a rather tamer effort in the same theme from Ricky Martin. http://www.youtube.com/v/kzxoQ9rbDAA&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&version=3 While it’s really good to see that he’s dropped the pretence that he’s straight, I still don’t find this latest … Continue reading

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It Gets Better–Part III

I’ve been here before – but here’s a video from Rebecca Drysdale that rocks. I’ve never heard of her before, but this is very good – I particularly liked the homage to Vogue. You go, girl!

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Political Ska

Although I no longer live in the UK, I still follow what’s happening there. And the acts of the new coalition government fill me with despair. We seem to have learned nothing since Thatcher. Here’s a musical take on the … Continue reading

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Sorrowful Songs

Henryk Górecki’s 3rd Symphony, the Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, was composed in 1976. While many take its meaning as a remembrance of the Holocaust, Górecki himself said that it was an evocation of the ties between mother and child. Here’s … Continue reading

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Someone Like You

I’m looking forward to the release of Adele’s next album “21” on the 24th January. That young woman has talent. Here she is singing one of the songs from the forthcoming album.

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