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Enoch Light and the Light Brigade - Future Sound Shock

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Quadraphonic is something of a tantalizing mystery to me. I have in my collection several quad recordings but have never heard any in their proper 4-channel format, nor any quad recordings for that matter. My copy of Future Sound Shock is actually in stereo but that isn’t neither here nor there since it was converted to stereo MP3 for your listening pleasure.

I’ve always kind of felt that quadraphonic was just a product of a marketing hype machine during the 70’s in an effort to sell more gear. This album is a perfect example of that hype machine operating on all four turbocharged cylinders.

Have any of you heard a proper quadraphonic setup? Has my whole life as an advocate of stereophonic superiority been a sham? This album’s gatefold does its best to make me think so. Take a read of the following and see what I mean.

This record is available in both quadraphonic and stereo versions (this rip is from a stereo version). The quadraphonic version is compatible and will play on standard stereo equipment.

The following short review highlights the development of techniques in the recording studio.

The art of recording has made tremendous progress in the past 25 years. With the introduction of tape it became possible to produce much finer recordings, both in the quality of the sound as well as in the performance level. With tape, the producer could edit and delete errors in the performance and substitute from another “take”, a perfect performance of almost any particular musical selection. With tape, it became possible for both the producer and the performer to listen to the playbacks immediately during the recording session and thus judge whether the overall performance, the musical balance, the dynamics, the tempi, etc. achieve high standards of perfection. Shortly after the introduction of tape into the recording studio producers became aware of the needed for multi-microphone pick-ups so that they could place the different section of the orchestra as well as the individual soloists on individual and different types of sympathetic microphones and could consequently achieve a more satisfying sound and balance of the instruments. This improved sound and balance, contributed greatly to the vitality of the lifelike authenticity of the performance.

With the advent of stereo, approximately 15 years ago, further improvements in the recording field became possible. This was due to the possibility of separating soloists as well as musical sections, both in the studio sessions and also in the mixing of the master recording. Stereo affected not on y the balance of the individual instruments and orchestral sections but also influenced the concept of the orchestra. Arrangers began to think in terms of stereo and the great potential made possible by this new technical breakthrough started to happen (huh?).

During the past two or three years quadraphonic recording has been developed and it really opens up a completely new world of sound. By carefully planning the arrangement concept and by recording on 8, or 16, or 24 tracks, the musical effectiveness reaches a new high standard. Quadraphonic recording makes it possible to create a wrap-around sound ambiance and at the same time to pinpoint solo passages. In creating this musical ambiance, the beautiful contribution of 4-channel or quadraphonic recording is that the producer does not have to sacrifice any musical definition or excitement, and instead of just enveloping the listener in musical sound per se, he can envelop the listener in musical sound containing musical statements which have a definitive individuality and are warmly balanced in the total musical concept. The result is a most complete and satisfying listening experience. Actually, it is the first time the audience really hears the orchestra in the way as the conductor has been hearing the orchestra since the beginning of musical “time”.

At Project 3, we started to work with 4 channel concepts in 1963. We received a call from a research man at General Electric, who paid us a visit and told us about his concept of 4 channel recording. We worked together in the studio and finally, after many weeks of trial and error, produced a 4 channel or quadraphonic reel-to-reel tape. Unfortunately, this man, Dr. Lloyd Ryan, passed away shortly after we enjoyed this cooperative endeavor. After his demise, the whole project lay dormant for approximately seven years. Three years ago, we began, once again, to work with 4 channel concepts, and at the present time have available approximately 40 albums as 4 channel recordings, 4 channel cartridges and 4 channel reel-to-reel tape.

The wonderful and amazing thing about 4 channel sound is that once you allow yourself to really enjoy a good 4 channel recording, you will find it to be the most exciting and completely satisfying musical experience of your lifetime.

In this new album, FUTURE SOUND SHOCK, we have tried to achieve an overall exciting musical content with explores the potential of quadraphonic 4 channel recording. In order to help us do this we have used many instruments which produce highly unique sounds, such as regular sitar, bass sitar, finger cymbals, conga drums, bongos, vibraphones, cow bells, flues, piccolos, shakers, mirambas, vibraslap, English horn, flugal horn, alto flute, oboe, etc. These unusual instruments, use in solo context as well as in combination with other instruments, gave us an opportunity to “point up” the individual channels, and by using them in combination with the other instruments to create and ambiance which achieves a highly colored and dramatic musical impact. The songs were selected because most of them have achieved a great popular success and are also highly individualistic in their musical composition. The recording was done under the most modern studio conditions and involved many of the greatest popular musicians, as well as outstanding engineering talents.

We do hope that this recording will interest and intrigue you, and provide many enjoyable listening sessions.

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Caravan was used as a sample on Bonobo’s “Flutter” Check it out.

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Tracklist

A1  St. Thomas! Everybody! 3:19
A2  Cute 3:16
A3  Recado Bossa Nova 3:11
A4  Caravan 3:30
A5  Pick Yourself Up 3:09
B1  Perdido 3:09
B2  Samba De Orfeu 2:26
B3  Give Joy To The World 3:42
B4  One Note Samba 2:27
B5  Baubles, Bangles & Beads 2:43
B6  The Girl From Ipanema 3:20

jethro tull songs from the wood vinyl flac

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Here’s the first of a foray into lossless FLAC conversion. Unlike previous 320 kbps conversions, nothing has been manipulated after the initial recording; no digital pop & click removal removal, no equalization, no nothing. If you’re lucky you might catch a spot where a piece of fuzz gets caught under the needle. It’s about as close to the actual vinyl as you’ll get.

Take a listen and make sure to post your comments. This album has a rich diversity of instruments, which should display FLAC’s increased musical capabilities. I hope you enjoy.

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Part 2

Part 3

Let me bring you all things refined:

Galliards and lute songs served in chilling ale.

Greetings, well-met fellow, hail!

I am the wind to fill your sail.

I am the cross to take your nail:

A singer of these ageless times–

With kitchen prose, and gutter rhymes.

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I love Halloween but always wait until the last minute to figure out my costume. In the past few years I’ve been a piecemeal Walker Texas Ranger, an abridged version of The Dance Commander (twice), a shadowy representation your mom, and–when my locks flowed like the mighty Mississippi–a shoddy Andrew W.K.

This year the problem remains the same–what to be, what to be.

Maybe a Steve Jobs zombie? But then the decision becomes which Steve Jobs to reanimate.

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Uncle Steve Zombie?

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or is it….

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Evil Steve Zombie?

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or maybe even….

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Prep Hipster Steve Zombie, complete with Apple belt buckle-wearing Zombie Woz?

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I just can’t decide!

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>>>Click here to download Halloween Sound to Make You Shiver on MP3

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>>Also check out Disney’s take on Halloween Sound Effects here

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Tracklist

A A Night In A Haunted House 15:02
B1 Witch Laugh 0:27
B2 Count Dracula And His Victim 0:26
B3 Screams 0:24
B4 Screams & Groans 0:31
B5 Moans & Groans 0:45
B6 Cats 0:46
B7 Dogs 0:39
B8 Banging Shutter 0:59
B9 Phantom Piano 2:03
B10 Creaky Door 0:18
B11 Breaking Windows 0:01
B12 Thunder 1:53
B13 Wind 2:47
B14 Frankenstein’s Monster Breaks Loose 1:11
B15 Hooting Owl 0:21

Indian Love Call, vinyl, record, mp3, 320 kbps

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I wish more than anything that Slim Whitman was my grandpa. His mustache, while somewhat sinister to the untrained eye, would have been a constant source of comfort. The scent of sun-heated Brylcreem would evoke memories of neighborhood baseball games. The feel of rough nylon garnering flashbacks of sweet Slim hugs.

Imagine a visit to Grandpa Slim’s house, if you will. You’re 7-years-old and visiting Grandpa Slim’s plantation house during an early summer in rural northern Florida, just far enough from the swamps and their pesky mosquitos but still clear from the ruckus of the interstate. It’s been a while since you’ve seen Grandpa because he’s been on an extended tour in England. They love him in England, almost as much as you do. Your ma says that’s where the Queen lives in her castle.

The morning starts with Grandpa Slim gently waking you by softly yodeling the intro to “Indian Love Call”. Him and Gramawmaw Rose Marie always refer to you as their little Geronimo, their little blue-eyed chief. Your room at the plantation is set up with cowboy and indian wallpaper, leather-tinted shag carpet, and a bunk bed that’s built to look like a trail-tested Conestoga wagon. The closet if full of white jeans and heavily embroidered, pearl-buttoned shirts.

The day starts as any other day would with Grandpa and Gramawmaw. Honey-cured bacon, jumbo eggs sunnyside up, buttermilk biscuits, grits with salted butter n’ sugar, white toast with blackberry jam, and buckwheat pancakes with pecan maple syrup that’s all washed down with a big, cold glass of whole milk. A growing boy needs a hearty breakfast to see him through a big day and there aren’t many days bigger than Founder’s Day. You’re gonna need energy if you’re going to win the potato sack race this year.

Grandpa Slim opens the Founder’s Day celebration with the most heavenly rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” the South’s ever heard. Even the town’s general store owner and self-proclaimed Jefferson Davis historian Jacob Pearson was seen wiping a tear from the corner of his eye. Yes, this year’s festivities are just going to be magical. You can just feel it.

As with every year the day starts out with the Daughters Of The Confederacy’s Annual Swamp Sunflower Pageant. There’s no prizes or ribbons given for the most beautiful Swamp Sunflower because competition is unbecoming of a southern belle.  However, Gramawmaw Rose Marie assures you that if there did happen to be a judge on hand her batch of swamp sunflowers would give Miss Annabelle Johnson’s wilted abominations a thorough shellacking.

Pageant is followed shortly by Troop 334’s Soapbox Derby Race down Cutler Hill. You watch on with cripping jealousy as the older kids race at breakneck speeds down the county’s biggest incline. A boy from Grant Intermediate wins first place and you watch with hungry eyes as he’s presented with a trophy that’s almost as tall as you. Grandpa Slim musses your hair and gives you a wink. “Don’t worry, Geronimo. That’ll be you before you know it, as sure as I’m standing here. Your grandpa’s got some old racing tricks up his sleeve. Yes sir, some real whoppers.”

The hole left in your gut from watching some punk kid take your rightful trophy is soon filled by lunchtime’s smorgasbord of Southern cuisine. Hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled pork, brisket, fried chicken, and bar-b-que ribs serve as the stage up on which corned pudding, oyster stuffing, green bean casserole, sweet potato souffle, and coleslaw dance into your quickly ballooning belly. Just as your intestines are about to bust a seam, Gramawmaw Rose Marie sets a heaping plate of banana fosters and apple pie in front of your widening eyes. These delicacies soon disappear down a baby-tooth lined hatch, followed shortly tidal wave of Royal Crown Cola.

After lunch you listen to a little guitar strumming, courtesy of Grandpa Slim. “It aids with the digestives,” he says. Grandpa Slim lays down a  hoppin’ little diddy, left-handed on his six-string acoustic. The missing fingers on his left hand, the fingers that  (according to your Uncle Billy) got cut off turning a steer into a cheeseburger, always freak you out a little bit, but in a good way way. He’s like Frankenstein a little bit and Frankenstein’s pretty cool.

A little digestion is just what you needed because, after all, who wants to run in the Founder’s Day potato sack race with a full tummy? Last year’s second place finish was truly heartbreaking because that cheater Jimmy Willard used a Yukon Gold potato sack. Rules state only Idaho potato bags are allowed in the competition, everyone knows that. But when you cried foul Jimmy had already switched out bags. You don’t know how he did it without the judges seeing but he did. The sly little grin he poured down on you from from his advantageous position on the podium will be forever burned in your memory.

This year, though, Jimmy won’t be a problem because Jimmy’s dead. He took an unfortunate fall off of the big slide down at Seminole Park at the end of last summer. Only thing is, nobody knows Jimmy took that spill, nobody except you and Grandpa Slim. After you pushed him as he summited the slide’s last step, something you did with that sly little grin blinding your better judgment, Grandpa Slim had been there to clean up the mess.

With the same shovel he used to dig the concrete foundation for your basketball hoop, Grandpa Slim to buried Jiimmy Willard beneath the big oak that supports your treehouse. It’s Grandpa Slim’s and your little secret. Now, every time you go out to play secret agent in the treehouse you say you’re “going out to play with Jimmy,” and you and Grandpa Slim always have a good laugh.

With Jimmy now feeding that big oak you’re sure to win the potato sack race. Cheaters never really win, Grandpa Slim always says.

He really is the best Grandpa in the whole wide world!

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Tracklist

A1 Indian Love Call
A2 Ramblin’ Rose
A3 My Happiness
A4 Room Full Of Roses
A5 Blue Eyes Cryin’ In The Rain
A6 When My Blue Moon Turns Gold Again
A7 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
A8 There Goes My Everything
A9 My Heart Cries For You
A10 Let Me Call You Sweetheart
B1 Rose Marie
B2 Vaya Con Dios
B3 Roses Are Red
B4 Somewhere My Love
B5 I Love You Because
B6 Una Paloma Blanca
B7 I Can’t Stop Loving You
B8 Sail Along Silvery Moon
B9 You Belong To My Heart
B10 Red River Valley

"Be-In" "Central Park" New Hope, Pennsylvania 1969 Hippies LSD Marijuana Marihuana

The awesome album cover copy on the Environments discs never ceases to amaze me. It’s always unintentionally serious and hilarious at the same time. You can check out another one posted on Rebuilt Tranny here and here.

The following copy is from the back of the album cover for volume three.

Side 1

Be-In (A Psychoacoustic Experience)

Sheep Meadow, Central Park, New York City

April 6, 1969

34 minutes, 17 seconds

Before the terrible fire. Details below.

The 1969 Easter Be-In in New York’s Central Park has come to be regarded as a sort of high-water mark for the new almost vanished Love Generation.

The tremendously diverse crowd kept growing and gathering momentum until almost everyone marveled at this spontaneous “thing” that had taken place in the park.

This Be-In was certainly not the biggest gathering of young people to take place in 1969. However, there are many things that happened during this recording that make it a rare, magical moment.

The recording captures with honesty and total realism this particular instant in time which in retrospect seems more than a bit unreal.

Be-In  is the real experience of running barefoot in the grass on a beautiful spring day, surrounded by thousands of half-innocents exhibiting little, if any, trace of paranoia or guilt.

If you were ever at a massive, totally spontaneous gathering in 1969, we think you know the feeling we mean.

This particular disc is unlike anything you’ve heard before; we call it a “psychoacoustic” experience”. It recreates an event with such realism that it actually seems to be happening again. We think that once you experience the total immersion of this encounter, you’ll agree with us that Be-In is something special.

The following video is an example of a rare, magical moment at Central Park in 1969.

Side Two

Dusk at New Hope, Pennsylvania

August, 1970

36 minutes, 51 seconds

PA

Imagine a warm summer night deep in the verdant backwoods in Eastern Pennsylvania.

An infinity of sound stretching out before you. The steady, yet constantly changing drone of countless tiny insects, reminding you of the serenity and timelessness of nature. For in the distance, a hound occasionally barks.

You feel as if you are a thousand miles from the annoyances of city life.

If you can imagine such a night, you pretty much know what our recording of Dusk at New Hope is like.

This highly realistic stereo sound took almost a year of location work and patient testing to perfect. In its present form, it is a perfect compliment [sic] to other natural sound recordings in this series.

In an urban setting, we think you’ll be amazed by the profound changes that take place when you play the disc as a background sound. Many people find that the sounds of night in the country are second to none in creating a setting for increased interpersonal relationships.

Dusk at New Hope can be left on for very long periods of time without inducing fatigue or boredom. Once you become familiar with the sound, we are certain that you will find many new uses for the effect.

How do you make more crickets?

Bonus copy excerpts from the album gatefold.

Be-In

Later in the day, there would be rock throwing and confrontations with the small contingent of policemen nearby, and a terrible moment when a nude dancer leaped into a roaring bonfire, but for this moment in time, frozen on a real of magnetic tape, everyone seems together and happy.

Dusk at New Hope

A little known fact about field crickets is that it is possible to determine the ambient temperature of their surroundings to a fairly accurate degree by simply counting the number of chirps in a fifteen-second period and adding forty. Thus, we have deduced that the temperature at the time of the recording was approximately 65 degrees Fahrenheit. This formula works quite well for field crickets between the temperature range of 55 degrees and 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Above and below these temperatures the cricket no longer sings.

 

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