[Video]: a tour of the Ortofon factory

This was part of Ortofon’s celebration of the Company’s recent 100th Anniversary. From Analog Planet: “Danish engineers, Axel Petersen (1887-1971) and Arnold Poulsen (1889-1952) founded the the Electrical Phono Film Company on October 9th, 1918 to develop synchronized sound systems for motion pictures. In 1948 Ortofon developed the first moving coil cartridge, though the late […]

Rea and Lawson in Fableland

This 1979 album is an orchestral interpretation of Aesop’s Fable by Ed Welch, featuring the London Symphony Orchestra and several famed rock musicians. It’s near mint condition, cost me NZ$1, and Discogs value it at NZ$75-90.

Right here, right now

“In 1959, in their musical revue At the Drop of a Hat, the British musical-comedy team of Flanders and Swann sang their “Song of Reproduction.” It’s not about sex. The song mocks audiophiles (you thought this was something recent?) for how we spend “all of that money to get the exact effect of an orchestra […]

Is live music really better than recording playback?

Not straightforward to answer, since live rock or pop may be too loud with poor acoustics, and nothing like an orchestral performance in a concert hall which may be more like a recording (of a performance). Many recordings are ‘sound sculptures’ not live performances. Then there’s the acoustics of the listening room. I nearly always […]