Stereo

So I’ve been futzing with my living room stereo setup lately after getting new speakers, and things look a bit too… stacked?

So I thought I’d at least slim down the box the stereo is sitting on:

That’s an Ikea box, and it’s too wide and too high and too deep. Inside that box is a bunch of electronics, so I have to have… something… but perhaps not that big of a something?

So today the new Montana box arrived, and I got started disassembling the stereo (and stuff), which I was not looking forward to. Something always stops working when touching equipment that’s been just sitting there for half a decade.

And the main problem, this time, was with the DA/AD matrix mixer I use for distributing music (on different sound levels) to the various rooms: The RME Hammerfell DSP Multiface II *phew*. At first it didn’t work… but then it worked… and then it didn’t work… and then the computer says that it works but no sound comes out of it…

It turns out that if I touch the 1394a cable (aka six pin Firewire, which is what the RME PCI Express card uses to communicate with the box (but it speaks a proprietary protocol, not Firewire)) in a certain spot, it loses connection. So it seems like the cable is faulty, somehow, and I don’t have any other 1394a cables (just four pin cables).

But if I leave it just… so… I’m now getting music again, after a hellish two hours of silence.

Oh the humanity.

See? That’s… totally… different… from what it was before…

Totally… worth… it…

But at least this one rolls on castor wheels, so I can poke at the cables more easily when I need to.

So there! Worth it!

November Music

Music I’ve bought in November.

I’ve been buying all the usual nonsense this month, but I’ve particularly been delving into the output of Broklyn Beats (yes, one O), a label that was active in the early noughts. They concentrated on what some people at the time called “brokebeat”: Harsh, annoying music you can’t dance to. For instance, here’s Toecutter:

Man, that album is the most annoying thing I’ve heard ever! And I’ve heard all the annoying albums! I challenge anybody to program while listening to this album! Kudos!

But I didn’t know that Broklyn Beats also did this charming packaging stuff:

See? It’s a mesh thing stapled into a kind of sleeve.

And inside, there is what looks like a hand-screen-printed paper sleeve. (And a CD-R.)

I love it.

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jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Susumu+Yokota&album=Cloud+Hidden jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Stereolab&album=Cobra+and+Phases+Group+Play+Voltage+in+the+Milky+Night+(1) jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Stereolab&album=Cobra+and+Phases+Group+Play+Voltage+in+the+Milky+Night+(2) jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Matana+Roberts&album=Coin+Coin+Chapter+Four%3A+Memphis jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Minimal+Compact&album=Creation+is+Perfect
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Pet+Shop+Boys&album=Dreamland jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Fort+Romeau&album=Dweller+on+the+Threshold jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Erion&album=Erion jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Games&album=Everything+is+Working jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Nico&album=Fata+Morgana
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Kreidler&album=Flood jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Juana+Molina&album=Forfun jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Front+242&album=Geography jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Scout+Niblett&album=I+Conjure+Series jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=The+Residents&album=I+am+a+Resident!+(1)
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=The+Residents&album=I+am+a+Resident!+(2) jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Split&album=Jason+Forrest%2C+End jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Mark+Kozelek+with+Petra+Haden&album=Joey+Always+Smiled jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Siouxsie+and+the+Banshees&album=Join+Hands jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Kevin+Ayers%2C+John+Cale%2C+Eno%2C+Nico&album=June+1%2C+1974
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Criterion&album=La+Ciudad jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Patty+Waters&album=Live jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Bottleskup+Flenkenkenmike&album=Looks+Like+Velvet%2C+Smells+Like+Pee jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Doily&album=Mattress+of+the+Universe jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=The+Iceburn+Collective&album=Meditavolutions
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jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Criterion&album=Root+Canal jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Various&album=SHAPE+Platform+2019 jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Yukihiro+Takahashi&album=Saravah! jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=End&album=Science-Fiction jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Massive+Attack&album=Singles+90-98+(1)%3A+Daydreaming
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jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Oliver+Cherer&album=Sir+Ollife+Leigh+%26+Other+Ghosts+%2B+A+Millying+%26+Mor+EP jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Split&album=Songs%3A+Ohia%2C+Scout+Niblett jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Lightning+Bolt&album=Sonic+Citadel jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=David+Bowie&album=Storytellers jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Demdike+Stare&album=Symbiosis
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Tom+Robinson+Band&album=The+Anthology+1977-1979+(1) jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Tom+Robinson+Band&album=The+Anthology+1977-1979+(2) jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Tom+Robinson+Band&album=The+Anthology+1977-1979+(3) jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Siouxsie+and+the+Banshees&album=The+Scream jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Thee+Oh+Sees&album=Thee+Hounds+of+Foggy+Nation
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Toecutter&album=Toecutter jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=The+Ex&album=Turn jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Hugo+Largo&album=Turtle+Song jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Big+Thief&album=Two+Hands jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Stephen+Mallinder&album=Um+Dada
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Scout+Niblett&album=Whoever+Your+Are+Now jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Ved+Buens+Ende...&album=Written+in+Waters jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=The+Police&album=Zenyatt%C3%A0+Mondatta

October Music

Music I’ve bought in October.

I’ve been buying a lot of stuff this month, eh? It’s mostly along two lines in inquiry: Is everything Ze Records published in the late 70s/early 80s fun? The answer is yes, but not everything is good.

But some is!

The other is: There has to be more good music I haven’t heard from the 60s, so I got everything in the top 20 here that I didn’t have before.

Most surprising thing: The Stooges are kinda nice. Least surprising: Bob Dylan is kinda eh.

Most random thing of the month:

Formula by Old. That’s an awesome album.

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jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Afrodeutsche&album=Break+Before+Make jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=The+Contortions&album=Buy jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Fly+Pan+Am&album=C'est+%C3%A7a jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Portishead&album=Chase+the+Tear jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Peter+Zummo&album=Deep+Drive
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Cristina&album=Disco+Clone jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Stereolab&album=Dots+And+Loops+(1) jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Stereolab&album=Dots+And+Loops+(2) jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Suicide&album=Dream+Baby+Dream jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Telefon+Tel+Aviv&album=Dreams+Are+Not+Enough
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Nettle&album=El+Resplandor%3A+The+Shining+in+Dubai jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Stereolab&album=Emperor+Tomato+Ketchup+(1) jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Stereolab&album=Emperor+Tomato+Ketchup+(2) jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=The+Declining+Winter&album=Endless+Scenery jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Boris&album=Evol
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Nettle&album=Firecamp+Stories+Remixes jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Mia+Doi+Todd&album=Floresta jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Kokoko!&album=Fongola jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Old&album=Formula jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Portishead&album=Glory+Times+(1)
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jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Sevdaliza&album=ISON jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Miles+Davis&album=In+A+Silent+Way jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Casino+Music&album=Jungle+Love jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Kokoko!&album=Kokoko! jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Bernard+Grancher+featuring+Laetitia+Sadier&album=L'immod%C3%A9r%C3%A9+bien-%C3%AAtre+de+l'imb%C3%A9cile
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=The+Rolling+Stones&album=Let+It+Bleed jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=James+Brown&album=Live+at+the+Apollo+Expanded+Edition jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Tuxedomoon&album=Live+in+London+(1982) jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Boris&album=Love jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Sweeney&album=Middle+Ages
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=In+Slaughter+Natives+%26+Deutsch+Nepal&album=Mort+Aux+Vaches jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Don+Joyce&album=Mort+Aux+Vaches jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Contrastate&album=Mort+Aux+Vaches jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Jorge+Reyes&album=Mort+aux+Vaches jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=James+White+and+the+Blacks&album=Off+White
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Maria+%26+The+Mirrors&album=Omar jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Portishead&album=Only+You jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Portishead&album=Over+2 jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Massive+Attack+v+Mad+Professor&album=Part+II jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=A+Tribe+Called+Quest&album=People's+Instinctive+Travels+And+The+Paths+Of+Rhythm
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Lizzy+Mercier+Descloux&album=Press+Color jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Panoptique+Electrical&album=Quiet+Ecology jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Move+D+%26+Pete+Namlook&album=Reissued+001 jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Gang+Gang+Dance&album=Revival+of+the+Shittest jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Orbital&album=Satan+Live+(1)
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Orbital&album=Satan+Live+(3) jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Vangelis&album=See+You+Later jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Renaldo+and+the+Loaf&album=Songs+for+Swinging+Larvae+%26+Songs+from+the+Surgery jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Laurie+Anderson%2C+Tenzin+Choegyal%2C+Jesse+Paris+Smith&album=Songs+from+the+Bardo jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Leonard+Cohen&album=Songs+of+Leonard+Cohen
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Aural+Exciters&album=Spooks+in+Space jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Jungle+Brothers&album=Straight+Out+The+Jungle+(1) jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Jungle+Brothers&album=Straight+Out+The+Jungle+(2) jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Julie+Tippetts&album=Sunset+Glow jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Wil+Bolton&album=Surface+Reflections
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jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=The+Raincoats&album=The+Raincoats jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Orbital&album=The+Saint jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=The+Stooges&album=The+Stooges jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Various&album=The+Wire+Tapper+51 jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Yes&album=The+Yes+Album
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Bush+Tetras&album=There's+a+Hum jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Nettle&album=Unciviliz jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=The+Notwist&album=Your+Choice+Live+Series jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Tangerine+Dream&album=Zeit+(1) jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Tangerine+Dream&album=Zeit+(2)

July Music

Music I’ve bought in July.

And I went to Barcelona and saw a Joe Jackson concert (great) and went to Sónar (fun). I need to buy some stuff from some of the peeps I saw there… like… er… uhm… Oh, yes! Afrodeutsche was great. Very German. (You know, like To Rococo Rot and… Pole? Yeah.) And… Faka? And Catnapp.

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jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=DJ+Nigga+Fox&album=Cranio jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=David+Bowie&album=DJ jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Laurel+Halo&album=DJ+Kicks jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Test+Dept&album=Disturbance jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Phew&album=Five+Finger+Discount
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Joe+Jackson&album=Fool jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Holger+Czukay%2C+Jah+Wobble%2C+Jaki+Liebezeit&album=Full+Circle jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Thee+Oh+Sees&album=Grave+Blockers jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Blue+Iverson&album=Hotep jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Sidsel+Endresen%2C+Jan+Bang&album=Hum
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Tujiko+Noriko&album=Kuro+(OST) jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Skadedyr&album=Musikk! jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=The+Raincoats&album=Odyshape jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=King+Crimson&album=On+(and+off)+The+Road+(1)%3A+Discipline jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=King+Crimson&album=On+(and+off)+The+Road+(2)%3A+Live+in+Japan
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Holly+Herndon&album=PROTO jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Rafael+Anton+Irisarri&album=Solastalgia jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Various&album=Sonora+1-90 jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Black+Midi&album=Talking+Heads jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=David+Allred&album=The+Cell
jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Coil&album=The+Gay+Man's+Guide+To+Safe+Sex+%2B+2 jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Various&album=The+Wire+Tapper+50+(1) jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Various&album=The+Wire+Tapper+50+(2) jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Various&album=The+World+Of+Keith+Haring+(1) jukebox.php?image=micro.png&group=Various&album=The+World+Of+Keith+Haring+(2)
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Crimson

I’m not a King Crimson fanatic, but I really love the three albums with Adrian Belew from the early 80s (the ones all Crimson fans hate). And it turns out that Fripp is re-releasing the entire oeuvre in a ridiculously lavish fashion.

It’s like 20 discs per “era”. It’s ludicrous! I love it!

So I got the Discipline/Beat/Perfect Pair set:

It’s 19 discs! It’s CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays! It’s total overkill! It’s endless Crimson! It’s the best! Yay!