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New records, February 2013

Bought through Discogs.com: Dodecahedron – “Dodecahedron” (Yeah I found the vinyl at last. Mine is # 104/250.) Lord Mantis – “Pervertor” (Black vinyl version) From David of Battle of the Future Buddhas (whom I now owe a couple of beers): Various – “The Oldest Story” Various – “Gates of Unknown” Comments Super few this month as I’m anticipating a shitty February salary and a bunch of stuff didn’t arrive here until... Read More

New records, January 2013

Music purchases that came into my possession in January 2013: From Sound Pollution (physical store): Hetroertzen – “Exaltation Of Wisdom – Through Light Towards Chaos” Dodecahedron – “Dodecahedron” Teitanblood – “Woven Black Arteries” From Juno: Deepbass – “Interstellar EP” Diamond Version ‎– “EP2″ Etnica – “Live In Athens 1996″ Giorgio Gigli/Cassegrain/Baryta/Staffan Linzatti –... Read More

Best new music of 2012

I generally don’t write these kinds of lists because a) there’s bound to be a bazillion great releases from this year that I haven’t heard yet, and b) of all the stuff I have heard I’m sure I have yet to fully appreciate some of it and I’ll probably very soon grow tired of some of the ones that sounded excellent the two times I listened to them. So in reality it would be much better to let everything settle and make this a 2011 list, but I’m... Read More

Techno mix set: Sky Abyss

// < ![CDATA[ audiojs.events.ready(function() { var as = audiojs.createAll(); }); // ]]> As a follow-up to my last post in September, I’ve FINALLY managed to record a mix with this type of techno. I’m planning a few more, but seeing how long these take maybe you shouldn’t count on it. Anyway, enjoy these 2 hours of dark, gloomy techno for winter nights. Play/listen above or download here (221MB).  Read More

This is my music, part 2: Hypnotic techno from Italy & beyond

Techno—the proper stuff and not the sugar-coated, insultingly tasteless drivel that every now and then seeps into the mainstream—is a rather faceless type of music, so this post will not have a single hero artist representing the genre. It is utilitarian music, primarily made for DJ’s and to be heard in the context of more techno, carefully selected and mixed to create a coherent aesthetic theme, since tracks seldom come to their full right on their own. It is music... Read More

You all need more Nicholas Szczepanik in your lives

Holy shit that name is hard to spell. Anyway, I’ve listened to his blissed out drone ambience (and noise) for a couple of years now, and his split with Celer totally hit the spot for me today. I’m enjoying this through headphones while I work and the glacial progression creates a zen-like focus bubble around my mind, free of distractions. You can listen to some of the tracks on his SoundCloud page, and here are two of them: I’ll get back to the “this... Read More

This is my music, part 1: Cosmic synth trips by Lunar Miasma

I know update this blog with olympic frequency, but now I have this idea for a series of posts that might actually motivate me to generate some worthwhile content. The idea is I’ll pick a genre I listen to and an artist to represent it, and then present a few key recordings and tell you why you need to hear them. We’ll start this exercise with Greek synth shaman Panos Alexiadis, a.k.a. Lunar Miasma. The first thing you’ll notice if you trawl the Lunar Miasma... Read More

Stereophile Weiss DAC202 review now online

The review I discussed in my previous post is now available online here. There’s another recent DAC202 review by Nicholas Bedworth for Positive Feedback with lots of very good technical information, but whose subjective conclusions I found a bit weird and littered with a bit of unfortunate mumbo jumbo. He claims to get better sound when bypassing the units internal clocking which goes against all my own experience, the Stereophile measurements and Daniel Weiss’ own... Read More

Stereophile reviews Weiss DAC202

This post is borderline obnoxiously self-congratulatory, so apologies for that. It’s been a while since I updated you on the progress of my hi-fi journey. In short, I bought the Weiss DAC202 this summer, after concluding that adding it to my Pass INT-150 amplifier gave a more satisfying sound than replacing both with a Devialet D-Premier. I’m very very happy with my purchase and whenever I listen through another digital source I’m struck by how flat and unenthusiastic... Read More

What I’ve learnt from a year in the gym

Here’s a post not concerning music or hifi equipment. If you only care about those topics, you’re done now. Physical health should concern everyone though, and while this is just me rambling about my own experiences, I hope some of you might find it interesting. Like a lot of people I have a rich history of shamefully neglected gym memberships and broken new years resolutions. I’ve never been properly fat — the worst shape I’ve ever been in was when I... Read More