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May 2008

Sleepyhead Stereo

May 24, 2008 11:49


This is my new stereo recording microphone. It consists of two very small electrets in brass tubes, held in place by clothespegs, and separated by a sleeping pillow, by way of Jecklin disc. I'm going to make a real disc some day.
And this is how it sounds.
Jim Miller's remark, in one of the discussion threads, prompted me to use omnidirectional mics instead of the cardioid ones I had been using. Apart from having more noise than a conventional condenser mic, the electrets are OK. The pillow is my own invention.

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Sarabanda, improved

May 5, 2008 08:31

We have Old Dutch roof tiles (leaky), Dutch roof tiles, improved (less leaky), and Dutch roof tiles, improved again (don't leak).
Here is a second (well, umpteenth) take of the Bach Sarabanda; I hope it is less leaky than the first.
I am full of admiration for people who can do this for real!

Why do I do this? Not recording per se, but posting the recordings? Leaving the more perverted reasons aside, I believe there is a kind of honesty involved: you people should have an opportunity to know how much salt to take with my opinions -- quite a lot. And I would like to share the joy that I can play an imperfect Bach again!
Leonard Cohen put it beautifully:

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

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The moving target

May 1, 2008 08:30

A month ago I picked up the Sarabande from BWV 1004 again. On first playing, it went sort of OK. So, let's practice it a while, and see what becomes of it.
It gets more difficult by the day, that's what. I'll let you hear it.
Update: upload succeeded.
Second update: clip deleted.

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