Thursday, June 10, 2021

Buy don't rent...

Playlist
Various Composers - Bach Sons
Sombre Reptiles - Paraphernalia
Sombre Reptiles - A Kiss and a Smile
Sombre Reptiles - Souvenirs of Pop
Sombre Reptiles - World of Fire
Sombre Reptiles - State of the Art I & II
Sombre Reptiles - French Leave
DDHR - Possibility Soundtracks Vol 2
Sombre Reptiles - River in August [EP]
DDHR - Possibility Soundtracks Vol 2
Sombre Reptiles - Terra Nostra
Sombre Reptiles - Poppies
Sombre Reptiles - Smalltalk
Sombre Reptiles - Heavenview
Sombre Reptiles - Sombre Reptiles 1980-1989

Up, blurry eyed...


Another lovely day in prospect...


Sun streaming in...


...and brightness behind the curtains...


But no going out for me...


The beast was stuck WFH...


...but only post breakfast...


Very busy ay despite being locked out of my system and having to work on my phone...

Anne, in the afternoon, was out and about...

On her return though, she cooked a lovely Keralan Curry...


And the squirrel enjoyed its tea too...






Most of my listening today was the remainder of Frank Meier's picks of my recordings fro 1980 to 1989...

The sending of the WAV files to Germany commenced today and will continue tomorrow...

Also today, a comment from someone on Twitter who has bought my music, re his listening habits there of (i.e. it is on his device and he plays it there rather than streaming on Bandcamp), got me thinking re my music and how I can or cannot judge its being played-ness...

If people buy rather than stream, big business has no way of knowing what they're listening to. No data to mine or sell. Just them, listening to something they own, rather than renting...

Which means I don't know either...

...until, that is, they Tweet and advise how much they're enjoying it - which is the best feedback...

Lights out...

Highlight of the Day : Anne's curry...

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

A year or so to go...

Playlist
David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes (Single)
Capital Models - 2021-06-06
Honegger - String Quartets 1-3 (Erato Quartet)
Rosamunde Quartett München - Franz Schubert, Karl Goldmark : String Quartets
DDHR - Possibility Soundtracks Vol 2
DDHR - 12
DDHR - Deceptive Conception
Sombre Reptiles - Love/War/Travel/Etc
Sombre Reptiles - The Value of Games
DDHR - Treatment and Design
Sombre Reptiles - Pictures From a Magazine
Sombre Reptiles - For You
Sombre Reptiles - The Second Set
Sombre Reptiles - The White White Black
DDHR & Keith Apter - Possibility Soundtracks
Sombre Reptiles - Palace of Truth
Sombre Reptiles - Paraphernalia

Another day...

Here we go...


Filing remains to be done...


The cat is gradually filling up with money again, though we haven't yet deposited the last content, removed a couple of months a go now...


First thing, a wee bit work on "Ashes to Ashes"...


...and listening back again to Sunday...

Breakfast...


...followed by a frustrating day of working on my phone as I was locked out of my system re WFH...

Cheered though by the arrival of these wee beauties...



..and by an e-mail received from Vinyl on Demand Records' head honcho, Frank Meier, with his long list selection of tracks from which the final content of two double LPs to be included in a 12LP box set, will be chosen...

I compiled an initial playlist and started listening - a trip down memory lane, starting 41 years ago...


Lunch was enjoyed with a "Better Call Saul"...

Outside, there was much racket from a wee squirrel clinging to the wall and shouting about something, which remained invisible to me...





Finally, I accessed my system to WFH and finished just after six to enjoy Anne's Spaghetti Bolognese and another "Better Call Saul" - into season two..


Later this evening, another e-mail from Frank, with the final, late period, choices, ending up with a playlist of just under 100 pieces, lasting eight and a quarter hours - 2 double LPs will probably contain 2 hours forty minutes so there's some whittling to be done...


Here are the cassettes involved...


Now I need to send him the WAV files and he'll have them all mastered and there'll be further listening back sessions to make the final choices...

It seems it will be another year at least until the box is released...


...by which time, it'll be three years since Frank first contacted me asking if he could do this...

So, a year or so to go...

But I certainly don't mind...

Ended the day with just one more "Better Call Saul"...

Highlight of the Day : LP project progress...


Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Funk to funky...

Playlist
Brodsky Quartet - Brubeck Stravinsky Weill
Efterklang - Parades
Various - Domino 05 - A Snapshot From 2005 Domino Ten-Day
Lee Morgan - Live at the Lighthouse
Various - The Blues Vol 1
Spock's Beard - V
Medeski Martin & Wood - The Dropper
Lou Reed - Ecstasy
The Czars - Before... But Longer
Radiohead - Kid A
Alice Cooper - Brutal Planet
Stockhausen, Andersen, Héral, Rypdal - Karta
Udo Lindenberg - Der Exzessor
Richard Shindell - Somewhere Near Paterson
Laura Pausini - Tra Te e Il Mare
The Flower Kings - Space Revolver
Coldplay - Parachutes
Dio - Magica
Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump
Jean-Michel Jarre - Metamorphoses
King Crimson - The ConstruKction Of Light
Explosions in the Sky - How Strange, Innocence
Allan Holdsworth - The Sixteen Men Of Tain
Sparks - Balls
Dar Williams - The Green World
Françoise Hardy - Clair Obscur
The Cure - Bloodflowers
Eels - Daisies Of The Galaxy
Transatlantic - Transatlantic (SMPTe)
Chad Wackerman - Scream
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven
David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes (Single)

Up just after six and a busy day...


...soundtracked mostly by the year 2000...

But, first, breakfast...


Later, Anne was off out for a long, leisurely lunch with sister Jane today at a Spanish restaurant, trying their best to make up for the fact that the two of them ought to have been in Malaga this week on a well-earned holiday...

Left to my own devices, a veggie burger was the order of the day lunchwise...


...along with a very tasty new discovery, 0% fat Skyr yoghurt...

Yum...

No real tea tonight re over indulgence during the day and more "Better Call Saul", "Holby City" - which is to end next March (while, for some reason, "Casualty" continues) - and a documentary on Scotland's last major tournament finals in France in 1998 were all enjoyed...

Ended the day working on three reasonably new additions to the Capital Models repertoire, "Heroes", "The Number One Song in Heaven" and "Ashes to Ashes", painstakingly working out what notes were played in particular parts of the original arrangements...

That was it I think - it was only last night, I ought to be able to remember...

Highlight of the Day : Veggie burger...and yoghurt...

Monday, June 07, 2021

If you order, they shall come...

Playlist
Capital Models - 2021-06-06
Capital Models - 2014-02-27
Capital Models - 2014-03-12
Capital Models - 2019-11-02
Capital Models - Live at Club Nitty Gritty
Emperor Quartet - Beamish & Beethoven: String Quartets
Brodsky Quartet - Brubeck Stravinsky Weill
Bonga - O Melhor De Bonga
Various Composers - Black Composers Series 1974-1978
Bach, C P E - C P E Bach Edition
Various Composers - Fromm Music Foundation : Twentieth Century Composers Series

Another Monday...


Listening back to yesterday's recordings and then off to the dentist...

Took a few pics in the back garden on my way to the car...












Picked up a croissant for Anne's breakfast on the way back...

She had to go to her mum's to wait for a telephone engineer, supposedly arriving by 1...

At 10 past 2 she was finally advised the engineer had been there at 10am and the work had been carried out but outside the building...

What an utter waste of Anne's time...

Capital Models soundtracked my day till mid afternoon - including the audience recording of our gig back in January 2020, just before the pandemic...

Happy days...

The postie brought these two recently ordered gems..


...and they too were enjoyed...


I attempted to update the new www.cripycat.co.uk website on my own, without webmeister Craig...

I didn't even realise these pages were on it...





Of course I kind of botched up what I was trying to do - it's a steep learning curve...

In the evening, post baked potatoes, some "Better Call Saul" and these albums in the back room (plus some CPE Bach) entertained...



It's what a sunny evening in June is for...

Highlight of the Day : New quartets...