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Dust

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  1. I have a reverse destruction story. When I was in my early teens, I found an old valve radio at the tip, plugged it in and it wouldn't work. I removed all of the covers and bits which protected me to try and see what the problem was (with it still plugged in!) and managed to get thrown across the room with a large jolt and blow the fuse to all of the power points in the house. For some reason, after that, the radio worked faultlessly for years afterwards - no other attention required.
  2. Thanks emesbee - I'll just put it down to a temperamental old computer I think. Cheers, John
  3. OK - cancel that. I've had another go with EAC and it has copied faultlessly. I don't know what went wrong before (or right just now) but it's all done. (Bad luck Jason ) cheers, John
  4. Thanks Jason Truth be known, it won't bother me too much except for the fact that its the only CD in about 500 which I can't rip and that's getting to me a bit. Cheers, John
  5. Hi All, I have one last CD in my collection which I can't rip (The Coors, Borrowed Heaven). It seems to have been pressed in those golden days where the music companies decided to try and stop you from any copying. On the back it says: "This disc incorporates copy control technology to prevent it from being digitally copied and may not be compatible with all playback devices" True to form, EAC doesn't seem to be able to do anything with it. I'm ripping to Flac - does anyone have any ideas how (or if) I can do this relatively simply? Thanks in advance, John
  6. Hi All, I came across this at lunchtime - I thought you might be interested. cheers, John
  7. Dust

    Classical Music Suggestions

    Hi Myki, I'm a bit late to the forum but I thought I would put in my $0.02. Firstly I better warn you - it can be a slippery slope - I started off listening to a bit of classical (much like you, starting with lively big orchestral pieces with plenty of percussion) and have moved through several stages of addiction to now where I am craving historically informed performances of baroque music - Trevor Pinnock is my new hero! For big, lively and maybe a even a bit angry music, I would point you to the Russian composers. Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture as mentioned is a great start, especially if you get a version with real cannons and great dynamic range (these CDs come with warnings on them about speaker damage). Beethoven's 'odd' symphonies (5,7,9) are also worth a listen. However, the thing that got me in was the shorter pieces of music such as nocturnes, polonaises and concertos. I find that whole symphonies are pretty hard to get familiar with and shorter pieces make this easier. Think of long pieces like symphonies as obscure concept albums from early day prog rock bands - only people dedicated to the band who are able to piece together the songs in the album to form a story after listening to it many many times are going to truly appreciate them (as a Pink Floyd afficionado, that's how I came to view classical music). It's much easier to be familiar with a single song rather than a complex obscure album. If you want to start decoupling the instruments and appreciating the musicality of separate instruments (which was my mistake) then something like Chopin's Nocturnes (especially Opus 9 number 2) and concertos from a range of composers (a couple of my favourites are Mozarts concerto for flute and harp and Bach's harpsichord concertos). I like concertos because they are relatively short (usually 10-20 minutes) and even this is divided into 3 parts, with the first part usually quite lively, so I find it quite easy to get to know and like a concerto by firstly listening to the first part - if you don't like it after a couple of listens, you can move on. If you want to do the same thing with more instruments, look for the concerto grossos (which feature more than one instrument as the feature instrument). I've rabbited on a bit and my advice probably makes it clear to those classically trained that I'm a newbie in this field with pretty sparse knowledge but I thought these few points might help. cheers, John
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    Dust!

    Hey Catman - I think its a rural thing and a big enough problem for it to be my username! Having your components behind glass cabinets works OK (but probably not with equipment that produces a lot of heat) although when it is time to dust it is a real pain. I have a bad habit of letting it accumulate too much. Cheers, John
  9. Hi All, Saw this article and thought you might be interested. http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2013/oct/17/daft-punk-random-access-memories-vinyl-digital Cheers, John
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    the 9th ,played by dolls

    Thanks Colin, great viewing. By all accounts, theramins are pretty hard to play - maybe they can sound better en masse when the imperfections cancel each other out? Cheers, John
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    Too Loud, all sounds the same?

    Here's a SMH version - a little more fleshed out. cheers, John
  12. Dust

    The voice

    I'm actually with you Orph. Down to 2 now - we'll see what mainstream Aus thinks very soon.
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    The voice

    I haven't been wathing a lot of this but I turned the TV on last night and when I saw Darren singing his original piece I thought he sounded a lot like Joe Jackson (in a good way) - as a matter of fact, I thought the similarities were quite striking. Cheers, John
  14. Hi Luc, Yes, its in the latest firmware update - just completed it and the kids are currently watching 'Origins of us'. I've got the live stream model (version 3?) which tells you when there is an update available. WDTV seem to have a confusing array of models and I'm not sure which this will work on. First impression is that it is a bit clunky (there's a lot of stuff on iView and navigating through it with the WDTV remote is not particularly easy). I need to figure out what Slingbox is - its another addition to this software update. Cheers, John
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