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« Reply #2880 on: Dec 22nd, 2013, 12:12am »

on Dec 21st, 2013, 10:52pm, Schrottrocker wrote:
I had a band gig today. The band gig was cool but it was something else that really saved my day:

As I own no car one of my bandmates, our bassist, picked me up and brought me back. Manfred sold his car and is currently using his parents' car, which is 15 years old and has only a tape cassette player plus radio installed - no CD player, no USB plug, and none of us has one of these tape cassette adaptors to connect something.

So I grabbed two random cassettes from my collection. I hadn't played any of my cassettes for ages. Well, those I took happened to be: Joe Walsh "But seriously, folks" + Genesis "Selling England by the pound" and Steely Dan "Aja" + Donald Fagen "The Nightfly". Four albums that were years ago copied from my dad's vinyl collection so I would have them too, now with a layer of dust...

Long story short, it was just blissful. We played Joe Walsh and Genesis on the way to the gig and Steely Dan and Donald Fagen on the way back. Even though each of us knows these albums inside out, listening to them this way was just so different: the tapes didn't start with song 1 right from the beginning; they hadn't been rewinded so you were bang in the middle of things. As the cassettes had to be inserted sideways like it used to be common in car tape decks I didn't even know which one of the respective two albums would come up - kind of the vintage version of shuffle mode! grin The recordings weren't digtal remasters or new improved digital remasters or brand new crystal sharp digital remasters - they were original vinyls from the 70s copied to tape, meaning they had zero dynamic compression plus tape hissing. In short, we blasted them loud as can and they never did our ears in. You could turn the volume up and still turn up and still turn up and there was still so much sound left.

And finally the music itself. God, how fantastic is that stuff?! I've known these songs for nearly my whole life and they are still so stunning... The combination of all this, the good old music with the good old sound plus the old way to play it from cassettes, it was like a flash back into the time of our lives for both Manfred and me.

Really, I'm not preaching that everything used to be better or analogue kicks digital or you should add artificial vinyl crackling to your MP3s or anything like that. It was just so weird to see how different experiencing music is depending what way you consume it, it is crazy. By any means it made us enjoy music we love as if we were hearing it for the first time, or: now I remember why I love that stuff so much... wink


I can relate to this, great post. cool
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« Reply #2881 on: Dec 22nd, 2013, 04:45am »

Discussions about microwave ovens. smiley
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« Reply #2882 on: Dec 22nd, 2013, 05:20am »

To win 20 euros in the Christmas lottery .. grin
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« Reply #2883 on: Dec 23rd, 2013, 06:54am »

Really nice personal messages from members of this forum. smiley
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« Reply #2884 on: Dec 24th, 2013, 05:32am »

Receiving a Hysteria live at The Eden Project MP4 video from the Muse website. smiley
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« Reply #2885 on: Dec 27th, 2013, 12:55pm »

Alaskan King Crab Legs. smiley
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« Reply #2886 on: Dec 27th, 2013, 1:50pm »

Awesome family news that I'm under oath not to tell anybody yet so I'm bursting at the seams, but figured I could post something cryptic here. grin
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« Reply #2887 on: Dec 27th, 2013, 3:31pm »

on Dec 27th, 2013, 1:50pm, Lily wrote:
Awesome family news that I'm under oath not to tell anybody yet so I'm bursting at the seams, but figured I could post something cryptic here. grin



Auntie Lily? grin

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« Reply #2888 on: Dec 27th, 2013, 4:27pm »

on Dec 27th, 2013, 3:31pm, ericm wrote:
Auntie Lily? grin

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Great Aunty Lily perhaps! grin
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« Reply #2889 on: Dec 28th, 2013, 12:41am »

on Dec 27th, 2013, 4:27pm, Lily wrote:
Great Aunty Lily perhaps! grin



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« Reply #2890 on: Dec 28th, 2013, 06:39am »

The subwoofer of my new laptop speakers. Amazing what it does to a track like "The Steppes" by Steve Hackett. cool
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« Reply #2891 on: Dec 29th, 2013, 07:29am »

Custard cream biscuits. smiley
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« Reply #2892 on: Jan 6th, 2014, 1:52pm »

A new series of "Great British Railway Journeys" with Michael Portillo. smiley
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« Reply #2893 on: Jan 7th, 2014, 10:39am »

Working out a way of playing "God if I Saw Her Now" by Ant on the ukulele! grin (Though I haven't worked out the instrumental section yet!)

Much better than revision.
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« Reply #2894 on: Jan 7th, 2014, 11:13am »

I just submitted my first essay of the year. 3,000 words. smiley
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