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Half-Life
Half-Life
Price: £11.45

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a computer game, 27 May 2013
This review is from: Half-Life (Audio CD)
The Eden House return with Half-life and it has been some while since Smoke And Mirrors and 2012's Timeflows EP. I get concerned when bands use a variety of vocalists and have 'star' guitarists. I don't care who plays guitar as long as it sounds good. In a modern world this albums greatness is also its downfall. People dip in and out of albums whereas Half-life is an album to listen to from start to finish. There is no real single but beautiful atmospheric guitar driven rock that The Eden House do well. On the whole they have done a good job at providing a coherent release even with many vocalists. I love the tracks Bad Men and outstanding City of Goodbyes which on its own is worth buying the CD. I'd give it 4.5 out of 5. It's traditional musical territory for the band and a little more experimentalism it would have achieved 5.
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Stick Control: For the Snare Drummer
Stick Control: For the Snare Drummer
by George Lawrence Stone
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Boring ?, 24 May 2013
It's hard with a nice full drum kit in front of you to think about doing a little stick control. Especially when you are young and all those lovely drums look so inviting! Yet, as an older learner I can appreciate to become a better player you need to learn rudiments, stick control and independence. Stick Control: For the Snare Drummer now has a new cover from the rather boring grey one and has dropped the marching drummer. However it's the same book with the first pages on single beat combinations.

It looks boring, sounds boring but it is not one of the top 25 drumming books for no reason. The reason why it works is that you could spend a lifetime on page one alone.

Try, the left, right combinations in 8ths 16ths, vary the tempo, then do the same with your feet L + R either on a double pedal or base and hi-hat, then add ride on beat 1 and 3. The possibilities are endless. Speed them up and you will get some new grooves and it will help your independence tremendously.

There is something here from beginner to accomplished drummer - my tutor who been playing the drums for 30+ years still picks up this book and goes through a few of the exercises.


Pleasure Principle Live
Pleasure Principle Live

5.0 out of 5 stars It was a pleasure, 22 May 2013
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This review is from: Pleasure Principle Live (Audio CD)
I must agree with the second reviewer!

The Pleasure Principle Live is a faithful recreation of the studio album and was not suppose to be a recreation of 'The Touring Principle' shows of '79 and '80. The show was the first time Mr Numan had played whole 'The Pleasure Principle' album from start to finish.

As for the digital synths (if they all are as I'm only have the CD) they do a very good at getting very close to the original sound and the overall sound it not tinny.


Recover - EP
Recover - EP
Price: £1.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Synth Pop, 22 April 2013
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This review is from: Recover - EP (MP3 Download)
If you did not manage to get a copy of the limited edition 12” WRD release of Recover then this download will fill the gap. The trio of Lauren Mayberry, Martin Dohery, and Ian Cooks formed in Glasgow during 2011. Recover is a nice piece of synth pop, good melody, nice bass, synth lines and Mayberry’s wonderful vocals. Doherty leads vocals on “ZVVL” and unfortunately he does not have the same presence as Mayberry and really the guys should consign themselves to backing vocals. This could be Chvrches downfall if all three members see themselves as lead vocalists. I say leave the vocals to the woman – she does a better job! The first remix of Revover is rather good, the 80’s Remx rather less so – sounds like recover sped up. Overall a better release than their debut ‘The mother we share’ and worth a download.


The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Hugo Weaving
Offered by Bargain Games UK
Price: £5.75

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Hobbiting Along, 22 April 2013
Tolkien fans I'm sure will love Peter Jackson's adaptation of The Hobbbit and there is much to admire. The lush scenery wonderfully shoot yet we are not watching a National Geographic DVD! As for the main storey it's not too original like most fantasy adventures, something happens - many years later a band of outcasts have to go on a trip (which normally involves different means of transport, meeting of a few friends and enemies, mountains and forests).

However, the films main problem is not all the above but the slow pace in many parts of the film. After the start, in the middle, and close to the end you will find it hard to keep awake. The film being 169 minutes is about 70 minutes too long. This maybe due the fact that Tolkien's Hobbitt is rather a short book but Mr Jackson (for commercial reasons) decided to add a load of extras to make a box set of films. Which know doubt will be re-packaged with Lord of the Rings to make a super collectors edition.

You sit through not a lot happening only the find at the end of 169 minutes our group of outcasts have not even made it to their destination. That's in the next film! There are also a few things that just don't make sense - why do mountain rocks want to have a fight? Why right here, right now? Really who cares? In a few parts the CGI looks well CGI.

The Hobbit could have been a great film instead we have a stodgy pudding - promising a great taste but a bit too over indulgent. Mr Jackson needs to learn a lesson that sometimes less can be more.


Room 78
Room 78
Price: £13.81

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Industrial at its gloomy best!, 25 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Room 78 (Audio CD)
It has taken four long years for Slovakian duo Disharmony to release Room 78. What you get is 12 tracks of industrial waste soundscapes. Like all Disharmony releases it's a mixture of instrumentals and tracks with Lord Sauron's vocals that are pretty much unchanged over the years. Razor sharp like his been munching on a few of them. Room 78 brings added piano, guitar on a couple of tracks, and added 2012 production.

Out of all the Industrial bands around today Disharmony have never found the need to reinvent themselves maybe because they create virtual simulations that everyone who enjoys electronic music can understand. Forget Skinny Puppy, FLA, as Disharmony stand out as one of the best industrial acts of all time and are still making music that inspires. Buy this today!


Off The Record: Limited Gatefold Edition [VINYL]
Off The Record: Limited Gatefold Edition [VINYL]

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Wait, 19 Mar. 2013
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Professional music critics are giving Herr Karl's new release Off the Record a bit of a grilling saying it's a `pleasant indulgence but no masterpiece'. There maybe a little truth in this as there is nothing ground breaking.

Yet `Off the Record' was never supposed to be ground breaking as its not old ideas created with new sounds and digital technology. The starting blocks are old cassette tapes, reel to reel, 2.5" sampler discs, midi files, sounds from Arp's, Moogs, Poly Moogs, drum machines and the very first computer technology. As they say `What comes around, goes around' look at this year's NAMM and the major attraction was not some all signing digital workstation but a monophonic, all analogue, Korg MS20 mini synth. So it is hard to write of `Off the Record' completely as some piece of historical music.

What you get is 12 tracks (although really 10 tracks) of interesting music combined with normal and robotic vocals. Interestingly Herr Karl only ever contributed vocals to one Kraftwerk track on the album Electric Café.

Standout tracks are `Atomium', the sequence of `The Binary Code' which leads into the wonderful `Musica Ex Machina'. There are a couple of slower tracks at the start of side 2 (if you buy the vinyl) before the more experimental sounding `Vox Humana' followed by `Rythmus' very Computer World sounding. The album really ends there as track 11 is 6 seconds of silence before `Hausmusik'. According to Herr Karl it does not really fit the album but for personal reasons he wanted to present it here.

This review is for the limited edition vinyl which I would recommend as it contains a 16 page booklet explaining the concepts, instruments and where it all fits into the recording of Kraftwerk material. The lyrics are also presented as are some nice pictures. Each vinyl is numbered (1 to 1000) as a limited edition and you get the CD so you can import into itunes if you want to go digital.

`Off the Record' is an album that needs to be listened to from start to finish. Herr Karl is not out to gain a new army of fans. If you like Kraftwerk or you enjoy 80's electronic pop music or have an interest in the sounds of ARP's and Moog synthesisers this is a must have.
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Siig NN-E20012-S2 - SIIG 2 Port Firewire PCI-E
Siig NN-E20012-S2 - SIIG 2 Port Firewire PCI-E

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little more expensive, 7 Feb. 2013
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Firewire is out of fashion and most new PC's are supplied without such ports which means you are going to need a Firewire card. You would think all Firewire cards were all the same but they are not! All to do with chipsets. If you are going to run an external audio card (such as Focusrite) then you will need something like the SIIG Firewire card as cheaper cards do not be detected.

The card is easy to install (although confusingly comes with a power cable that is not needed for modern PC's) and my audio card was up and running in a few minutes. No install of software. Great little card.


Music Box Opera -Ltd-
Music Box Opera -Ltd-
Price: £15.03

4.0 out of 5 stars A Welcome Return, 13 Jan. 2013
This review is from: Music Box Opera -Ltd- (Audio CD)
Delerium have their up and downs but Music Box Opera is a welcome return and overall a good release. The outstanding track however has to be Kristy Thirsk's Sky (Tears from Heaven). Sonically haunting, sad and beautiful.


Electronic Music and Sound Design - Theory and Practice with Max/MSP - volume 1
Electronic Music and Sound Design - Theory and Practice with Max/MSP - volume 1
by Maurizio Giri
Edition: Paperback
Price: £35.72

5.0 out of 5 stars The one and only, 24 Dec. 2012
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If you want to buy a book on learning max/msp then this is the book. The book teaches the theory of digital sound design then shows you how to put these into practice by using max/msp. The book was release in 2010 at Max 5 but is fine for Max 6 and MaxforLive. Volume 2 on effects will be released in 2013.


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