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The Dreaming
The Dreaming
Price: £23.81

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can you do such an album today?, 15 Nov. 2005
This review is from: The Dreaming (Audio CD)
"The Dreaming" is what it is - a dream! It is also a musical explosion, a complete extroversion of Kate Bush after her first three albums. Nothing could have warned you against it, certainly not "Lionheart" og "The Kick Inside".
Kate is dreaming her life. Someone is trying to touch her for the first time. She dream that she is part of the gang ("There Goes A Tenner"), that she is the girlfriend of a spy or a lone aircraft warrior ("Night Of The Swallow"). She could be the lover / assistant of Houdini ("Houdini") or she dream that she is dying ("All The Love").
But someone is tocuhing her, and she is frighten in a most delightfull way ("Get Out Of My House"). This is first, burning hot love, uncontrollable, explosive, scary. Nobody, nobody has sung like this before - she is screaming her heart out, and I swear, I was completely thrown up against the wall!
And she is ready, after all! "Leave It Open" says so - she is longing in an almost improper way. This is sex, ready to unfold for the man she wants / don't want.
Seen in retrospective, the record is a turning point for Kate Bush. There is now absolutely no return back to the innocense that was portrayed in for example "The Man With The Child In His Eyes" from The Kick Inside. Kate has becomes a full-grown woman now - not a girl anymore - and the following albums continues this growth.
Can you do such an album today?
I don't think so!


2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful album, 14 Nov. 2005
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This review is from: Aerial (Audio CD)
Some twelve years has passed and the music in the world has changed as well. But at some place in England, the time seems to walk a slower pace than other places. Kate Bush has returned, bringing an album with a sound that is not too far away from "The Red Shoes".
I think that there is only one hit-number on this album, and you propably have heard it already. It is the first track: "King of the Mountain", a tip o' the hat to Elvis Presley. It is bound to be played on air, and can even go into a club as an easy dance part. Very good produced, very prof, and here it sounds like the old Kate from her last album.
But this is NOT what this album is about. It is divided into two CD's, 7 tracks on the first CD, 9 on the other - a total of 80 minuttes of playtime. And from track two - the strange number "Pi", where Kate is singing about 110 decimals of the trancendent number - and the rest of the album, Kate is entangeling us into the world of the mid-age, mellow and dreaming woman.
I am so impressed by her voice! She must have planned the album for more than a year, for there is no flutter in the voice at all. She knows that her voice cannot enter the falsetto tones anymore, but she doesn't need that. At some point the tune is a tiny bit lower than the melody - we are talking about a 32 of a tone - and it seems intentional! At another point, she is singing the voice of a blackbird, and the jubilant thrill is a joy!
If you want to hear the nasal voice of the classical Kate Bush, you'll find it on the track "Bertie", a song to her boychild. That song is ordinary in the text, but the melody is a renaissance paraphrase, and the combination lift it. It is perhaps the weakest song on the album, however it openly demonstrates that Kate is a mother.
The perhaps strangest song on the first CD is the 4th track, "Mrs. Bartolozzi" - a song of washing, but much more. There is a sense of loss in the song, perhaps this is the memory of Kate's late mother?
I would like to stress that the second CD - the second part of the album - is a long journey. From the outside, it is the travel from afternoon to the dreaming night. But I think of it as much more. Perhaps you can interprete it as Kate's expected journey from mid-age woman to old and at last, to the end -death. In some ways, Kate has always flirted with death on her albums, be it Houdini or drowning. Here, I think, we are dealing with the expected old-age lingering out. If so, what a journey! The last track, "Aerial" is the absolutely best of the album, with a Kate laughing-singing so that the angles must bow in respect.
You may need to listen to the album more than once, before it really catches you. But it will, eventually. Because, you see, this is Kate Bush!

Supervolcano [DVD] [2005]
Supervolcano [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Michael Riley
Price: £4.82

24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good science, but a "BOOH!" movie, 5 April 2005
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This review is from: Supervolcano [DVD] [2005] (DVD)
The DVD is divided into 4 parts, two movie parts (a mini-serial of 2 parts) and two extras, detailing the science behind the movie. When you get the DVD, don't start at the movie - but look first at the extras and see the science part. THAT is value for money. You'll get a good load of science facts that are solid (I have checked some of them) and the presentation is nice, if you do not mind to watch the same movie-clip of melting magma again and again...
Then the movie: The acting is OK, in the sense that it is a typical class B catastrophic movie. The script seems to have been written by an English person (not American), so the pathetic scenes are omitted, thank you very much!
Still, the movie part is "thin" and is only trying to illustrate the science by shouting "BOOH! - It's coming!!".
The premises for the movie is that there is a HotSpot beneath Yellowstone Park and that this eventually will explode into a Super Erruption. If it comes to that, so be it - but we do not know when it will happen, as it may happen "tomorrow or next year - or maybe 100 years from now" - yeah, and maybe 10.000 years from now. Fact is, we don't know, and thus we shouldn't care. The movie (and to some degree the science parts) will very much like to scare me by saying "ah, but it may happen tomorrow" (we're all gonna die!).
Actually, the movie does not even open up for the full effect of a Super Eruption. It completely ignores that the changes may start a full-blown Ice Age, that the sulphic fumes may kill many more people that the pyroclastic ash and that also Europe will be affected (sea-levels and all that).
... But the movie is not bad, when you compare to the normal standard of disaster movies like "Burning inferno" or "Day after Tomorrow" - and that is mainly because the science is sound.
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Rainbow in Curved Air / Poppy
Rainbow in Curved Air / Poppy
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Price: £8.12

18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-listen vintage electronica, 5 April 2005
I first heard "Rainbow" in a radiocast around 1973. Second time was 6 years later, at school. And third time was in 1987, also in a radiocast. Now I have bought the CD.
The morale of this small story is that the music is something that is not heard often, but that it for some shapes the future. It was the first electronic piece that I know that I have heard (excluding "popcorn") and it was a direct inspirator for listening in to some even more advanced pieces of music.
I call the music ambient - and that is true, as the music is flowing and intonating with a form but without a solid theme. "Rainbow" is not trance music, but more demanding.
I also call the music daring, referring to the point in time where it arrived. And then again - it was all so psykodelic then. Perhaps it was daring for us, not wanting to listen exclusively to Manfred Mann or Beatles. Well...
The music is classical electronica. It should be a must-listen.

Audition 1.5 Windows
Audition 1.5 Windows

14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should have been 6 stars..., 17 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Audition 1.5 Windows (CD-ROM)
About 18 months ago, Adobe acquired the company Syntrillion and bought in effect one of the best sound editing software products ever, the shareware product "CoolEdit". I had bought the version of CoolEdit 2000 with all awailable plugins and was troubled by the news that Adobe now owned the lot, and what was worse, had removed the nifty homepage wherefrom hints and other goodies could be found.
Although the version 1.0 came out, I did not bother upgrading - why should I, when CoolEdit was working for me? But seeing now that version 1.5 was released I decided to upgrade from CoolEdit to this version.
The upgrade came with a box with a double CD, holding software and a bunch of effects and loops - and a DVD with training material. Adobe sees the Audition as part of their video / multimedia package, so on the DVD you will find training tours for Adobe's other products. I, however, do not own those so I am mainly interrested in the Audition-part.
Installation: Smooth as silk! After accepting the license code the software installed itself nicely and then opened up a demo multitrack session with 8 stereo tracks. If you can hear this, your systems is properly OK! It actually looked like it was using some of the settings from my installation of CoolEdit, although I cannot be sure. Nice!
Everything well-known to CoolEdit users are where it should be. My mouse found its way with no problems to the things I normally know so well. The colors are different and the screen layout is filled with some more information, so that a 15" monitor is not quite OK anymore, and you should make sure that the resolution is as good as you can get it.
A very good thing is the ability to handle video! Although I do not use any Adobe products for videohandling, I just dragged & dropped an MPEG or an AVI-movie into the multitrack window and presto: The system extracted the audio and video tracks and placed them into tracks of their own, making it very easy to edit the sound for a video. Notice, that this is not a video-editing software, but a sound editing system, so the video stuff is limited.
And I am also impressed by the speed of the product. It seems that Adobe has put a great deal of effort into performance optimization. Very good!
It should be noted that the requirement of the product are modest, by todays standard. The system used approximately 270 MB RAM and only (when working heavily) some 40% of my CPU (running at 2GHz). That is not much, meaning that the response is swift and inviting.
I have not tryed out the VST and ReWired engine and all the other new goodies, that is around, but I'll look forward to a happy holliday to do that.
Oh, yes: And Adobe's homepage for the product includes a lot from the old Syntrillon home page, so I can't be disappointed at all...
Strongly recommendable!!

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2 Disc Edition) [2004] [DVD]
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2 Disc Edition) [2004] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Daniel Radcliffe
Price: £5.74

5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A movie in two paces, 25 Nov. 2004
All HP readers know that the books are getting more complicated (and thicker) and more nastier. As the movies cannot afford to grow in length to embrace the books, the director simply has to cut out scenes that HP fans naturally loves. Which scenes to leave is up to the directors judgement of the story.
So this leave us with a HP-movie in two paces: The looong introduction that simply just touches the surface of the Hogwarts schoolyear and then the brilliant ending, that really is about how relative things are.
I think that the first part of the story - up to the point of the execution of Buckbeak - is told a bit too fast. OK, we now know the characters (most of them), but I feel it irritating that we do not reflect more on Prof. Lupin and Prof. Trewlaney - after all, readers know from coming books that these characters have more in them. We lack the tension between Prof. Snape and Prof. Lupin, and we do not see quite how silly Prof. Trewlaney is - and in effect, how dramatic her prophecy then is.
But the rest of the movie is of the highest quality and my feeling is that this is where Hermione is stealing the show. Emma Watson is doing such a great job - all the kids are! - that the grown up actors really has to do their best. The time-travel scene is the most convincing that I have seen ever - due to the splendid acting by Emma Watson and Dan Radcliffe.
The choice of colors in the movie is very good, the choice of landscape perhaps not too good - it provides some good shots of steep slopes, but it adds to the impression that the first part is too fast told. A comic relief with a bird and the Womping Willow is fun the first time - but unfortunately, it is repeated. Only tell a joke one time...
But the final impression is that the actors are performing at their best - and it is nice to see the growing relations between the kids in terms of love, anger, dependency and trust.

Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice (Crescendo Book)
Music Notation: A Manual of Modern Practice (Crescendo Book)
by Gardner Read
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.96

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A marvel of a book!, 4 Aug. 2004
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Not having a formal or proper education in music can make it difficult to read music that is just a bit more advanced than lesson-one stuff. Writing your own music down is even worse, as you struggle to express the music.
Which is what this book is about: It has - I dare say! - all the music notational information you will need to have, collected in a way that is both interresting and inspiring. If you want to know how to score for the timpani's, for a harp, for cymbals - if you want to write a cluster in the avantgarde way - or if you just cannot remember how to organize the rythm instruments or write a cleff - THIS is the book.
Here is a wealth of information, clearly and exact directed against each instrument from the classical orchestra to the modern jazz and rythmical groups. Limits and playing style is discussed, in order for you as composer to be able to express the music - and also in order for you as player to understand what in the world the strange symbols actually means.
If I should point at just one thing to make better, that would be a more extensive index. You can find what you are looking for, but it can be better. Other that that, the book is so good!

Holidays In Europe
Holidays In Europe
Price: £9.29

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like avantgarde..., 9 Jun. 2004
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This review is from: Holidays In Europe (Audio CD)
On Iceland they have volcanos and sometimes these are put on records! This album features what could be called a new-wave punk band, but that is in fact narrowing it quite a bit. The punk-style is the violent performance, and the new-wave is the musicallity (not just two tones), but the originallity is it self.
Most people that buy this album presumeably does so because Björk is singing (wailing / shouting / crying) in the band. She, however, is fully matched by the other performers in the group, especially Einar - but I also like the heavy drums and the adept use of electronics (the recording is from 1984-85). Wow!
My favorite is "Just by the book", but the album is not straightforward, and you may like another track - just be prepared for some violent musical explosions as you go...

No Roots
No Roots
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Price: £6.98

12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit too concept-full, 9 Jun. 2004
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This review is from: No Roots (Audio CD)
Faithless is well-known for their mixture of modern rythms (I haven't quite found out whether it is house or dance) that they produce so slick that it really cannot be done much better. Sister Bliss' musicallity is fantastic and creates tapestries and walls of music where the voice and words from Maxi Jazz are arranged like pearls, glittering and demanding.
What brings out the joy in me is "Massdestruction" where the video on the CD is splendid and the music good ol'e Faithless. That number is outstanding and although it is close to "Insomnia" in its trance recitation that is Maxi Jazz at his best.
Sadly the rest of the CD is hit by a CONCEPT: The group has chosen to play all the numbers in the same key (C) and although this does make it easier for DJ's to inmix other tracks it brings the music to a bit of a stillstand. Too ambient, you could say. The worst is though that Maxi Jazz is stepping to the background in many tracks and is letting the soft-voiced LSK do the job. No, I don't like that - give me back the REAL Jazz and his insisting voice.
But I must still surrender: I like Faithless so much that I will recommend this album to you - but remember, it is more conceptual that the previous.

The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time and the Texture of Reality (Allen Lane Science)
The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time and the Texture of Reality (Allen Lane Science)
by Brian Greene
Edition: Hardcover

18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be prepared to be challenged, 16 April 2004
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Overall impression: It is a challenge to read this book, especially if you are not completely up-to-date with your physics. Mind you, the challenge is sound and good - its not a bad experience, far from it!
It gives me a good feeling to read a book that is dealing with very complex matter but written by one of the "hot" scientists in the field. The book is complex because the science that it wants to detail for us is very complex - but the presentation is made available for the intelligent reader. It is very clear that the author really knows the stuff inside-out and he is generally very good in presenting it.
I have only a few complaints, where the most grave is this: The illustrations are horrible! It is clear that they have been prepared on a computer (with colors) and then reduced in size, and printed in grayscale. They are very difficult to comprehend because details drown in the bad rendering. The publisher should have advised against using colored backgrounds!
The second complaint has to do with the extensive footnote / backnote system. It really breaks the reading rythm to flip to the back of the book up to 30 times per chapter. I would suggest a better editing here, to reduce the flipping around. The damn thing is that the backnotes are really interresting and could easily be placed in the text.
Because of these two irritations I can only give the book 4 stars - it really demands 5, but the editing should have been better.

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