Mr. A. E. Thomas

Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (58 of 62)
Location: London UK
Birthday: 9 Aug


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,394,333 - Total Helpful Votes: 58 of 62
Akai Synthstation25 25 Key Piano Keyboard for iPho&hellip by Akai
5.0 out of 5 stars Gadget heaven, 9 April 2012
I never thought I'd use this phrase but.... "It does what it says on the tin!". A portable, velocity sensitive 25 key mini-keyboard which (with the appropriate software App downloaded) turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a music studio. With modulation and pitch wheels, octave up/ down buttons, programme up/ down buttons and selection buttons for synth 1,2,3 and drums (these integrate with the software).

The keyboard is very playable, there is a headphone jack, RCA left and right outputs, volume control and a power switch. Works with batteries or an AC adaptor. Dedicated software App "Synthstation" available for 1.49 last time I looked. Also works with non-Akai software,… Read more
The Photos ~ Photos
The Photos ~ Photos
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photographic memories, 1 Oct 2007
I first picked up this album soon after its release in 1980. I had never actually heard any of the band's music, but I was intrigued by their contemporary description as "the poor man's Blondie" - and I liked the cover! It wasn't long before I was buying up their back catalogue of singles and jumping up and down in a sweating mass of bodies at the next available Photos gig at Bristol Polytechnic.

This album is choc(olate) full of blistering melodic pop songs driven by rhythmn section Olly Harrison (drums) and Dave Sparrow (grinding Rickenbacker bass) - with the underrated Steve Eagles on pre-Edge guitar mysteryonics and minx Wendy Wu on voice/ adolescent fantasy.

This… Read more
2001: A Space Odyssey [1968] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Keir Dullea
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Flights Of Man, 13 Nov 2006
An extra-terrestrial intelligence plants black monoliths on Earth, on the Moon and at the edge of the solar system in order to monitor man's evolutionary and technological progress. As apes learn to use tools, develop into Homo Sapiens and ultimately travel into space the monoliths signal these key stages of development back to their makers. Mankind's production of artificial intelligence and the "man vs machine" battle of wits with HAL creates the sense that mankind is never in control of its own destiny but rather, like a child, always "at the edge" of its capabilities and struggling to learn and grow. The film ends with the super-intelligent, super-developed God-like extra-terrestial… Read more

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