Watch George Martin cruise through L.A. to talk ‘God Only Knows’ with Brian Wilson

The Los Angeles Times: There sits the late George Martin, behind the wheel of a vintage Cadillac convertible, cruising through Los Angeles and talking about the city’s import as a studio town. In the clip, taken from the 1997 BBC documentary “The Rhythm of Life,” Martin’s got a destination in mind as he rolls down […]

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THE CADOGAN HALL: Rebecca Stewart the brains behind the series of Free Concerts

Tony Andrews writes: With Out To Lunch at Cadogan Hall 2017 thrilling the regulars earlier this year and hopefully lots of newcomers too, it seems appropriate to allow you all to meet Rebecca Stewart the brains behind the series of Free Concerts. Rebecca, Thank you for taking the time out from your busy schedule to […]

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How To Become A Recording Engineer – Tips & Techniques

“Do you want to engineer top acts in top studios? Are you prepared to devote your entire life to music recording? In this new series, David Mellor explains how you can become a professional music recording engineer. This is the first article in a four-part series. Read Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4. Project studio equipment is becoming ever more […]

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RAY MANZAEREK: On Acid, Ghosts and Jim Morrison’s Death – by Stephen Daultrey

The late Ray Manzarek of ‘The Doors’ fame speaks to Stephen Daultrey along side his band member Robbie Krieger on paranormal life in England and ‘this supernatural world’. Back in 2010, I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing two of my musical heroes – Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger of The Doors – in […]

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The Art Of Becoming A Jazz Musician: An Interview With Toshiko Akiyoshi:

Since 1956, when she first appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival, Toshiko Akiyoshi has been a significant force in the jazz world, both as pianist and composer. She was the first woman to win DownBeat magazine’s Best Arranger/Composer poll category. The New York Times called her “perhaps the most physically articulate conductor since Duke Ellington.” […]

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ECM: In search of free jazz and free expression

Manfred Eicher discusses his genre-defying label ECM, home of Keith Jarrett, Arvo Pärt and priceless recordings of free jazz greats. On 9 July Manfred Eicher will be 70. He does not look his age, more like an amiable ascetic with a tidy moustache, medium-length grey hair, dressed in a shirt and jeans. Not a man […]

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THE KINKS: Dave Davies on his emotional return to the UK stage and ‘toxic’ relationship with brother Ray

Dave Davies is standing among the seated breakfasters one bright morning in the Clissold Arms, a heavily remodelled gastro-pub in north London, across the road from the terraced house where he grew up. He is trying to discern a more shadowy spot, visible only in his memory, where in 1961, aged 14, he and his […]

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JUSTIN CURRIE / DEL AMITRI: ‘We were never cool, even back in the indie days’

Si Hawkins: Just a few minutes into a perfectly good-natured chat with Justin Currie, I suddenly feel the need to make an embarrassing, tone-altering admission. Currie was, and soon will be again, the lead singer of Del Amitri, a band seemingly destined never to be hip, and an easy target for those of us who […]

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World-renowned jazz musician Pat Metheny discusses his impressions of life, music, and progressive education.

You started playing the trumpet when you were eight. What drew you to it? Well, my whole family’s pretty musical. My brother, Mike, was a great trumpet player, a child prodigy. My dad is a terrific trumpet player and my mom’s father was a professional trumpet player. Trumpet was sort of in the family. I […]

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Valentine Recording Studio, Los Angeles

Hannes Bieger writes ….. Few industries cherish the achievements of bygone eras as much as the music recording business. From both a technical and an emotional standpoint, studios actively seek to employ gear from half a century ago in current working environments. Imagine the same thing happening in healthcare or aviation! Continues HERE

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PEGGY SEEGER: Interview: there’s always a first time, even at 77

Peggy Seeger, purist queen of the folk revival, has released an album of electronic dance versions of her songs. She talks to Colin Irwin. It’s bizarre enough that a 77-year-old grandmother is picking up radio airplay and making her mark in clubs singing on an uncompromising dance record that hurtles at you in a blazing […]

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Bryce Dessner is best known as the guitarist with the much-loved art-rock band The National, but …..

First published November 2013 Bryce Dessner is best known as the guitarist with the much-loved art-rock band The National, but over the last few years he has steadily been carving out another branch to his career in modern composition and contemporary classical music – and the various other terms that are used to describe such […]

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AMPHION LOUDSPEAKERS: Songs of Norway: From fishing fleets to studio beats – the Studio Nord story

They say: “When I did my first recording as an artist I knew I was going to be doing this a lot and for a very long time,” remembers Fred Endresen – a recording/mix engineer, and owner of Studio Nord in Mosjøen. Please click HERE for the full story  

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AMPHION LOUDSPEAKERS: Music: A language which Amphion’s studio monitors translate smoothly

They say: “Translation is definitely the key, and I do not know a system that has translation as good as Amphion’s. Actually when you are mixing on the Amphions all post-playing speakers become your Amphion,” says Matej Gobec, a producer and sound engineer from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Please click HERE for the full story  

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TODD GARFINKLE / M•A Recordings: A World Citizen

STEREOPHILE:  Todd Garfinkle, guiding light of M•A Recordings, travels the globe recording provocative music in unbelievably wonderful acoustic settings. Todd travels to exotic climes such as Macedonia and Southern Siberia to capture unique and beautiful traditional ethnic music and song. He records with only two omnidirectional microphones, the signals of which are fed into handmade […]

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THE BEATLES: They ‘forgot’ dozens of songs

Paul McCartney claims that the absence of portable recording devices during the band’s heyday meant that songs he co-wrote with John Lennon were frequently forgotten the morning after. More HERE ===//=== Get the inside track on forthcoming notable live music gigs by clicking HERE ===//=== Our preference – based on direct personal experience – is […]

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Yves Beauvais: The Stereophile interview by Robert Baird

“While the selection and fine tuning of exhilarating-sounding vintage audio equipment is an exciting, often life-long search, let’s not forget it’s ultimately the music that matters—mankind’s mysterious mastery of making air move in esthetically & emotionally thrilling ways. Most importantly, remember to ask yourself the age-old question: Can I dance to it?”This has always been […]

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