• Free Hearing Test

    3. Apr. 2015, 4:31 von Neue_regel_

    Free Hearing Tests:

    I just took the above free hearing tests for fun. I listen to music through speakers (both in home and in concerts) or through headphones since 1997 for about 1 or 2 hours per day (it's hard to exactly estimate this). I was 13 then, I am 31 now. Growing older means you also need to constantly protect your hearing from any major hearing loss, besides your natural loss at the high notes.

    In all humans, gradually the higher notes (above 19 Kiloherz) start to become inaudible. Starting at the age of 20, the normal hearing range which is 20 Herz (Hz) to 20 Kiloherz (Khz), starts shrinking for everyone and lowers to a threshold of maximum 15 Khz at the high-pitch end, on average, until age of 60. That's why old folks can't hear much the extremely high-pitch notes.

    My results:

    Test 1. (hearing range)

    Right now, my left ear can listen to tones until 18.4 Khz. My right ear up to 17.8 Khz. Above these limits, it's all silence for me. Cats and dogs can usually hear up to 60 Khz. And bats up to 200 Khz.

    Test 2. (audiogram: range vs audible magnitude)

    This test measures the hearing threshold (in decibels) at 6 fixed points in the range of 250Hz until 8K (Khz). The threshold can be from -10 decibels (db) up to 80(db). Above the point of 80 db, one is considered 'technically' deaf.

    For my left ear:

    For my right ear:

    (Important: all tests are designed for each ear seperately. Not both ears simultaneously)

    Result: both of my left and right ears, seem to have identical audiograms,
    except at 500 Hz (0 db vs 5 db )

    Bass sounds: Audible above 0 or 5 decibels (db) for me.
    High sounds: Audible above 10 or more decibels for me.
    (Decibel (db) is a logarithmic scale of measuring air-pressure)

    My hearing is thankfully is still doing okay at high notes according the above hearing tests.

    Note: all tests taken through my Philips headphones.

    20 Herz = 20 wave cycles per second
    (or 1 cycle per 50 milliseconds)

    M.Sc. Physics


  • Jimi Hendrix Tribute

    1. Aug. 2014, 1:03 von BlueCanoe

    We wanted to let you know about a new release from Blue Canoe Records-Trombonist Ron Westray (Wynton Marsalis) - Jimi Jazz. A tribute to Jimi Hendrix. We would love to get your feedback on this release. Thank you. Blue Canoe Records
  • ESB Jazz Radio - Top 40 Artists (Last 3 Month - January 2014)

    2. Feb. 2014, 17:22 von esbartolo

  • ESB Jazz Radio - Top 40 Artists (Last 3 Month - January 2014)

    2. Feb. 2014, 17:21 von esbartolo

  • Dan Baraszu and Dave Ellington - Organ Trio

    15. Jan. 2014, 4:39 von BlueCanoe

    Dynamite duo Dan Baraszu and Dave Ellington have teamed up for an explosive eponymous debut album. With live wire Marlon Patton on drums, this band is raising eyebrows in the Atlanta area.

    Hammond B-3 superstar Dave Ellington moved to Atlanta, GA in 2005 after 22 years in New Orleans playing and recording with dozens of acts including Walter "Wolfman" Washington and the late gospel and blues great Marva Wright. While in New Orleans he studied with Ellis Marsalis and created Chevere, an afro-Cuban jazz project. Their release entitled, "Baila Mi Ritmo" was chosen by Times Picayune music critic Keith Spera as one of the 'Top 20 recordings' of 2001. Since Hurricane Katrina, Ellington has spent time in Atlanta gigging with numerous jazz, blues and soul outfits while working on the Organ Trio.

    Rising jazz guitar dynamo Dan Baraszu had been burning up the Atlanta jazz scene since graduation from Berklee College of Music and The University of Miami. While versed in many styles, Baraszu found his love for jazz at a young age when he discovered Wes Montgomery. Since arriving in Atlanta, he has freelanced for the top jazz players in town and once Ellington arrived, they just seemed to find each other. ”B3 Organ and guitar have always been such a great combination. Something about the sustain of the organ and the percussiveness attack of the guitar are very complimentary. I have always wanted to play with a cat like Dave that knows the tradition but also strives to push the music forward into new realms”, says Baraszu. Since connecting, the dynamic duo have combined in numerous configurations but none felt as satisfying as the Organ Trio. “I love what happens when we play together (in the organ trio format); the sound, the vibe, the songs - everything!” informs Ellington.

    Hailing from Atlanta, Marlon Patton has literally played drums his entire life. He studied music at The University of Georgia and has vast experience in genres as diverse as modern and straight ahead jazz, rock, hip hop, Latin, salsa and afro-Cuban. He records and performs year-round all over the world and boast performance credits with John Patitucci, Rufus Reid, Wycliffe Gordon, Mike Wofford and Sade.

    The album opens with "Road Rage" and displays magical interplay between guitar and organ. The conversation is colorful and the guitar solo embraces Baraszu's inner George Benson. When Ellington fires up on his B-3, hints of Joey DeFrancesco and Jimmy Smith are exposed while New Orleans echoes throughout. When the funky Doodah Man rolls out, Marlon Patton's groove sets the tone for delightful interaction that is accessible and radio ready. The compilation closes with a smokin' interpretation of the 1962 Quincy Jones classic, Soul Bossa Nova. The intertwined guitar and B-3 forces a smile at the familiar melody while eliciting awe at the fresh delivery.

    "Dan Baraszu & David Ellington Organ Trio" is a rollercoaster of jazz, funk and soul that will please a diverse listening audience and leave the listener anxious for more. This is a trio to watch in 2014 and beyond.
  • A new song and online store by VFSix

    13. Jan. 2014, 11:33 von vfsix

    In space of VFSix passed a symbolic 12 years cycle. Our musical project grew from three musicians to tens, have gone beyond the borders of Moscow and a light trip-hop style frame, and have got the name V.I.C Sound. We were engaged generally in writing music and getting it through to our listeners, who could download our tracks for free and got gift CD's at our concerts. Now we have a good experience of working with record companies, publishers, distributors. The main conclusion is: the most fair and transparent way is to do everything by ourselves, independently.
    Therefore we invite all our fans to our online store, where you can listen and download tracks of all our projects. All new music will appear first of all here as well.
    Purchasing on the site you can be sure that all money goes directly to authors and performers. And now a choice where to search and download our music is yours.
    Have a good listening!
    A new song
  • Næm - Sigurdór Guðmundsson

    7. Jan. 2014, 0:25 von Skonrokk

    Free, "pay what you like", digital download of the song:

    This is a song Sigurdór wrote back in 2005 called "Næm" (Naem, pronounced "Naim" ... or perhaps you could try to say "mine" backwards! :)

    Featured on Ian Shepherd's "Home Mastering Masterclass":

    Recorded in June 2011 and comped together from a few incomplete takes. All instruments in the same room. :)
    Live recording in a rehearsal room. No isolation.

    Mixed and mastered by Sigurdór Guðmundsson @ skonrokk Studios in October/November 2013.

    Drums: recorded with RØDE NT1-A 1 (overheads), Shure Beta 57A (bass drum) and Shure SM57 (snare).
    Tenor sax: RØDE K2.
    Electric bass: Demeter Tube Direct.
    Nord Electro (keys): direct.

    Drums recorded through the 4-710d preamp from Universal Audio. The rest went through Apogee Ensemble.

    George L. Claassen: drums
    Kolbeinn Tumi Haraldsson: keyboard
    Auðun Freyr Ingvarsson: saxophone
    Sigurdór Guðmundsson: composer, electric bass, audio engineering, recording, mixing, mastering.

    Mixed and mastered by Sigurdór Guðmundsson @ in October/November 2013.

    Photo credits:
  • Grand opening of new group: "WOke up this morning..."

    24. Jun. 2013, 6:58 von musinum

    Blues and roots, a little mountain music, with Robert Johnson at the center: Woke up this morning... is having its Grand Opening tonight!
  • My Top 20 Albums of 2012

    2. Jan. 2013, 22:06 von Fidgital

    My top 20 albums of 2012

    For those who like lists:

    #1 - Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Trouble
    #2 - Max Richter - Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons
    #3 - VCMG - SSSS
    #4 - Niki & the Dove - Instinct
    #5 - John Tejada - The Predicting Machine
    #6 - Fennesz - AUN - The Beginning And End Of All Things
    #7 - Lindstrom - Smallhans
    #8 - Hidden Orchestra - Archipelago
    #9 - Brownout - Oozy
    #10 - Bat for Lashes - The Haunted Man
    #11 - Tame Impala - Lonerism
    #12 - Trust - Trst
    #13 - Two Door Cinema Club - Beacon
    #14 - Air - Le Voyage dans la Lune
    #15 - Pet Shop Boys - Elysium
    #16 - Quantic featuring Alice Russell - Look Around The Corner
    #17 - Marbert Rocel - Small Hours
    #18 - Incognito - Surreal
    #19 - School of Seven Bells - Ghostory
    #20 - Chairlift - Something

    For those who haven't heard of some of these artists and want to know what to expect:

    #1 – Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – "Trouble"

    TEED is Orlando Higginbottom and Trouble is his debut album. This is the album I always wished Junior Boys would make – an upbeat, dizzying, swinging, euphoric party of a record, as if the flawless dance production was over-compensating for all the self-doubt and deprecation apparent in the lyrics. Other comparables would be the latest Friendly Fires album, but with more of a club (especially 2-step / UK Garage) influence. Standout tracks are too many to list but start at the beginning – the first 6 tracks are incredible – and get to the end because most of the rest is amazing too. This makes my desert island albums list.

    #2 – Max Richter – "Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons"

    The latest in Decca's Recomposed series, British composer Richter's entry is a big departure. Instead of remixing an existing recording (as Matthew Herbert and others have done), Richter completely rearranged Vivaldi's overplayed composition and then recorded it with the Britten Sinfonia and solo violinist Daniel Hope. The result is breathtaking and modern, respectful and challenging, beautiful throughout. This is will be loved by fans of widely divergent music, from contemporary orchestral masters like Philip Glass to the atmospheric minded epic indie rock of Sigur Ros.

    #3 – VCMG – "Ssss"

    Vince Clarke and Martin Gore hadn't worked together since Vince quit Depeche Mode after their first album, back in 1981. This reunion is not the synthpop flashback you might expect, but rather a masterpiece of dark instrumental techno. I had high expectations, tempered by fears of disappointment, but this is an album to get lost in. The textures and tones are both surprising and familiar, innovatively playing with the genre without rehashing it. Amazing. Try singles "Spock", "Single Blip", "Aftermaths" or non-singles "Flux", "Windup Robot", or "Zaat".

    #4 – Niki & The Dove – "Instinct"

    Niki & The Dove is a trio of Swedes making wonderful synthpop. Imagine if you could cross the voices of Stevie Nicks with Kate Bush, the adventurous production of early Kate Bush records with the modernism of contemporary Scandinavians Fever Ray and Little Dragon. Recommended tracks: "Mother Protect", "Tomorrow", "The Drummer", and "DJ Ease My Mind".

    #5 – John Tejada – "The Predicting Machine"

    Even better than his last one ("Parabolas"), Tejada's second full length on Kompakt is a tour-de-force of upbeat atmospheric analog techno. Classic Orbital fans (first three albums) will enjoy the second half in particular. I love "A Familiar Mood", "Stabilizer", "Glaringly Happy", and the perfectly-named ambient number, "Winter Skies".

    #6 – Fennesz – "AUN – The Beginning and End of All Things"

    A soundtrack from Austria's Christian Fennesz, again partnering up with my favourite musician, Ryuichi Sakamoto, though this time not under the Fennesz Sakamoto handle. The genre is ambient glitch, but from Fennesz' unique perspective as a guitarist. Highlights include "Aware", "Haru", and "Nemuru".

    #7 – Lindstrom – "Smallhans"

    Norway's Hans-Peter Lindstrom always impresses, but this year he gave us two full length albums. After the heavy Todd Rundgren prog-rock influence of "Six Cups of Rebel", I was delighted when he announced he would return to mining the rich seam of space disco for "Smallhans". Giorgio Moroder-style arpeggios chatter amongst driving mid-tempo disco beats and spacey effects galore. It's near-perfect, everything you could wish for in a Lindstrom album. Every track is recommended (there are only 6).

    #8 – Hidden Orchestra – "Archipelago"

    The sophomoric album from Edinburgh's jazz collective, "Archipelago", expands further upon the sound of their breathtaking 2010 album, "Night Walks". Take everything you love best about jazz-sampling trip hop, and then do it with all-original, live playing, but produced as if it was sampled from a hundred amazing records, and you might have an idea of the sound. This is for fans of the Cinematic Orchestra and Lalo Schifrin soundtracks. Check out "Flight", "Vorka", "Reminder", "Seven Hunters", and "Fourth Wall".

    #9 – Brownout – "Oozy"

    Outstanding Latin funk from Austin's Brownout, "Oozy" is a hard-hitting blast of horns, guitar and drums, with perfectly-suited vocals. Dub and Cuban influences inform James Brown-style funk. I need to see this band live. Standout tracks are "Flaximus", "I Won't Lie", "Meter Beater" and the title track.

    #10 – Bat For Lashes – "The Haunted Man"

    London's Natasha Kahn delivers a huge third record, also showing a big influence from early Kate Bush. It's her haunting, soaring, emotional vocals that really sell the songs, although the production is top-notch too. Make sure you hear "All Your Gold", "Oh Yeah", "Marilyn", "Rest Your Head" and the title track.

    #11 – Tame Impala – "Lonerism"

    If you have a psychedelic itch asking for a contemporary scratch, this is the album to do it! Australia's Kevin Parker and company deliver great songs with way out there production. As he said "It's like Britney Spears singing with The Flaming Lips," but I'd also compare this to Animal Collective and MGMT. As if that gives you any idea what this sounds like. I'm glad he's moved beyond the obvious Beatles and Stones influence of "Innerspeaker". Check out "Endors Toi", "Apocalypse Dreams", "Mind Mischief" and "Why Won't They Talk To Me?"

    #12 – Trust – "TRST"

    This is the album I wish I'd had the guts to produce for Cat Man And The Cat Clan (Rodney Serson, are you out there?). Toronto's Robert Alfons and Maya Postepski (of Austra fame) are here making grim, raunchy, mid-tempo, industrial-influenced synthpop. Robert's deep, alien-sounding vocals are bizarre but accessible and affecting. I was initially put off of this record by its terrible cover but have since grown to love its awfulness. Standouts include "Shoom", "Bulbform", "Gloryhole", "This Ready Flesh" and "F.T.F."

    #13 – Two Door Cinema Club – "Beacon"

    Ireland's Two Door Cinema Club dazzle with their second album, a return to the post-punk-dance-influenced indie rock sound of "Tourist History". Although the drums are disco, and there are synths, this is definitely a guitar-driven rock-pop record, with nods throughout to New Order. Recommended tracks: "Next Year", "Wake Up", "Sleep Alone", "Settle", "Spring", and the title track.

    #14 – Air – "Le Voyage Dans La Lune"

    Air returns for another Moon Safari, joining bands like Cinematic Orchestra and Pet Shop Boys in providing a contemporary soundtrack to a classic silent film, in this case Georges Méliès' 1902 opus which is considered to be the first science fiction film. With more prog rock influence than most Air albums, this is mostly instrumental, save for a lovely cameo from Beach House's Victoria Legrand on "Seven Stars". Other highlights include "Astronomic Club", "Parade", and "Sonic Armada".

    #15 – Pet Shop Boys – "Elysium"

    Chris and Neil are back with a return to the more atmospheric, mellow synthpop of their all-time best album, "Behaviour", though not as effectively as that 1990 masterpiece. When it works, it's breathtaking, like the ode to aging (one of several on the record), "Invisible". They've obviously been listening to some Kompakt. Second single, "Leaving", is fantastic, addressing death and grief face-on, somehow finding peace and comfort without taking away from the impact of loss. Elsewhere, there are returns to their trademark biting wit and irony, with tracks like "Your Early Stuff" or "Ego Music".

    #16 – Quantic featuring Alice Russell with the Combo Barbaro – "Look Around The Corner"

    If Will Holland is involved, it will be good at minimum, with a decent chance of being great. This is even more true when he works with the wonderful Alice Russell. Beyond that, the re-pairing with his Combo Barbaro (they last collaborated on my #1 album of 2009, "Tradition In Transition") makes this a "sure thing" for any record buyer. The sound here is Latin-influenced R&B and it's outstanding. Favourite tracks are "Here Again", "Magdalena", "I'll Keep A Light In My Window", "Une Tarde en Mariquita", and "I'd Cry".

    #17 – Marbert Rocel – "Small Hours"

    Leipzig's Marbert Rocel make German pop house music, perfectly suited for their label, Compost. Compost is one of those labels you can trust for taste and quality, having put only one bad release that I can think of (which is unfortunately the worst album I have ever paid money for). I bought "Small Hours" just based on the label's track record and was delighted – it's Compost's best album since last year's "Phreek Party" by Phreek Plus One. Best tracks: "Whether The Night", "Lax Sax", "Wait For My Raccoon", "Little Things", and the title track.

    #18 – Incognito – "Surreal"

    It should be no surprise that the best disco album came from honest-to-goodness disco players from the late '70's. Bluey and the rest of his UK-based collective have put out excellent acid jazz, disco, funk and R&B over the last 30+ years, and "Surreal", their 15th studio album, continues their streak of great releases. Highlights include "The Less You Know", "Ain't It Time", "Rivers On The Sun", "To Be With You", and "Thoughtful Fantasies".

    #19 – School of Seven Bells – "Ghostory"

    New York's School of SVIIB is now down to a duo, after the departure of Claudia following their outstanding second record, "Disconnect From Desire". "Ghostory" doesn't quite live up to that high-water mark but is still a very strong record. SVIIB continue their evolution of reverb-drenched shoegaze indie dance rock, with Alejandra Deheza's detached vocal delivery effective over Ben Curtis' My Bloody Valentine-influenced guitars and dancey beats. I recommend "The Night", "Lafaye", "Low Times", "Reappear", and "Scavenger".

    #20 – Chairlift – "Something"

    Another duo from New York, Caroline Polachek and Patrick Wimberly make cheeky indie electro-pop that is fresh and unique. Much of the credit goes to Caroline's quirky vocal delivery, alternating between overly earnest and detached deadpan. Plus, she is hilarious, and once you've seen the videos or live footage, it's hard not to see it in your mind whenever you hear these songs. Highlights include "Take It Out On Me", "Amanaemonesia", "Turning", and the gorgeous and uplifting "I Belong In Your Arms".

    That's it for the top 20. Near misses: Terranova, Lone, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Nickodemus, The Orb featuring Lee Scratch Perry, Ulrich Schnauss and Mark Peters, Bill Laswell, SCSI-9, Bear in Heaven, and DJ Food. Great reissues in 2012 included the amazing Disco Recharge series (especially the Change and Voyage albums), Blur's 21, the Roxy Music box set, and Al Kent's Disco Demands. What a great year for music!
  • Charlie Chan Takes Christmas Down Under With Jazzy New Album

    22. Dez. 2012, 20:42 von musicdish

    In Australia, December marks the beginning of summer. So leave it to Aussie composer and Gold-selling recording artist Charlie Chan to take a warm, jazzy approach to yuletide classics on "Christmas In Australia - Summer Relaxation," slated for Dec. 11 worldwide release from Big Black Shiny Piano.

    "Everywhere you go at Christmas time you hear the same old songs over and over again. They start to drive you mad," the noted film and television composer says. "I decided to record new versions of these lovely old songs and help everyone calm down and relax over the holiday season."

    Chan's long and varied career has touched on ambient soundscapes, tribal folk, jazz improvisation and world music, selling more than 500,000 downloads to date. The multi-instrumentalist is well-known in Australia for a critically acclaimed solo career on the Sony Masterworks label, including 1998's Gold-selling "Wild Swans," a boundary-busting blend of classical and ambient influences. Chan parlayed her success as a recording artist into a 25-year career as a composer: she recently scored the hit Australian TV drama "Killing Time," adding to a long list of credits that includes down-under television staples "McLeod's Daughters" and "Australian Story." Chan has also written for feature films including "Me Myself and I," festivals, stage productions and documentaries.

    With "Christmas in Australia - Summer Relaxation," Chan gets back to basics on favorites like "Silent Night," "Jingle Bells" and "The Little Drummer Boy." "When you listen to them, I hope you'll feel a magical festive feeling," Chan says.

    For those looking for a fresh and classic take on holiday favorites, Charlie Chan's "Christmas in Australia - Summer Relaxation" will be available worldwide Dec. 11 on Big Black Shiny Piano.

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