Options A440 / Stochastic Hit Parade with Bethany Ryker: Playlist from December 9, 2013 Options

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Options December 9, 2013: A440, Op. 2, No. 2

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Artist Track Album Label Comments Approx. start time
Sadie Harrison  Impresa Amorosa: VI. Labyrinth (1995)   Options Taking Flight: Chamber Works by Sadie Harrison  Metier Sound & Vision  Aaron Shorr, piano  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Michel Magne  Self Service (1959) (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Musique Tachiste  Finders Keepers    0:02:55 (Pop‑up)
Lou Harrison  Song of Quetzalcoatl (1941)   Options Five American Percussion Pieces  Poon Village    0:04:28 (Pop‑up)
Kryzstof Penderecki  Anaklasis for strings and percussion (1960) (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Threnody / Canticum / etc.  EMI Records Group  London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Penderecki  0:11:00 (Pop‑up)
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Lennox Berkeley  Partita for Chamber Orchestra, III. Aria - Lento (1965) (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Berkeley Conducts Berkeley - Orchestral Works  Lyrita  London Philharmonmic, directed by the composer  0:22:00 (Pop‑up)
Francis Poulenc  Concert Champêtre - Allegro (1927) (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Poulenc:Organ Concerto, etc.  Decca  George Malcolm, harpsichord. Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, directed by Iona Brown  0:24:14 (Pop‑up)
Harold Meltzer  Toccata No. 5 (2005) (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Toccatas: Modern American Music for Harpsichord  Sono Luminus  performed by Jory Vinikour  0:34:43 (Pop‑up)
Manuel de Falla  Concerto for Harpsichord, Flute, Oboe, Violin and Cello, I. Allegro (1926) (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Martinu & Falla: Harpsichord Works  Supraphon  Monika Knoblochova - harpsichord with Little Orchestra, directed by Michael Macourek  0:37:00 (Pop‑up)
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Antonín Dvořák  Serenade for Strings in E Major, Op. 22, II. Tempo di Valse (1875) (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Art of Conduction:Pawel Przytocki  K&K Verlagsanstalt  Beethoven Academy Orchestra Krakau, conducted by Pawel Przytocki. link to Dvorak's SCORE 2nd mvt begins on pg. 9  0:46:40 (Pop‑up)
Franz Schubert  String Quartet, No. 14 in D minor, 'Death and the Maiden', IV. Presto (1824) (Listen: Pop‑up)   Options Borodin Quartet  Elatus  link to Schubert's SCORE . 4th mvt begins on pg. 38  0:52:38 (Pop‑up)
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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:04pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Welcome aboard!
  8:04pm Listening Out There:

Having A440 next to People Like Us is great! I don't have to run around and find another parking place... :)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:05pm fleep:

Really classes up the joint, ya.
Avatar 8:09pm Droll:

If only there weren't a 1-hour max parking limit here on the fancy side of town...
Avatar 8:15pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...quite the different mood from last week...
  Swag For Life Member 8:18pm spodiodi:

that was nice
Avatar 8:22pm steve:

plates and forks classical. love it.
Avatar 8:23pm Kurt Gottschalk:

i'd be interested in someone convincing me what's better about heavier vinyl of the same stylus is sitting in the same size groove.

hi, bethany!
Avatar 8:23pm village cracker:

probably going to be good... probably. pretty good chance anyway.
Avatar 8:25pm netural imbalance:

Kurt, don't mean to but in but thicker vinyl won't warp as easily
Avatar 8:28pm Kurt Gottschalk:

neutral, i get it for durability but people seem to claim the audio is better.
Avatar 8:29pm collateral leggins:

It is less likely to flex up and down, keeping the stylus at a steady pressure on the disc.
Avatar 8:31pm Kurt Gottschalk:

is that a common occurrence?
Avatar 8:32pm lo mein turning lane:

I grew up in a radio / TV repair shop, that's about all I learned. As you say, some people claim it makes a difference.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:34pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Was there some turntable technology that used a laser to read the record groove? You'd never wear out the groove that way. Maybe that would up in the same place as bubble memory.
Avatar 8:35pm powerwiper:

I'm thinking that's called a CD Ken...I apologize for the snark :(
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:36pm fleep:

Laser turntables are available right now
Avatar 8:37pm Kurt Gottschalk:

there is yet to be technology to replace my humming.
Avatar 8:37pm dirty cake club:

I guess that's a good thing if you want to play AND preserve classic vinyl. It would become digital however, and you are back to CD.
Avatar 8:38pm Droll:

People with so-called Golden Ears can hear the difference an expensive power cord brings. There are Hi-Fi charlatans only too happy to sell them 60" of wire for $500 so Golden Ear people can say they're right.
Avatar 8:38pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- my understanding is that there is such technology (laser reading vinyl) - commonly used on archival (old) records - no??...
Avatar 8:40pm jug line:

@kurt..there is yet to be technology to replace my humming..try yodeling..I'm sorry :(
Try to isolate the hum:speaker, speaker wire, electronic feedback.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:40pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Yeah, what I meant was a laser that reads the old-timey vinyl records and preserves the record groove.
Avatar 8:41pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...I guess that *would* be digital then - as all computer files are - & then it's a question of sampling rate how close to analog (w/ all its' warmth - & distortion) it comes...
  Swag For Life Member 8:42pm 12539:

I know the heavier harpsichords sound better than the lightweight ones.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:44pm fleep:

When CDs first came out, there were people who claimed that marking the rim with green magic marker would make the CD sound better. And by golly, if you thought it did, it did.
Avatar 8:44pm Kurt Gottschalk:

re humming, just kidding, yeah i meant like yodeling.
Avatar 8:46pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...except, the digital file of the laser-read vinyl wouldn't have the analog distortion! - @ any sampling rate...

...I'm reminded of story from a History of Guitar book:
- a very great centuries-old violin was analyzed as having cat pee in the varnish. A trend then emerged amongst makers to include that...but soon they calmed down & reasoned that a cat prolly just peed in the guy's varnish...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:47pm Folsom:

A friend of mine used to demagnetize his CDs, claimed it sounded better. He also used the green marker.
  8:47pm earrie:

Great to hear you again. And of course, the music I've never heard before.
  Swag For Life Member 8:47pm spodiodi:

cd's aren't magnetic
they are optical
Avatar 8:47pm mama fried:

12539, that is how electric guitars were invented. The problem was that the guitar couldn't be amplified very loud because the flex of the instrument was too weak to handle strumming loud enough to 'pick up'. What's his name (Les Paul?) strung the strings on a railroad iron rail, then it could be played hard without distortion and thus amplified. *if foggy memory serves me*
Avatar 8:47pm steve:

Droll, i just heard about a recent audiophile study with hilarious results - a group of 12 self-proclaimed audiophiles couldn't tell the difference between audio going through Monster Cables and soldered together coat hangers!
  Swag For Life Member 8:48pm spodiodi:

Avatar 8:52pm Droll:

I openly mock audiophiles but I should just sell them $500 wires. A great recording won't save a boring song or performance, but a bad recording typically won't ruin a great performance.

It's a moot point because it's a reproduction and always will be.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:52pm Skirkie:

You're not gonna have mush luck getting a laser to read vinyl methinks since the vinyl won't reflect the laser back.
Avatar 8:54pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

MamaF: I don't think so. There are hollow-body electrics - altho' pickups were no doubt much weaker then. The soundboard - the top of the guitar - is the important thing for resonance. I did read that Les Paul showed people his electric w/ no resonator box & they all laughed - so he put a 'body' on it to make it look more like the Acoustic guitar everyone was used to - & they loved it. He said then that he knew people 'listened' w/ their *eyes* to a large extent...
...Coathangers might conduct electricity well like a thick wire !...
- Interesting point Skirkie - put who is qualified to answer...
Avatar 8:54pm Droll:

An LP is not a black hole. It is black and has a hole, but light most certainly reflects off it.
Avatar 8:54pm Bethany Ryker:

I've provided links to the scores, from the Petrucci library - you can follow along :)
Avatar 8:54pm Zebtron A. Rama:

Very glad this show has returned.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:54pm maestroso:

Oh man, such a pleasure to hear your show Bethany, after a long drive home.
  8:54pm earrie:

Wow. You linked to the score.
Bethany! (Yay)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:55pm fleep:

Laser turntable: www.audioturntable.com
  8:55pm earrie:

(still amazing , though thought it was the harpsichord one..)
Avatar 8:55pm Bethany Ryker:

Yeah, this kept me up quite late a few nights, laptop and headphones in bed!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm Skirkie:

Seems legit.
Avatar 8:56pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- good point Droll!
...Follow the score ! ...Is there an animated pointer for the ignorant like me - ?!
Avatar 8:58pm raining water:

RR@ I had to go and check just for shits and giggles. The history is more complicated than just Les Paul: A functionally solid body electric guitar was designed and built in 1940 by Les Paul from an Epiphone acoustic archtop. His "log guitar" (so called because it consisted of a simple 4x4 wood post with a neck attached to it and homemade pickups and hardware, with two detachable Epiphone hollow body halves attached to the sides for appearance only) shares nothing in design or hardware with the solid body Gibson Les Paul introduced in 1952. However, the feedback problem associated with hollow-bodied electric guitars was understood long before Paul's "log" was created in 1940; [ wikipedia]
  Swag For Life Member 8:58pm 12539:

Thanks as ever, Bethany.

This program is woefully brief.
Avatar 8:58pm Droll:

Thanks, Bethany. Please continue posting scores to follow along with at home!

Yes, 1 hour isn't nearly enough...
Avatar 9:01pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- yes raining.
...Laser Turntable looks amazing - & it's optical-analog sound...
Avatar 9:01pm enzyme ring & neclace:

Yep probably was pretty good Bethany, Probably a good chance it was :)
  9:01pm Richard from Venezuela:

Great set. Thanks bethany
Avatar Swag For Life Member 9:02pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Zats...that hour went quickly!
Avatar 9:08pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

- great of course to be schooled & entertained @ the same time. Great program !
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