Modern Progressive Rock

Wednesday 04 February 2015 kl. 08:58

Just finished listening to this episode of the Tom Woods show which gives an overview of recent recordings by new "Progressive Rock" groups. Woods is a fan of Yes and so I always expect that what they mean by Progressive Rock is related to Yes in some way or a descendant of Yes in it's style. However, I think the phrase refers to FM music of the 70's and so not all the music is interesting to me. But I am intrigued enough to take a listen.

In this podcast I am particularly interested in Big Big Train and so I will try to listen to some of their music and perhaps provide some of my own reactions to it in the future.

 
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Residential VOIP Providers

Thursday 15 January 2015 kl. 10:31

We got rid of our land line some time ago. But I would still like to have a phone at home. So I've been looking at VOIP providers. I started a subscription with Vonage but these guys are way too expensive. Here are some others I'm considering. List will be ongoing.

 
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The Beautiful Recorder

Wednesday 07 January 2015 kl. 11:16

I received a new alto recorder for Christmas this year. It's a very nice wooden recorder made by Huber (from Switzerland) and purchased from the Antique Sound Workshop. These guys set the recorder's intonation and voicing for you so it's ready to go when you get it.

The style of this recorder is kind of a hybrid or cross between a modern design and a historic baroque design. I am very pleased with sound although it is still breaking in and subject to some change. It has an airy quality and you can blow pretty hard without over driving it. The attack is also more forgiving compared to the plastic alto I have played for many years.

I've been working through a method book that I picked up many years ago. I'm just about done and am itching to get my hands on something more challenging. From this document, it appears that the great baroque composers for recorder were:

  • George F. Handel,
  • Johann Mattheson
  • Georg Philipp Telemann
  • Alessandro Scarlatti
  • Benedetto Marcello
  • Antonio Vivaldi

Now, let's go play!

 
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