“If we please some of the people some of the time, that’s all you can ask for. I don’t mind if someone says to me, ‘I really love the Syd Barrett era, but after that, you’ve lost me.’ That’s fine.” Could it be any more fitting that Pink Floyd is the band to again raise the bar for box set presentation? The band’s massive The Early Years 1965–1972 collection, out now via Pink Floyd/Columbia does just that … with 27 discs. The Early Years features remastered and restored audio tracks and video elements on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray — with many of them presented in top-shelf 96-kHz/24-bit high-resolution form.In addition to heretofore unreleased early Syd Barrett tracks like Vegetable Man and In the Beechwoods as well as frame upon frame of historical video footage, the holy audio grail here is the unreleased quad mix of Echoes, the groundbreaking 23-minute track from 1972’s Meddle, not to mention the quad mix of the … [Read more...] about ‘We can’t hold back the sea when it comes to streaming,’ says Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason
Young persons guide to the orchestra
Apple’s iPad is popping up everywhere. It’s used by television hosts, in shops, and even on the flight deck of commercial aircraft. Everywhere. But did you ever think you’d see tablets at a classical music concert? At Cadogan Hall in London on April 25, composer Stephen Goss world premiered of his latest piano concerto with a special twist. For the first time, concert attendees were encouraged to bring a tablet to the show and watch special videos made to accompany the new orchestration. Unfortunately, aside from us, almost nobody did. As it turns out, the classical crowd isn’t ready for modern tech. That’s not to say the evening wasn’t enjoyable, or that the interactive element was totally ignored, it’s just it gained attention in a different way than we expected.Classical concerts can be a daunting experience, particularly for newcomers. Stephen Goss’s goal was to use video to both gain an audience, and bring in younger … [Read more...] about Are you ready to bring your iPad to a classical music concert?