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Natural beauty with Yosi Horikawa

By | August 27th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Unplayable. The likes of Autechre’s NTS Sessions 1-4 and Bjarki’s Oli Gumm have been given a healthy dose of Harbeth/Hegel airtime these past two weeks. That’s at Darko.Audio HQ where pummeling Icelandic techno and abstract beats (that bleed in and out of noise) need dis/please only yours truly.

At audio shows, with the demographic and musical tone seemingly set in stone, spinning Autechre and Bjarki would likely turn precisely zero frowns upside down. Asking the die-hard Diana Krall-digger to tolerate electronic music at hi-fi shows doesn’t begin with artists like these.… Read the full article

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Not new news: Fela Kuti on Bandcamp

By | March 3rd, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , |

Bandcamp, for those not in the know, is a website that allows artists and labels to sell digital downloads and physical media direct to the consumer music fan; no distribution chain required.

Bucking industry standards further – in a world where hi-res downloads typically sell for more than CDs (think about that) which in turn sell for more than iTunes store downloads – Bandcamp doesn’t charge more money for more bits. An audiophile-friendly FLAC sells for the same price as a bit-squeezed MP3.… Read the full article

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Audiophile album of the year: Desolate’s Lunar Glyphs

By | December 17th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , |

Why don’t we hear more electronic music at audio shows, audiophile club meets or in hifi stores? The short answer is: generational gap. First hand experience and show reports tell us that the majority of UK/US/Euro show attendees, club members and store owners now live on the other side of fifty; gents whose cultural revolutions came via 60s flower power, 70s glam rock or – at a stretch – punk rock.

By the time the acid house revolution’s (so called) second summer of love shook the UK establishment in the late 80s and gave birth to the techno-infused club culture that we see today, the majority of baby boomers were already tucked up with a wife and 2.4 kids out in the ‘burbs.… Read the full article

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Future Of The Left are the best band in the world

By | August 7th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

This working week starts not only with a Monday but with a BANG. The explosion of a new sound recording from the best band in the world, Future Of The Left, landing on the Internet. A live show recorded with microphones and cameras in London on the first day of December, back in 2016.

Future Of The Left’s music takes no prisoners. Their songs are, crudely speaking, full-on punk rock – there’s a lotta shouting and a lotta loud guitars – but doused in interchangeably smart / surreal / non-sensical lyrics.… Read the full article

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Electronica for audiophiles – Bandcamp Edition

By | February 15th, 2017|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

The reasons to dig Bandcamp are numerous – here are five for starters:

1. Bandcamp is a platform that enables artists to sell their music to fans directly. The company takes 15% on digital sales (which drops to 10% once total artist revenue hits US$5000) and 10% on merchandise. That’s a long way south of Apple’s 30%. Artists retain ownership rights on all music sold through their Bandcamp microsite.

2. Bandcamp doesn’t deal only in MP3s. Artists upload their work in a lossless format and the Bandcamp back-end executes any file transcoding at time of download where we get a choice of lossy (MP3, AAC) or lossless (wav, AIFF, FLAC, ALAC, Ogg Vorbis).… Read the full article

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