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Orange crush: Wyred 4 Sound’s PH-1 phono stage

By | March 17th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

The beginning is a familiar one, told a thousand times: I slide the record from its sleeve, and carefully place it on the turntable platter; I delicately pull the tonearm across so that the needle seen from above sits above (but just inside) the record’s outer edge. With the lever I lower the tonearm…

…a gentle THUNK hits the loudspeakers and we begin. Sometimes with a slow build but in the case of the Kitchens Of Distinction’s The Death of Cool, a chiming guitar and a drum fill and puts us in swift indie rock motion.… Read the full article

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Audeze go pro

By | March 13th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , |

Kangding Ray: sometimes he makes music with machines, but most of the time, he’s just untangling cables and looking for the right power supply – a self-effacing (pseudo) auto-bio penned by electronic musician David Letellier.

It’s a bio that almost certainly underplays Kangding Ray’s standing as one of the world’s finest electronic music producers. Across six albums and numerous EPs, Letellier’s music operates at the intersection of techno and sound design. Even the briefest listen to his complex/dense productions – especially the harder hitting Hyper Opal Mantis, released in 2017 on Lucy’s sound-quality-focussed Stroboscopic Artefacts label – tells us that Letellier has a keen ear for the details and icy structures that contribute to a more interesting kind of techno music.… Read the full article

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