One of the classic old school tracks is a tune by Alannah Myles called Black Velvet (incidentally Lenny Kravitz wrote one called Black Velveteen). In the song there’s a line “Jimmy Rogers on the Victrola up high”. Check out Black Velvet Espresso in Melbourne for a quality cuppa while your at it.
In 1906 the Victrola model record player was introduced by RCA Victor. This record player had variable turntable speeds to accommodate the already wide range of records being produced at the time. Two years later Columbia Records introduced the first double-sided phonograph records. By 1912 cylinder recordings were on the way out and the standard playing speed was set at 78 rpm.
For those out there who see music as more than just pop songs on the radio (or Victrola as the case may be), there is nothing better than a few free quality tunes to ramp up the collection. Some love records, some love mp3’s and some just love the thrill of searching for and then finding that little gem that takes over the next couple of days of audio space. Music. It changes the mind and brings in a lifestyle that could not exist without it. As if I need to even point that out.
One of the companies out there that reflects this lifestyle is Bowers and Wilkins. High quality audio gear. If you head to their website and sign up for their newsletter, thus becoming a member of their Society Of Sound (It’s free), you will be pleasantly surprised to find a little gift of a complimentary download or two. And not just MP3’s. High quality files with top quality artists. Curated by Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios and The London Symphony Orchestra. Check out John Metcalfe. Composer, producer, classical violinist, guitarist, pioneering A&R man and arranger to A-list pop stars including Coldplay, Peter Gabriel and Blur. He’s just released an album called Kites and Echoes. Amazing. A melding of Orchestral and Digital Production. Downtempo, strings, keys and a dubstep infusion. Theres a track called Sun available to all members in high-quality lossless digital audio FLAC file formats. Or for a nominal fee get access to their full catalogue and go crazy. Thanks to Simon Lewis from Amanaska for the heads up on this one.
While I’m on the topic, another favourite album is from a Melbourne-based producer Eric Chapus (aka. Endorphin) called Embrace. An oldie but a goodie. There’s a site that’s got a free download of one of the classic tracks on the album called Satie 1. The site is called Song365, and here’s the link. Incidentally Eric teaches Composition and Music Production at The Australian Institute of Music.
Have an awesome weekend.