With COVID-19 waiting outside our door, it's incredibly hard for me to do regular posts. I am a teacher and my job has been indefinitely closed so I'm at home, but me and my wife and disinfecting the house all day to protect our baby boy, and when I go out twice a week to shop we follow a fucking protocol with clothes, gloves, bags and disinfect all shopped products. Plus, I have to do skype lessons so no time left. Thus, any time I am able to post anything, it will probably be without any comments/review thing. Here's Coil's unreleased tracks from the majestic Astral Disaster. 2018 LP on Prescription.
This is an Italian guy playing music dedicated to driving on highways and listening to the radio. He uses analog synths and samples from a Napoli radio station airing love notes from prisoners. There's narrative ambient music with a very miserable tone (ain't the title implying suicide?), that reminds me of Croatian Amor and that whole Danish scene slightly. I quite like it. 2019 tape on Aught Void.
An extended line-up of United Bible Studies featuring international musicians and playing spacey ambient reminding me of my old Sega Master System video games like R-Type with great combinations of fragile medieval folk. 2019 tape on Sloow Tapes.
I have recently bought a new turntable as my old one broke down and the other one I have is hundreds of miles away at my parents' house. I decided to buy this AKAI ATT-E10 portable player with an internal preamp (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B001KXAERU/ref=cm_cr_arp_mb_bdcrb_top?ie=UTF8), both because it was relatively cheap and because it is small, doesn't take up too much space and supposedly records lps through a usb port.
At first I was positive about as the sound is quite good even through its small built-in speakers. But I was quickly disappointed as it records at 64 kbps (yes you will tell me "dude you have posted about how great shit quality MP3s are" but I'll reply that "not everyone is Godflesh") without that being mentioned in the specifications or even in any reviews I read! So, I connected it to my laptop with a dual RCA red-white cable only to discover that it makes incredibly much clipping, even if I turn the mic level to zero.
So, my odyssey starts. I tried another RCA cable, nothing. I tried a better soundcard, nothing. I had my father sent me my other player's adaptor connected to my hi-fi to bypass it, nothing. I was told at an electronics shop to do the grounding, nothing as I can't really see any grounding cable in the player's interior. A reader of the blog asked an uncle of his to provide his advice, which was that nothing can be done An electronics engineer friend of me spent hours tried to find a solution, still nothing, which leaves me with the only option still not employed, which is to try an external pre-amp. I can find cheap ones, but I'm afraid it will be even bigger loss of money, so I'm tentative about it.
That's why I turn to you dear readers, asking you to please give me your own advice. If I can finally manage to make it work, I promise to share some really amazing lps that I have never seen posted anywhere.
Extremely lysergic and depressive solo music project by Brecht Ameel of Razen/Het Interstedelijk Harmoniumverbond, mixing lute (played through delay and chorus!) and found sounds. Few recordings can sound as grey and lonely as this. 2019 tape on Sloow Tapes.
Het Interstedelijk Harmoniumverbond is a group formed by Brecht Ameel of Razen with Steve Marreyt (Edgar Wappenhalter) of Silvester Anfang, Glen Stenkiste of Silvester Anfang/Sylvester Anfang II and David Edren of Brahmen Raag, with all of them playing harmonium, creating an unending flow of drone. 2019 LP on (K-RAA-K)³.