torsdag 30 augusti 2012

Inspirational ...

I visited Dalarna in the summer and saw these fantastic girls live, singing outdoors in the sun on a simple PA system ... they still sounded amazing and without doubt have the self confidence and musical ability to play any scene.

When you here a performance and don't need to think twice but rather just want to buy the music you hear, then they are good ..


Click HERE to listen to their music.

lördag 25 augusti 2012

Support announced for Maeve O'Boyle *LIVE* @ P&S (here) 20 Th Sept

Ryan MacDowell, a young Glasgow based singer-songwriter will support Maeve O'Boyle here on 20th September.


 More about Ryan:
Biography
Ryan MacDowell is an up and coming young artist from Glasgow. His songwriting displays a maturity well beyond his years and his acosutic chillout sets provide an excellent backdrop to a lazy chilllout day.

He has performed in a wide range of locations throughout the city as well as Ireland. He took part in the 2010 Young Scot City Sounds Music competition where he took the runner up spot out of hundreds of applicants.
 
 
Follow Ryan on twitter for perosnal updates on his music from the man himself, search @ryanmdmusic or follow the link http://twitter.com/#!/ryanmdmusic

fredag 24 augusti 2012

Handover this morning in Båstad ...

It was an absolute pleasure to hand over a seven zone LINN DS installation to a very satisfied family in Båstad this morning. The project comprises a main summer house with five zones and a large separate summer house for their teenage Sons, comprising two zones.

The family decided to keep the character and shell of the beautiful old house but completely rebuilt the interior, rebuilding with an amazing choice of materials and the latest technology. The result is the 'warmth' you only get from an old house but with the comfort of the best available materials and technology. 

Wonderful ... an inspirational result! 50mm by 400mm solid Douglas pine floors, whitewashed and only full  lengths of up to 10m ... WAL!


We were asked to provide fantastic sound but the electronics themselves:

''should not be seen at all and all speakers should be built in and customised to the exact colour choices used in the home''

The family wanted to stream high definition music and film, play YouTube & Spotify direct from their ipad to their LINN systems and with the ability to have perfect synchronised party mode or play seperate music in separate rooms.

''Everything with wireless control from iPad! ''

''It should be user friendly and just work without any IT  knowledge''

We installed their favourite internet radio stations, configured the LINN products and Network for optimum stability and performance and supplied an automated server for Ripping Blueray, DVD &CD (flac). Remote access to the Network means we don't have to physically visit the premise to update or make changes.

''It should be a great sound but to a reasonable budget''


LINN Sekrit DSI  systems were used in TV areas and Sneaky DS used in smaller areas where no physical inputs were required.

An outdoor LINN system and bathrooms used Watertight LINN Diskreet speakers and LINN Kustom speakers were used in the other zones.

In the larger rooms we used the fantastic BR27 inbuilt base reinforcement speakers (sub). Aesthetics were high priority so all speakers were installed in the ceilings and delivered in the exact colour of the surfaces.

The LINN installation ''.. does exactly what you said it would do and exactly what I wanted it to do''

''SOUNDS FANTASTIC''

Janne (Båstad)

onsdag 22 augusti 2012

Mad about the boy!


This is the follow-up video to the video we shot before summer here in the shop ... great stuff from John Ariblad.

Just played it through LINN Songcast on the new LINN KIKO System

Fantastic ... Big thanks to John

lördag 18 augusti 2012

Never to old for 'moshing' ??


I recorded this with my iPhone (not sure even if Songcast helps) just a week ago at Way Out West music festival. Fantastic ...

I never liked Blur (In favour of the Gallagher Boys) but do you know what ... they were dynamite!

fredag 17 augusti 2012

Little plug for Maeve O'Boyle *LIVE* here 20 Th Sept

I played up a new song from Maeve O'Boyle today, recorded in the Glasgow Gorbals studio, to my friend ... ex-record-shop manager, drummer and general all round music nerd whom knows everybody, has heard everything, has an opinion on everything and can tell you instantly everything about just about every band, producer, musician ever!

Quote after listening once to the song from Maeve: 

''that's a big song ... I mean ... it's not like Belle & Sebastian or something ... this is a big song ... really big! You must be talking about something like Adele has done... world wide .... that is a big song!! Proper lyrics, not like just a gingle ... a big song ''


Don't miss Maeve ''LIVE at Peoples & Schmidt'', 20th September 2012.


 

This photo is of Maeve recording in the Gorbals just two weeks ago ... with her producer in the background ...

It's too good ...


torsdag 16 augusti 2012

BBC article on how we consume music ...

There are some really good ''related articles'' on this page as well as the main article.

Last week we read how Apple implied/declared they invented high quality music downloads and are using terms in their paperwork like ''music like the artist intended'' as if it were new. I think I heard this at least as far back as 2004 ... Apple please give me a break, release your 24 Bit and make your money ... no need to pretend you started everything!

Spotify has competition from free streaming sites that use advertising for revenue and others like the French Qobuz whom are already providing CD quality streaming.

Google are being attacked for ''supporting'' pirate music with the UK music branch giving the example that if you search 'Adele' on google with their search engine, you get a long list of pirate sites giving her music away before the legitimate sites selling her music ...

What this article does show is that all the big guns are paying attention and that streaming is taking over and quality will be used for a competitive edge. The artists, on which the streaming-services music are built on will inevitably put their material on the services which pay them best and I imagine the super stars in the industry will soon or are already negotiating rates! 

It's all good for us ;)

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE

onsdag 15 augusti 2012

The Doors ...

If I am honest, the modern music listening trend of quantity ... latest releases, trendy play-lists and so on has been distracting me from my favourite bands.

I was just about to have an early night and was already brushing my teeth when I heard 'The Doors' on TV ...

Not much to do but stay up and watch the documentary ... All the usual crap about how intelligent ... drugs and women which you have to live with if watching any Music film or documentary but it was wonderful to watch in film how The Doors recorded and their Live gigs ...

If The Stone Roses put you into some melodic trance then I'd say of The Doors that they put you into a swingy, wondering self-destructive hypnosis ... 

Their music should be sold with a warning:

''Danger, listening to this music may destructively influence both teenagers and adults alike''


Amazing ... 

torsdag 9 augusti 2012

Closed from 2:30 tomorrow due to good music music in the vicinity ...

Last night I was at an open air concert in Majorna and heard a cover of Billy Bragg's 'New England'' performed by  'The Augusti Familjen' & 'The Weeping Willows (singer)'' .

 Great evening ...





However ... Billy Bragg himself, whom I've seen many times, is playing tomorrow at Way Out West festival here in Gothenburg. On top of that I have spent the day watching the waves of happy people heading to the festival just a few hundred metres up the road in Slottskugen Park.



Well there was no real choice ... Went down to Pustervik & bought a ticket: Billy Bragg, Ane Brun, First Aid Kit, Feist then Blur it is ... and allot of beer :)

www.wayoutwest.se

CLOSED FROM AROUND 2:30 pm tomorrow ...

Tel: 076 007 12 81

Article from The Telegraph (also on LINN Facebook)

The quest for higher quality digital music

Whether it's Apple's Mastered for iTunes or Neil Young's campaign for 'high resolution' audio, digital music quality is improving but whether ordinary listeners can tell the difference remains in debate.

Olympic farewell: the Games will be Blur’s final encore
Olympic farewell: the Games will be Blur’s final encore  
On Sunday, Blur will headline a Hyde Park concert marking the end of the London Olympics. For fans who want to remind themselves of Blur's heydey, the band's back catalogue has been reissued in the Mastered for iTunes format, a new initiative from Apple that promises higher quality digital downloads. Blur's seven studio albums should sound better than ever.
The music downloading era kicked off with MP3, a data compression format that reduced the file size of audio tracks to make them small enough to download over the internet while retaining as much of the original recording as possible.
The algorithms behind MP3, Apple's AAC, and other compression formats are designed to remove frequencies that most people won't be able to hear anyway. But they are still 'lossy' compression formats, however, in which some quality is sacrificed so that file sizes stay small.
Mastered for iTunes is driven by a series of guidelines from Apple to help producers make their tracks sound as good as possible before submitting them. One key recommendation is maintaining the highest possible dynamic range and resisting the modern trend for making the quiet parts louder. The theory is simple: start with the highest quality audio before compression and you should get a better sounding file afterwards.
There are three terms to understand when discussing digital audio: bit depth is the number of bits of information recorded each time the music is sampled; the sample rate is the number of times the information is sampled each second; and the bit rate describes the amount of data transmitted per second. The sampling rate needs to be greater than double the highest frequency being sampled.
A compact disc has a bit depth of 16, a sample rate of 44.1kHz and a bit rate of 1.4Mbps. Apple wants record labels to supply 24-bit, 96KHz files, which encompass a dynamic range beyond the hearing capability of the human ear. The aim is to compress those files to CD quality while retaining as much detail as possible. The end result, according to Apple, is an improved 256kbps AAC file.
It's worth noting that, Apple will retain that original high quality master, making it possible to provide even higher quality downloads later on as algorithms, download speeds and storage capacities improve. That option could prove to be a compelling reason for people to continue to subscribe to iTunes Match, the service that stores your music on Apple's iCloud service and lets you access it on all your devices.
And so Blur's catalogue, downloaded from iTunes, will sound better than ever, as will albums by Paul McCartney, John Coltrane, Nirvana and others whose work has been reissued in the new format.
One record label that has embraced Mastered for iTunes is LSO Live, the London Symphony Orchestra's record label. James Mallinson, LSO Live's producer, says Apple has "come up with algorithms that seem to do a better job of keeping the right stuff than anybody else has."
Mallinson says that although the human ear can't hear much above 22KHz - and that level declines with age - it doesn't follow that frequencies above that level can be removed from a recording without an impact.
He argues: "The missing high frequencies affect the way you perceive the lower frequencies. In other words, the ear is a much more complex organ than people thought it was. That's one of the problems with CD: there was a complete cut-off at 22k. That's not enough for your ear. Even though you can't hear a 22k sine wave, you need those higher frequencies there."
Mallinson adds: "One of the things which Mastered for iTunes has done is find a way of incorporating those higher partials into the file which ends up on iTunes."
Sampling theory is an extraordinarily complicated field - just mention the Nyquist-Shannon sampling theorem to an expert and prepare to be bewildered for an hour or so. There is widespread disagreement on how much can be removed from a piece of music without affecting quality, how much compression affects quality and how much is the result of the playback equipment, the listener's position or even their mood. You'll even find some who question the concept of 'better' or 'worse' audio quality itself.
Neil Young, the rock star, has been campaigning loudly for music to be released in even higher quality. He wants 24-bit, 192KHz files to be available. It's worth remembering that Young is something of an obsessive: he once wired up his house to be the left speaker and the barn as his right speaker so that he could listen to music from a boat in the middle of his lake.
Chris Montgomery, the creator of the Ogg Vorbis compression format, is dismissive of Young's campaign. Earlier this year, he wrote: "There are a few real problems with the audio quality and 'experience' of digitally distributed music today. 24/192 solves none of them."
In a very thorough article, Montogomery argued that 192kHz offered no benefits over files with lower sample rates and that 24-bit files could be useful in recording and mastering but offered no advantages in playback. The added frequencies are simply inaudible to the human ear. Numerous tests, Montgomery argues, have shown that listeners cannot reliably discriminate between audio played back at 16-bit, 44.1kHz and audio played at a supposedly 'high definition' quality.
But Montgomery isn't saying that audio quality can't improve. He sees 'lossless' formats as an answer to badly encoded audio files and is encouraged by the possibility that Mastered for iTunes will encourage music producers to deliver better masters. He wrote: "What remains to be seen is whether or not Apple and the others actually 'get it' or if this is merely a hook for selling consumers yet another, more expensive copy of music they already own."

What quality of digital music do you prefer?
High-end audio manufacturer Linn, which has been selling 24-bit, 192Khz files of its own recordings for a while and earlier this year added albums from Universal records to its store.
Gilad Tiefenbrun, Linn's managing director, says the company, which had never really liked CD players, is embracing high quality downloads. He says: "Once you increase the headroom - the potential of the sound - there is the incentive for audio engineers to up their game. The quality of our recordings over the last few years has improved exponentially."
Where digital audio files were once mostly listened to through earbuds on MP3 players or on cheap computer speakers, they are now a mainstay of the living room. Linn's range of network music players, though not cheap, are designed to play your music and connect to your television, Blu-ray player or even stream from iPlayer.
Tiefenbrun says: "It's about getting high quality sound from the myriad sound sources in the modern home."

Tiefenbrun believes that the future will be multi-format. "You can have MP3 for your portable stuff," he says, but at home, where storage space is less of a problem, why not have higher quality files? He adds: "We're at the beginning of a journey that is pretty much unstoppable now."
For Blur fans who have worn out their vinyl copy of 1993's Modern Life Is Rubbish, digital downloads might soon be able to offer an experience that is just as good. Modern Life might not be that bad after all.

Linn Kiko Review

28,000 Kr

Stuff says 5 Hot Buy

Sleek, compact and with an excellent sound, Kiko looks like a winner for style victims and streaming fanatics alike
linn kiko review

Linn Kiko – introduction

Up to now, Linn’s DS music streamers have been more about function than form – all that changes with the ultra-compact Kiko, a £2500 ‘just add computer’ solution complete with curvaceous styling, active speakers, a choice of six colours and slick setup wizard. Even better, it also sounds the business.

Linn Kiko – design and build

The Kiko main unit is half the width of regular hi-fi components, can be used standing on end, and the ‘wing’ cross section makes its metal casework pretty distinctive. And you can have it in a choice of black, white, silver, ‘champagne’ or light or dark blue

Linn Kiko – controls

Apart from a power rocker on the side panel (or the top if you use it on end) Kiko has no controls whatsoever. You operate it either with the slimline silver handset, which has buttons labeled with slightly obscure pictograms (you’ll get used to them) or preferably using Linn’s Kinsky software on computer or iOS/Android handset.

Linn Kiko – display

Yes, the front panel will show you a Linn logo when it fires up, and volume numbers, but beyond that all you get are those pictograms again. To play music on your networked computer or handheld you’ll either need the Kinsky app or Songcast, which lets you ‘play to’ Kiko.

linn kiko review

Linn Kiko – speakers

Each speaker drive unit is driven by a separate amplifier within the Kiko unit for the best possible amp/speaker matching. It really makes a difference, too – this might be a dinky little system, but it delivers awesome sound from punchy bass to smooth, involving treble whether you’re playing hard rock or Linn-label jazz. Ni-i-ice.
Review continues after the break...

Linn Kiko – connectivity

As well as playing all the music stored on your local network the little Kiko can also access web services such as Spotify via AirPlay on an iDevice or Songcast. It’s easily incorporated into your existing system, too, thanks to digital audio inputs and HDMI ins and outs for video. The only disappointment is that it has to be wired to your router – there’s no Wi-Fi.

Linn Kiko – verdict

With foolproof installation and set-up, thanks to clever design and a neat installation wizard, plus the fact it comes complete with speakers, we can see Kiko selling the streaming idea to a lot of new customers. But we really would have liked a proper front-panel display to enable it to be used without computer or tablet control.

Comments







firebrandyouth

6 days ago

Great little system - doesn't need wi-fi anyway, just use Homeplugs and you get better performance, no drop-outs even with high res music streaming!

onsdag 8 augusti 2012

Maeve O'Boyle 'LIVE' @ P&S 20 th Sept


The above photograph is of Maeve during a 'Live studio recording' for a promotional video for the upcoming album. It's no secret that I am one of her best fans but this song & video has freaked me out. I've watched it 30 times and 30 times I have got goose bumps!

Maeve is simply outstanding, world class ...

Welcome to ''Live @ Peoples & Schmidt'' 20th September for an up close and personal performance.

Please email martin@peoplesandschmidt.com or call 076 007 12 81 to reserve your place. (Limited numbers) 

http://www.maeveoboyle.com/

lördag 4 augusti 2012

Shop taking shape after semester ...

** Please note the new telephone number 076 007 12 81**

 

 

 

 

 

The main room is just waiting for the arrival of the new Kiko system which will hopefully be with us next Wednesday ...

I am always impressed by what Unik speakers can do and they really deliver even in our huge room (driven with my little favourite Majik DSM). 

Just 4000 kr and the size of a book and still deliver the full register just beautifully ... ironically for their size, they can be a little 'heavy' on the bass but I think that just makes them more attractive for allot of people.

fredag 3 augusti 2012

I want this bus!

Semester finished! We are open again! ** Please note the new telephone number 076 007 12 81**

After an extended semester during which we installed a completely new ceiling (50 Kg/m2 gyps suspended on a spring system to help with sound proofing) to open possibilities for more live events and even studio recording.

Though the goal was always sound proofing and not enhancement we did get the latter as a little bonus!

Welcome to Peoples & Schmidt. Linnegatan 5. tel 076 007 12 81
Open: Tuesday/Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00 Thurs/Fri 11:00 - 18:00 Saturday 10:00 - 14:00. 
Private bookings/times always available to suit your needs.

During the break LINN of course launched the all new LINN KIKO system which is already receiving great press. This article is from Stuff but ''What HiFi'' also done a great article and will further review the system in the coming weeks.

Linn Kiko Review

28,000 Kr

Stuff says 5 Hot Buy

Sleek, compact and with an excellent sound, Kiko looks like a winner for style victims and streaming fanatics alike
linn kiko review

Linn Kiko – introduction

Up to now, Linn’s DS music streamers have been more about function than form – all that changes with the ultra-compact Kiko, a £2500 ‘just add computer’ solution complete with curvaceous styling, active speakers, a choice of six colours and slick setup wizard. Even better, it also sounds the business.

Linn Kiko – design and build

The Kiko main unit is half the width of regular hi-fi components, can be used standing on end, and the ‘wing’ cross section makes its metal casework pretty distinctive. And you can have it in a choice of black, white, silver, ‘champagne’ or light or dark blue

Linn Kiko – controls

Apart from a power rocker on the side panel (or the top if you use it on end) Kiko has no controls whatsoever. You operate it either with the slimline silver handset, which has buttons labeled with slightly obscure pictograms (you’ll get used to them) or preferably using Linn’s Kinsky software on computer or iOS/Android handset.

Linn Kiko – display

Yes, the front panel will show you a Linn logo when it fires up, and volume numbers, but beyond that all you get are those pictograms again. To play music on your networked computer or handheld you’ll either need the Kinsky app or Songcast, which lets you ‘play to’ Kiko.

linn kiko review

Linn Kiko – speakers

Each speaker drive unit is driven by a separate amplifier within the Kiko unit for the best possible amp/speaker matching. It really makes a difference, too – this might be a dinky little system, but it delivers awesome sound from punchy bass to smooth, involving treble whether you’re playing hard rock or Linn-label jazz. Ni-i-ice.
Review continues after the break...

Linn Kiko – connectivity

As well as playing all the music stored on your local network the little Kiko can also access web services such as Spotify via AirPlay on an iDevice or Songcast. It’s easily incorporated into your existing system, too, thanks to digital audio inputs and HDMI ins and outs for video. The only disappointment is that it has to be wired to your router – there’s no Wi-Fi.

Linn Kiko – verdict

With foolproof installation and set-up, thanks to clever design and a neat installation wizard, plus the fact it comes complete with speakers, we can see Kiko selling the streaming idea to a lot of new customers. But we really would have liked a proper front-panel display to enable it to be used without computer or tablet control.

Comments







  1. firebrandyouth

    6 days ago

    Great little system - doesn't need wi-fi anyway, just use Homeplugs and you get better performance, no drop-outs even with high res music streaming!