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Yet another nail in the coffin of physical media

Author: Colin | Published: 5/1/09

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Aaargh! Would you believe it, the 11,060th and last piano roll was produced by QRS Music Technologies recently.

Via: Retro Thing
Story: The Buffalo News: ‘The Day The Music Died’

Sklotz_Kolgen – Silent Room

Author: Colin | Published: 4/1/09
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Artist: Skoltz Kolgen with various others including Akira Rabelais, Steve Roden, Ryoichi Kurokawa et al
Title: Silent Room
Label: Skoltz Kolgen
Year: 2007
Designer: design and photography Skoltz_Kolgen
Type of music: Ambient
Notes: Sincere thanks from me (if not my wallet!) to Isauro Gonzalez M for the heads up about this release as I’d not heard of it at all. It took more than two months to come by land from Canada in which time I almost gave up on it, but it finally arrived and I’m glad it did. The whole thing is beautifully designed and comprises a large book of images and texts, DVD (both NTSC and PAL formats) and two CDs. There are only a 1000 of these so if you’re tempted, don’t hesitate too long.

Here’s Lucinda Catchlove’s description of the project from the booklet:

The two sound projects, Apartment Music and Chamber Music, were conceived five years after the original concept for Silent Room. Created to accompany the DVD version of Silent Room, both are conceptual extensions of the original project that offer additional meditations upon intimacy, idiosyncracy, isolation, interior space, formal structure and informal fluidity. Both sound projects reach out to other artists for intimate material, whether it’s a fragment of music to be played with by Skoltz Kolgen or an invited artist’s interpretation of their own living room.

Happy new year!

Author: Colin | Published: 3/1/09
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2008

Here’s hoping you had a lovely Christmas and New Year and that 2009 is a happy and fruitful one for you all.

Hard Format is 20 months old – we’ve published 98 album posts and 40 news posts to date and hope to bring you many more. We’re thinking of expanding the site a bit in the coming year and we’d love to hear from you if you have any ideas or contributions you want to make – email us. We also love to receive comments on the posts, so please don’t hesitate to do that if you’re so inclined.

Justin’s working on his end of year list of favourite music, my own one runs to two posts. It might even be three if I get round to writing about all the fine things I’d missed and am now catching up on via other people’s end of year lists. Here they are, comments always welcome!

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