Preservation Sound Radio: May 10 2017: setlist and link to listen

(this show was broadcast live on WPKN FM 89.5 on May 10, but you can listen to it at this archive link -click here)

Class Info “Out of Line” from The Minimal Wave Tapes, Vol. Two

Gary Numan “Me! I Disconnect from You” from Living Ornaments ‘79

Falco “auf der fluct” from auf der fluct

Polyrock “Romantic Me” from Polyrock

Nico and the Faction “My Heart is Empty” from Camera Obscura

Kate Bush “cloud busting” from cloud busting

Fleetwood Mac “Seven Wonders (Remastered)” from Tango In the Night (Remastered)

Au Pairs “Don’t Lie Back” from Sense and Sensuality

Sheila E. “The Glamorous Life” from The Glamorous Life

Orange Juice “Mud in Your Eye” from Coals to Newcastle

Allez Allez “Wrap Your Legs (Around Your Head)” from Allez Allez: Best of

The Style Council “All Gone Away” from Our Favourite Shop

Billy Ocean “African Queen” from African Queen – Single

The Human League “seconds” from Dare

Cameo “Word Up (Original 12″ Club Mix)” from Funk Essentials – The 12″ Collection and More: Cameo

Mechanical Servants “Problem What Problem” from Problem What Problem/Protecting – Single

Momus “The Hairstyle of the Devil” from single

New Order “Blue Monday (12″ Version)” from single

Martin Dupont “just because” from Lost and Late…

The Psychedelic Furs “Yes I Do (Merry-Go-Round)” from Forever Now

David Bowie “Cat People (Putting Out Fire)” from Let’s Dance – Single

Jane Birkin “Baby Alone In Babylone” from Birkin / Gainsbourg : Le symphonique

World Party “Ship of Fools” from Private Revolution

Crowded House “Don’t dream it’s over” from Crowded House

Corey Hart “Never Surrender” from Corey Hart: The Singles

Yaz “iN MY ROOM” from Upstairs at Eric’s

Warp 9 “Light Years Away (Original)” from single

Depeche Mode “Stripped” from Black Celebration

Simple Minds “Book of Brilliant Things” from Sparkle in the Rain

The Sugarcubes “birthday” from Life’s Too Good

Public Image Ltd. “Rise” from Album

Squeeze “Take Me I’m Yours” from Squeeze

Mazarati “stroke” from single

Neil Young “Mr. Soul” from Trans

Material “Busting Out (feat. Nona Hendryx, Fred Maher, Bill Laswell, Michael Beinhorn)” from One Down

Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark “Telegraph (2008 Remaster)” from Dazzle Ships

Tina Turner “better be good to me” from single

Missing Persons “Rock and Roll Suspension” from Spring Session M

Sharon “let the music play” from let the music play

Shannon “Let the Music Play” from Let the Music Play

Tears for Fears “Shout” from Songs From the Big Chair (Deluxe)

 

Support Independent Free Form Radio! WPKN 89.5 FM needs a new transmitter – you can help

Hey y’all – if you’ve been reading this site for a while, you will know that I DJ regularly on WPKM FM 89.5 here in Bridgeport.  WPKN is a listener-supported 10,000-watt FM station which has been here, totally non-commercial and free-form since 1963.  It’s an incredible thing in this day and age.  All of the DJs (myself included) are volunteers, as are 99% of the staff.  Now, you know how much I love old janky sound equipment.  But sometimes, new really is better, and we need a new transmitter to blast our weirdo music thru another half-century.  Here’s how you can help.  And yes WPKN is a legit non-profit corp so your donation is tax-deductible.

Click here to read more, and to donate.  Thank you for listening!

Terminal Radio 1949 Recording and High-Fidelity Catalog

Download the entire 16pp TERMINAL RADIO Recording and Hi-Fidelity Equipment catalog:

DOWNLOAD: Terminal_Radio_1949_Catalog

Products covered, with text, some specs, and photos, include: Brush Magnetic tape recorders BK414, 710B, 810, and 808 Twin-trak; hi-fi tube amps from Brooks (10C3, 12A3), Meissner 9-1093 tuner amp and  9-1091C, RJ-12A tuners; tuners from Browning, Many Stephens Tru-sonic speaker systems and drivers including P-63HF, P-52A, P-52LX, P-52HF; Hi fi amps including Scott 210-A, Fisher SA-1, Altec Lansing 323B, Newcomb HLP-14A, Bogen PX-15, Thordarson 31W10AX; Bell 2122, Masco MA-12EZand Rauland 1825; FM tuners from Espey, Meissner, Craftsmen, Howard; Customode hi-fi furniture and cabinetry; Altec drivers including the 603B, 600B, 400B; Jensen drivers incl. JRP40, HNP-51, JAP-60; Cinaudagraph speakers CIN-12A, 15B, 15C; and so, so, so much more.

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“I Am Another You” debuts at SXSW Festival this Weekend, MAR 10

Earlier this year Nathan Halpern and I scored Nanfu Wang’s new film “I am another you.” The film debuts at the SXSW film festival this weekend, and INDIEWIRE just named it “one of 13 must-see films” at the fest. We previously worked with Nanfu on her Oscar-shortlisted doc Hooligan Sparrow , and I am another you will only strengthen her reputation as one of the freshest, boldest new filmmakers out there. I am v v proud of my work on this project; it’s a beautiful and fascinating film and i was able to use a lot of new techniques and sounds for the first time in a production.

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Lost to time: Check out the Fairchild 627 Equalizer circa 195nvr

fairchild_627_equalizerApologies for the poor image quiality; these came from the research department of a long-gone British broadcast-gear-manufacturer via some dampish papers that I purchased recently from a rare-books-dealer in London.  I had never heard of the Fairchild 627 ‘Variable Equalizer,’ even though I recently sold an example of its (even-more-rare) predecessor the model 540, which in retrospect seems to be the ‘boost’ sections of the 627 plus a mic preamp plus a 20-watt cutter-head power amp.  Well shit.  Now i wish I had measured the values of the triple-ganged frequency-select pots.  Why?  We will get to that in a minute.

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A quick google search suggests that there are thought to be only 5 Fairchild 627 equalizers in existence.  One seems to have sold on eBay recently in the $7000 region.  The 627 is a line-level EQ with continuously variable low and high bell boost sections as well as high and low roll offs. Unlike a Pultec, though, it is an active EQ, and it uses some pretty unusual circuitry – especially the high-cut section, which I don’t comprehend at all.

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fairchild_627_equalizer_schematicOne point to note: T2 should be wired to reverse phase.  I was v excited to find this schematic, because it seems like a pretty easy piece to build – there is no mention of the proper B+ voltage, but 250 is generally a safe bet; there are no weird inductors (the UTC S-23 plate-load choke is an off-the shelf part, so we know its specs  -5000ohm DC, 300 henries); the audio transformers don’t need to handle DC and the turns ratios are spec’d:  BUT:  But.  Those triple-ganged pots.  WTF do we do about them?

Can anyone crack this case? Any insights, pls let us know in the comments section.

On the plus-side:  at very minimum, this schematic does reveal an excellent and easy way to implement a 6E5 seeing-eye tube simply paralleled to a grid in the audio path.  So at very least, now i know how to use those v excellent things in my mic preamps.  Way more evil than a VU meter.

Also: the 6SN7 output section is a neat little self-contained module; def worth trying it with a Hammond 156C choke and an Edcor 15K:600 1/2 watt.   The 156C is the closest modern part to the S23 spec; it is rated 150h and 3.7K ohm, seems close enough?  I used onna these on a hunch in my OP6-semi-clone and it worked just fine in that application, so I am guessing it may work fine here as well.  fairchild_627_boost_curvesfairchild_627_high_low_frequency_rolloffsfairchild_627_curves_2

 

TABLES ::: Live ::: Firehouse 12 New Haven CT Thurs 12.15.16 – Tix on sale now!

tables_groupphoto_2016Hey y’all – my synth group TABLES will be playing our 2nd-ever show at FIREHOUSE 12 in New Haven CT next Thursday 12.15.16.

Show starts at 9PM with drone duo HIKO MEN (Brooklyn) as the opening set.

Tickets are $10 at the door, and $8 at this link when you use the promo code TABLES.

Carlos from Safety Meeting Records will have copies of our debut 12″ LP for sale at the show.

Firehouse 12 is an amazing place to see a show; truly like no other venue.

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New Series SOUNDBREAKING feat our original score airing now

firefoxscreensnapz001SOUNDBREAKING is on air in the US now!  Nathan Halpern and I scored this fantastic PBS 8-hour miniseries earlier this year, and it was truly a dream assignment for me.  Whether you know a lot or a little about music production, the show is certain to be illuminating.   Read a great review that ran today in the Hollywood Reporter.  It’s on television in the US now, and available online here.

Our Annual Tag Sale Event – NOV 12/13 Bridgeport CT !!!!

img_7327Yes it’s that time again: Open Studios at the American Fabrics Artists’ space in historic Bridgeport CT.  As per usual we will be offering our annual TAG SALE event.  Much rad audio / recording /musical stuff for sale at well below typical online / ebay prices.  Used and vintage hi fi gear, rack equipment, vintage microphones, NOS audio tubes, transformers, blah di d blah blah blah

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American Fabric Arts Building

1069 Connecticut Avenue Bridgeport, CT, 06607 United States

Ample on-site off-street parking

In the “IMPRACTICAL LABOR” studio, third floor, rear side, near the elevator.

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