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at the marten site. Have a look!
Last weekend was a busy one in Paris. We went to the Haute-Fidélité show together with Aphrodite’s Melody and exhibited Django L and Getz 2. Great show with a lot of interest as you can see:) Thanks to everyone that came and made for a fun Show.
One evening not long ago we went to see wonder child James Blake at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London. A wonderful experience of sound, light and music. There have been a lot of superlatives mentioned about this guy before but we thought it wouldn’t hurt to add some to the collection.
He has an incredible talent of making his recorded electronic Dubstep inspired music sound extremely warm and fuzzy. When he performs this live it has an even more warm and personable. He has an incredible control over his voice and records the imaginative backing vocals on spot until it reaches some kind of nirvana of unusual harmonies. Even though the control of the voice it only sounds as if just happens, that it’s just the way he sings and always did without any training. During the concert you become embedded into his world of warm, and beautifully moody sounds and even the dadaism-ish sampled lyrics become sort of meaningful and poetic: Look I found her red coat, look I found her, DAMN!
Well done Mr Blake, we will make an effort to see you again.
Photo by Siamak Amini
This weekend we had four very talented ladies here. Sjöströmska Kvartetten is a string quartet based in Gothenburg that has been around since 2007. They were very thorough and professional which suited our special project perfectly. We will tell you more about this in a while. It’s exciting stuff.
This weekend our distributor Absolute Hi End in Australia was showing our Django L at the ‘Australian Audio & AV Show 13‘ in Melbourne. Great show all round with loads of good music and audiophiles. We hope you had the opportunity to visit.
Brian Taylor at ‘The Gramophone’ tells us:
“We will be showing the Marten Django XL along with Luxman amplification and their new DSD DAC along with Esoteric CD/SACD player, the AMG Turntable and Tonearm, Benz Cartridge, Musical Surroundings Nova Phono Stage and Audiodesk Systeme Vinyl cleaners. It is our room but Garth Leerer of Musical Surroundings will be helping as he has done dozens of shows over the past 25 years and he is the distributor of the AMG table for the world outside of Europe.”
Please come for a listen if you are around. It looks like it will sound awesome.
A few days ago we had the opportunity to go to one of the concerts of the year. The Icelandic icon Björk put on a spectacular show at London’s Alexandra Palace. The venue has a bit of a reputation for bad sound quality but we didn’t need to worry as Björk evidently has a rather high quality control.
No photography or filming was allowed but people didn’t seem to care much. We would never disobey Björk though so we didn’t take more than one photo before it started but we can tell you that it sounded and looked great.
The stage was placed in the middle of the hall and had lots of massive wooden machine like things that sometimes started moving when the music went particularly industrial. And it often did, extremely heavy stuff that blew you away. In contrast to this she had the Icelandic women’s choir ‘Graduale Nobili‘ that juxtaposed the bassy beats brilliantly. The favourite was ‘Isobel‘ where the choir mimicked the intricate string section, originally arranged by Brazilian composer Eumir Deodato.
They also filmed the whole show for a dvd release (or maybe TV, we don’t know) so after some of the songs, Björk kindly asked if they could do a repeat, and no one complained of course. At the end of it she said: ‘God, I’ve never chatted this much at a show’ which makes us wonder how quiet she would be if the filming wouldn’t have been going on. We guess she’s all about performing and not entertaining. And that she does brilliantly.
We ♥ you Björk
Django L. It is rather impressing that you can get so much music for the money. What are you waiting for? Get out there and listen!
We’re in lovely Kuala Lumpur at the moment at the yearly KL International AV Show 2013. Jörgen will even have a Q & A session with Hans-Ole Vitus (of Vitus Audio and Alluxity) at Swedish Statement – Starhill 4 room at 5pm on Saturday. Come an ask him something if you’re in the area! Or just come anyway.
KL International AV Show 2013
Dates : 5 to 7 July 2013
Time : Friday, Saturday & Sunday : 10.00am to 7.30pm
Venue : JW Marriott Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
Photo credit: Idlan Zakaria