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BBC Proms 2017 in Binaural and Lossless Sound

Many thanks for Owen for nudging me with regards to the BBC Proms this year. It does seem as though they have abandoned the Surround experiment in favour of Binaural

Owen sent this list of the live binaural broadcasts, which are available here.

The BBC is also broadcasting (i assume just the stereo feed) losslessly, using FLAC, which is available here

The Binaural Proms are (all time are UK BST)
Prom 1 – 14 July, 7.30pm
Prom 6 – 18 July, 7.00pm
Prom 7 – 19 July, 7.30pm
Prom 12 – 23 July, 6.00pm
Prom 13 – 24 July, 7.30pm
Prom 21 – 30 July, 7.00pm
Prom 23 – 1 August, 7.30pm
Prom 29 – 6 August, 6.00pm
Prom 37 – 13 August, 6.00pm
Prom 38 – 13 August, 9.45pm
Prom 43 – 17 August, 6.30pm
Prom 44 – 17 August, 10.15pm
Prom 47 – 20 August, 1.00pm
Prom 54 – 25 August, 6.30pm
Prom 60 – 29 August, 7.30pm
Prom 69 – 4 September, 7.30pm
Prom 71 – 6 September, 7.00pm
Prom 72 – 7 September, 6.30pm
Prom 73 – 7 September, 9.30pm
Prom 75 – 9 September, 7.15pm

The (dreadful) state of the Quadraphonic community

I’ve been forced to break my silence here because of the continued idiocy of those that are thought to be ‘In the know’ and ‘those to be followed’ in what it believes to be the font of all knowledge when it comes to all things Quadraphonic.

I feel sorry for those who know little, to nothing, of the heyday of quad in that all they have to go on is the tripe that is spurted out by these people held in (false) esteem. It is the one sadness that i have that i’ll be leaving having barely made a dent in these peoples strangle hold on the community.

What has brought this about (again) is the following statement by ‘kap’n krunch’ on a subject he quite obviously knows nothing about, in every respect:

Having done QC for this release, and for some insane reason, not stating ANYWHERE that it’s a DVD-A, I can attest to the fact that it was NOT an SQ decode.

First of all, you can not get that kind of separation even with the best of scripts (just listen to the perfect separation of the drums on the left rear, no way josé that it’s a decode.)

Second, I saw a note written by an engineer who did a transfer from the MASTER of one of Yes’  LANDMARK albums a YEAR after it was recorded and he found all kinds of imperfections; “surface noise”, clicks, etc.
Guys, remember , analog tape is great but it’s not perfect!
And this was a 40 year old tape!!! (and not even the 1st gen master!)

I was quite amused to listen to it and having it sound better than what I remember listening before it was released.

Yes, the cover is VERY sloppy; no info on who did what and the typos that remind me of the ELP BSS SACD (STS anyone??)… LPCDM??? DTX????  oh well..we got it and, as opposed to the “King Arthur” one which is a DISASTER, this one is quite enjoyable…I’ll give it a healthy 8.

So, you can attest that it’s not an SQ decode? Really? How? I certainly don’t remember you contacting ME (the person who actually did the (pre-phoenix) decode for, and used, on that release. The Quad master tapes most certainly were not available for any of the Rick Wakeman releases.

Where have you been living, the separation issue on SQ has long been broken (by myself), and may i state that if you think the level of separation is impressive (thank you for the back-handed complement) then you’ll be shocked just how more impressive the possibilities are now!

You continue to to use scripts from the dark past, wake up, things have greatly moved on in the world. All you do is to show just how little you, and the rest of the know-nothings there, actually know.

That release was/is, in my view, very poor and very badly treated by the compression happy ‘Abbey Road’ studios. That release is an embarrassment, so much so that i made available to a handful (literally) of people a uncompressed Phoenix decode in compensation as Universal were willing to do nothing to right what Abbey Road had done to it.

So people, please be warned, those who confess to know it all in a certain place are of this level. Basically they are technically devoid of anything resembling fact and are to be treated with the highest contempt. Unfortunately there is nowhere i can suggest to go for the facts, if that’s what you are requiring.

Great Romantic Organ Music

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This release is another from a record label (York) that released Ambisonic/UHJ albums, that unfortunately closed it’s doors many years ago. There doesn’t appear to be anyone making these recordings available now so we are reliant on sourcing the original releases.

Thankfully i have a, slowly growing, reasonably sized collection, so there’s at least one person attempting to archive the labels output should they never see the light of day again.

Release: DSC152u2q

Source: Ambisonic/UHJ CD

Process: U2Q


Tim Souster – Equalisation & Sonata

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Release: DSC125u2q

Source: Ambi-UHJ CD

Process: U2Q


Vaughan Williams – Symphonies 5 & 6

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Collins released a number of classical albums in Ambisonics/UHJ, but they shut down many years ago and only one or two of the labels catologue have appeared since, so there’s the possibility that these recordings will never be heard by the growing number of audiophiles discovering the great surround recordings of the past.

This labels Ambisonic/UHJ albums are getting hard to track down at a respectable price, in fact this is only the second of two that i have (the other being the previously released “Tippett: A Child Of Our Time

Release: DSC151u2q

Source: Ambisonic/UHJ CD

Process: U2Q


Staggered Closedown

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Originally i was going to do a mass release of titles i had either completed, partly done or had planned to do, but it was quite a project and nothing was getting done.

Owen suggested i break it down, which after much thought, i have done. It will follow in four parts:  UHJ, Dolby Surround, QS and lastly SQ.

After that DS600 will be released to finally close the doors.

I hope you find the collection (over the two blogs) of releases of some small interest.

Saint-Saens – Piano Concerto No.3

This is the second, and last, of the unlisted CBS quadraphonic releases.

Also includes: Rhapsodie d’Auvergne Op.73, Caprise-Valse “Wedding Cake”Op.76, & Fantasie “Africa” Op.89.

L’Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse conducted by Michel Plasson.

Release: DSC107p

Source: SQ CD

Process: ‘Phoenix’