Stop listening to Music on YouTube – seriously!

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry11 Comments

Seriously, do yourself a favour and stop it – you deserve better. Yes, it’s convenient, and yes, sometimes it’s nice to watch the accompanied music video; it can even be a great way to discover new artists or rare releases. But please, please don’t use it as your primary listening platform.

5 Things You Need to Get Started with Vinyl Today

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry, Reviews6 Comments

So, you’ve decided to start collecting vinyl. At this stage, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about the resurgence in vinyl records. You might even have heard about the increased dynamic range with which many records are mastered when compared to their digital counterparts. But most of all, the chances are you’re hooked on the allure of vinyl as a … Read More

Is Rock Dead, Dying, or Just Changing?

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As a guitar player and someone who was brought up on classic rock music, a recent article by Classic Rock Magazine (CR) caught my attention. It poses the question, “Is Rock Dying?” and acts as a prelude to their 25 page report on “The Crisis Facing Rock”.

Vinyl vs CD In The Loudness War

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry, Tech Talk25 Comments

In my previous post “HMV & The Future of Music Retail?” I briefly highlighted the loudness war and the resurgence of vinyl. I now want to explain exactly what I meant by the growing appeal of vinyl when taking the loudness war into consideration, and why I believe many people choose to buy vinyl over digital alternatives. So here goes: Many audiophiles have long … Read More

HMV & The Future of Music Retail?

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry3 Comments

I recently paid a visit to my local HMV, which is something I haven’t done for a while, but what really struck me was how much things had moved on from when I was a regular browser of the rock & pop section. I knew CD sales were in decline, but nowhere is this more strikingly obvious than in stores like HMV. … Read More

Musique Concrète – Pioneering Electronic Music – Part1

Marc HenshallCulture & Industry8 Comments

Introduction to Musique Concrète During World War Two the first tape recorder was used by the Nazi propaganda machine to broadcast material edited using a dextrous razor blade. The arrival of these machines into the rest of Europe after the war came as quite a shock and persuaded Britain to develop their own machines based on the German design.  Although … Read More