Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Velvet Kente Afro Soul Funk Dance Party - LIVE

In the beginning there was Africa. And it was funky. It’s soul was funky to the core, a heart pulsating in a poly-rhythmic now now time signature…and else that is sonically hallowed followed. We Aural Baptists have come together to kneel at the altar of that sacred source of sound. We bring gifts and sacrifices. They are the formed art of Afrobeat and Ethiojazz. Funky Folk from the Congo. Highlife and the soul of Mauritius and much, much more. In the names of Mulatu Astatke, Hugh Masekela, Franco, Ebo Taylor, Manu Dibango, Femi Kuti, and all that came before. We do so with the faith the all who kneel with us, spirits prostrate and open, will be change and expanded for the better. Join us for this installment of the VK Soul Dance Party, and rock your struttin shoes, or none at all. Blessings and Light. VK Personnel: Jamal Lee – Drums Tim Anthony – Keys, Vocals Judson Spillyards – Guitars Ryan Hitt – Bass joshua. – Guitar, Vocals, Percussion Norman Williamson – Tenor Sax Gerald Johnson – Saxophones Cliff Hawkins – Trumpet Walter Henderson – Trumpet Rodney Block - Trumpet Ryan D. Davis – Percussion.

When I read the description of the band I had to go see them. Then when I get there I found out they were local. How could such a hot highlife afro funk band possibly get under my radar... 

I did know enough to get there early. There was a line out the door and they packed the White Water Tavern and the back deck.

The lead singer had the perfect voice for highlife and afrofunk. 
They somehow managed to put 10 people on that little stage.
Velvet Kente An Aural Babtism

Friday, July 27, 2012

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Robert Koprowski's Manger Horn Of Great Style

I saw this post last week and have not been able to get it out of my head. This is a beautiful piece of audio art.
Transducer - 1.2 W05 MANGER MSW- MANGER MTC0803-8 ”
Impedance - 4 Ω
Operating Frequency - 25 Hz-20 kHz (+/-3 dB)
Efficiency - 86 dB 1W/1m Power - 100W
External Crossover division at - 150 Hz
Column weight - 40 kg and 21 kg crossover
Dimensions - 1.3 x 0.5 x 0.5 m
Skeleton enclosure - wood
Thickness of casing - 10-20mm

Anechoic chamber measurements: Accuracy: ± 1 dB 20 Hz to 10 kHz ± 2 dB from 10 to 20kHz Max SPL: 130 dB.

Here is an article about it but turn on your translator.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Theater Remnants BTH

The b-52's 1978 Atlanta Downtown Cafe

I remember the first time I heard The B-52's first two records. Don't think I listened to much else for a while after that...

Click the links because some douche disabled embedding on youtube.. But really I didn't know footage this early existed.

Hero Worship

Rock Lobster

52 Girls

Devils In My Care

Dance This Mess Around

I have to have one embedded video so here is an early Rock Lobster video. This is the first one before it became abit of a hit.

hmm lagavulin scotch on a monday no wait its tuesday 8-)

Friday, July 20, 2012

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Klipsch KP-600 Article

This article was posted on the Klipsch forums. I'm a KP-600 fan love at first sound and I like the compact size. The specs are very good and for roadies it was a simple and comparatively light weight.
For a little perspective here are for along with the Klipsch Motengators.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Techno Lust Horn #69

Now this is a horn. If I found this in a shop I'm not sure I could keep a poker face...

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Urban Fidelity

I'm not a huge open baffle fan but I like Urban Fidelity style and the pricing is very affordable. I think I saw $399 a pair.. I'd love to have a Dali or Bosch themes pair of speakers. Check out these examples.
The website is minimal as they are using kickstarter to get this company rolling. I hope they get the funding required.


Friday, July 13, 2012

Retro Hi-Fi Girl Friday

More proof as to why records are so scratchy when you buy used records from girls.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Western Electric TA7098 horn

1930 Western Electric TA7098 horn with TA7101 speaker box/baffle. This system was designed to be used with the ASO 6459 flat (baffle) extension. The ASO 6459 was supplied in 4 sections , which , when assembled make a 7' x 8' flat baffle. This unit was removed from a simplex theatre system where it was used with a 13.5 inch bass speaker. No it is not mine but something I spotted in an ad recently. Apparently this ad was a scam but still cool pics.

Vintage UK Lockwood Speakers

Lockwood speakers used BTH and Tannoy drivers.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

BTH British Thomson Houston - Duplex Speakers

Here is some vintage British BTH duplex speaker porn. The BTH speakers are pretty rare and I have a hard time coming up with documentation. These are examples of two of their duplex speakers. I believe the cabinet is made by Lockwood which I am unfamiliar with but will start researching. If anyone has scans of BTH documentation please pass them my way. The theater sound systems they did were very nice.
Other than keeping foreign materials out of the driver does the covering serve any other function?
This driver is beautiful. Not sure how it sounds but I really like the looks of it.