Mar 2, 2015

RhoDeo 1509 A New Hope 12

Hello, so i watched last weeks Oscar winner, Birdman yesterday can't say i was very impressed, apparently it was the filming technique that stood out but aren't there other catagories for that ? I'm no filmbuff and haven't seen that many movies last year-most await viewing but if Birdman was the best Hollywood had to offer in 2014 then it's in serious trouble....

A long time ago in a galaxy far far away...................

At first, the idea seems bizarre, even ridiculous. Star Wars, a movie best known for its vistas of alien worlds and epic battles, as a 13 part radio drama? Well, unless you have the cold heart of a Sith, Star Wars did indeed translate well from the silver screen to radio, thank you very much. Yes, Star Wars' visual effects are a big part of the magic of the saga, but the heart and soul of George Lucas' galaxy far, far away are the characters and the storyline. And while the movie is satisfying on its own, the radio dramatization written by the late Brian Daley takes us beyond the movie....beyond the screenplay...and even beyond the novelization.

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Produced by National Public Radio, with the cooperation of Lucasfilm, Ltd.

When this series was first broadcast on National Public Radio in 1981, it generated the largest response in the network's history: 50,000 letters and phone calls in a single week, an audience of 750,000 per episode, and a subsequent 40-percent jump in NPR listenership.

This landmark production, perhaps the most ambitious radio project ever attempted, began when Star Wars creator George Lucas donated the story rights to an NPR affiliate. Writer Brian Daley adapted the film's highly visual script to the special demands and unique possibilities of radio, creating a more richly textured tale with greater emphasis on character development. Director John Madden guided a splendid cast—including Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels, reprising their film roles as Luke Skywalker and the persnickety robot See Threepio—through an intense 10 day dialogue recording session. Then came months of painstaking work for virtuoso sound engineer Tom Voegeli, whose brilliant blending of the actors' voices, the music, and hundreds of sound effects takes this intergalactic adventure into a realm of imagination that is beyond the reach of cinema.

By expanding the movie's story beyond its two hour running time, the Radio Drama allows us to catch glimpses of Luke Skywalker's life BEFORE the movie. It tells us how Princess Leia acquired the Death Star plans....and what, exactly, happened to her during her interrogation aboard the Empire's battle station...(it is an interesting scene, but not for the squeamish, by the way). In short, by expanding the story to nearly seven hours, characters we loved on screen acquire depth only equaled by novelizations.

The Radio Drama makes extensive use of material written (and in some cases filmed) for A New Hope's silver screen version but cut for editorial or technical reasons. Also, Ben Burtt's sound effects, John Williams' score, and the acting of Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Anthony Daniels (See Threepio) give the whole project its "true" Star Wars cachet.

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Many of the actors involved in the movie were unavailable to reprise their roles. Mark Hamill and Anthony Daniels returned to reprise their roles as Luke Skywalker and C-3PO respectively. Recorded in 1981 at Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood, California.

With among others:
    Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker
    Ann Sachs as Princess Leia Organa
    Perry King as Han Solo
    Bernard Behrens as Obi-Wan Kenobi
    Brock Peters as Lord Darth Vader
    Anthony Daniels as C-3PO
    Keene Curtis as Grand Moff Tarkin
    John Considine as Lord Tion
    Stephen Elliott as Prestor – more widely known as Bail Organa
    David Ackroyd as Captain Antilles

A New Hope 112 The Case For Rebellion (mp3  25mb)

112 The Case For Rebellion 28:17

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A New Hope 101 A Wind to Shake the Stars (mp3 25mb)
A New Hope 102 Points of Origin (mp3 25mb)
A New Hope 103 Black Knight, White Princess (mp3 25mb)
A New Hope 104 While Giants Mark Time (mp3 25mb)
A New Hope 105 Jedi That Was Jedi To Be (mp3 25mb)
A New Hope 106 The Millenium Falcon Deal (mp3 25mb)
A New Hope 107 The Han Solo Solution (mp3 25mb)
A New Hope 108 Death Star's Transit (mp3 26mb)
A New Hope 109 Rogues, Rebels And Robots (mp3  26mb)
A New Hope 110 The Luke Skywalker Initiative (mp3  26mb)
A New Hope 111 The Jedi Nexus (mp3  25mb)

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Mar 1, 2015

Sundaze 1509


Today's Sundazers are treated to a Greek producer that has been active for more than 18 years, with 6 full length albums and 12 EP/LP releases on Chain Reaction, Vibrant Music, Resopal, and Echocord. His releases have been remixed by Deadbeat, Thomas Fehlmann, Rod Modell, Morphosis, Convextion amongst others. Fluxion’s music includes different genres of electronic music, ambient, dub, experimental, techno, with sound design. His music has a characteristic of slowly evolving parts and contemplating elements which form lengthy musical pieces. His sounds are heavily processed to a point where the origin of a sound has little to do with the end result........N'joy

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Since 1998 Konstantinos Soublis aka Fluxion has been releasing music on a variety of labels.Fluxion's output had been referred to as a cornerstone in the Techno/Dub/Ambient genders.Born October 26, 1973 in Athens Greece, he studied music technology in the U.K. between 1993–96, where he came in touch with the processing of sounds and the electronic music of John Cage, Philip Glass as well as futurism and music concrete.

His approach of liquid live-organic productions, incorporating techno, dub, ambient, sound design, has formed a signature sound that is point of reference for many producers. His textural environment shifts and harmonic blends, alongside strong rhythmical bursts, create an intelligent motion-picture landscape. Hidden melodic elements alongside sound manipulation form a narrative that everything happens in a smooth transition, like melting one element onto the other to form one big picture.

Similar to many of the other artists surrounding the Hardwax-affiliated record labels in Berlin, the Greek artist shrouded himself in anonymity despite releasing a handful of wonderful downtempo experimental techno releases on the Chain Reaction label. Epic in scope with a bit of the clicks + cuts approach synonymous with artists such as Vladislav Delay, much of Fluxion's best Chain Reaction work was compiled on two Vibrant Forms albums.

He went silent for a few years but resurfaced with a somewhat bolder approach on 2009-2012 releases Perfused and Traces through Echocord. At the end of 2013 Type reissued Fluxion´s "Vibrant Forms" with 10 tracks that had been released in 1999 on the legendary Berlin imprint Chain Reaction and 2014 he makes his briliant com back with releasing a new album (CD + 2LP) called "Broadwalk Tales" on Echocord, featuring the Jamaican vocalist Teddy Selassie.

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A full-length album compiling Fluxion's first two Chain Reaction EPs -- Lark and Largo -- Vibrant Forms is a showcase for the artist's elegant application of the classic Basic Channel sound. Like those early-'90s releases, and also like the Maurizio and Vainqueur records, the tracks compiled on Vibrant Forms sound as if they are hollow; Fluxion emphasizes low dub basslines, the crackling of sparse high-hat loops, and nearly inaudible synth washes that ambiently hover in each song's exterior, leaving nothing poignant in between. This approach to techno composition has a mesmerizing effect. The lack of midrange percussion and more apparent synths make the tracks seem ambient, as does the distant hovering ambience. The crackling high-hats, though sparsely sprinkled onto the tracks, and the liquid dub basslines, though subtle and non-intrusive, move along at a modest tempo. Fluxion's approach produces many variations on a techno style that seems ambient yet, when one considers the driving sense of tempo underlying every track, is actually mobile. But this isn't music to think about or analyze; it's intended to be felt, both physically via the bass tones and emotionally via the haunting dark ambience. The ten tracks on this full-length illustrate variations in Fluxion's patented style, just as Vibrant Forms II accomplishes to a further degree. Some may find this album's epic tracks both repetitious and rather monotonous, yet this is half their beauty; if not for the seemingly endless track lengths and the sense of indolence, the sounds wouldn't be nearly as effective. It's best to experience this album first before moving on to Vibrant Forms II, which doubles the amount of music and takes a slightly more minimal approach, slowing down the tempos a bit and stripping away some of the sounds. Vibrant Forms II is a bit more challenging, although Vibrant Forms is by no means an accessible listen to anyone unaccustomed to the minimal Chain Reaction sound.

Fluxion - Vibrant Forms  (flac 407mb)

01 Lark 8:53
02 Hiatus 7:14
03 Lapses 2:03
04 Largo 8:26
05 Atlos 10:32
06 Cyclops Machine 0:47
07 Fovea Centralis 9:28
08 Pendoulous 6:02
09 Influx 6:51
10 Opaque 8:48

Fluxion - Vibrant Forms (ogg  151mb)

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During the several years that passed without a single Fluxion release, Konstantinos Soublis was nonetheless privately prolific, evident from a sudden burst of releases across 2009-2010. Following a 12” and album on Resopal, and a 12” for Echocord, Perfused -- also released on Echocord, featuring both sides of “Inductance”/”Elation” -- is the fifth Fluxion album overall. Through 2001, Soublis continually refined and pared down his sound, but the tracks here are among his most varied and vibrant to date, fueled by a newfound buoyancy and a reduction of shadowy textures. And yet, what Soublis produces here unquestionably remains dub techno -- a decidedly less monochromatic and downright colorful strain when compared to that of their Basic Channel/Chain Reaction forebears. “Elation” and “Fluctuations,” two of the album’s most dynamic tracks, dispense with austerity altogether and are filled with glinting details; the latter, with its bounding four-note bassline and swarming FX, seemingly whisks Maurizio’s M series from its abandoned warehouse habitat and drops it in the middle of a sun-baked meadow. Dub techno, even at is most evocative, has never been known for gorgeousness, but Soublis shrewdly does what he can to change that perception here.

Fluxion - Perfused  (flac  297mb)

01 Horizons 6:14
02 Waves 8:27
03 Tantalizer 5:09
04 Inflection 7:59
05 Wabbler 6:32
06 Elation 5:42
07 Fluctuations 8:11
08 Inductance 8:24
09 Perfuse 8:32

Fluxion - Perfused  (ogg 146mb)

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Fluxion serves his 2nd album on Echocord, his fourth since those classic Chain Reaction sets in 1999-2000. With 'Traces' he continues to subtly plane the contours of Dub Techno into ever more fluid, spectral shapes and spaces, building on the legacy of Berlin's CR and BC cornerstones with an individual sense of soul and effortless, frictionless motion. Most notably there's an unreleased vocal appearance from Dennis Brown here on the Rhythm & Sound styled 'No Man Is An Island', providing a lighter counterpoint to the heavyweight Techno throbs of 'Eruption' or the tribal House gait of 'Motion 3' and the tunnelling 4/4 dub 'Memba', but overall the album is neatly balanced between those hydraulic basslines and moments of blissful serenity like the magical 'Stations' or the plunging, plangent chords of 'Burst Mode'. It's this refined compositional virtue and vision of his style within a style which makes Fluxion a preserve of Dub Techno connoisseurs.

Fluxion - Traces  (flac  360mb)

01 Motion 1 6:21
02 No Man Is An Island (Voc Dennis Brown) 7:09
03 Desert Nights 8:10
04 Eruption 8:50
05 Stations 8:39
06 Motion 3 8:32
07 Memba 5:58
08 Burst Mode (Edit) 2:51
09 Butiama 7:02
10 Migration 6:24
11 Motion 2 (Edit) 2:44

Fluxion - Traces  (ogg 149mb)

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Feb 28, 2015

RhoDeo 1508 Grooves

Hello, Vulcan is in mourning today, their most famous intergalactic ambassador has died, his partly earth genes severely shorted his live, as a fullblood Vulcan can reach 200, Spock as a halfbreed had to make do with 83 years. He saved his crew many a time and was well loved even if his ruthless logic drove many a crewmember into the curtains (if they had any). He was the perfect antidote to the American way of shoot first, ask questions later  Live long and prosper Leonard..

Ok so as i wrap up the stax related music for the moment after 25 posts. Its not that there's nothing much left I still have The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 28 albums but those will remain in posting limbo (likely for at least 1 or 2 years, yes i do have long term planning here. And now for some some absolutely blistering funk! .....N'joy

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Founded in 1957 as Satellite Records, the label changed its name to Stax Records in 1961. It was a major factor in the creation of the Southern soul and Memphis soul music styles, also releasing gospel, funk, jazz, and blues recordings. While Stax is renowned for its output of African-American music, the label was founded by two business siblings, Jim Stewart and his sister Estelle Axton (STewart/AXton = Stax). It featured several popular ethnically-integrated bands, including the label's house band, Booker T. & the M.G.'s, and a racially integrated team of staff and artists unheard of in that time of racial strife and tension in Memphis and the South.

Following the death of Stax's biggest star, Otis Redding, in 1967, and the severance of the label's distribution deal with Atlantic Records in 1968, Stax continued primarily under the supervision of a new co-owner, Al Bell. Over the next five years, Bell expanded the label's operations significantly, in order to compete with Stax's main rival, Motown Records in Detroit. During the mid-1970s, a number of factors, including a problematic distribution deal with CBS Records, caused the label to slide into insolvency, resulting in its forced closure in late 1975.

In 1977, Fantasy Records acquired the post-1968 Stax catalog, as well as selected pre-1968 recordings. Beginning in 1978, Stax (now owned by Fantasy) began signing new acts and issuing new material, as well as re-issuing previously recorded Stax material. However, by the early 1980s no new material was being issued on the label, and for the next two decades, Stax was strictly a re-issue label.

After Concord Records acquired Fantasy in 2004, the Stax label was reactivated, and is today used to issue both the 1968–1975 catalog material and new recordings by current R&B/soul performers. Atlantic Records continues to hold the rights to the vast majority of the 1959–1968 Stax material.

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Goes to show that Stax was responsible for some of THE funkiest choons back in the day. Some of the selections here are absolute classics (and don't often feature on other compilations), particularly the Bar-Kays 'Holy Ghost' (the heaviest, fattest, downright funkiest funk tune ever!!) and 'Son Of Shaft', 'Mr Big Stuff', and the two FLB tracks. Guaranteed to get any respectable crowd groovin'!

VA - Stax Funk: Get Up & Get Down (flac 397mb)

01 Isaac Hayes - Theme From Shaft 4:36
02 Dynamic Soul Machine - Moving On 2:38
03 Fat Larry's Band - Castle Of Joy 3:02
04 Sho-Nuff - Funkasize You 2:45
05 Sons Of Slum - What Goes Around (Must Come Around) 3:09
06 Bar-Kays - Holy Ghost 3:38
07 Sir Mack Rice - Dark Skin Woman Part 1/2 4:52
08 Sho-Nuff - You Choose Me 2:24
09 Dramatics - Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get 3:19
10 Isaac Hayes - Theme From The Men 3:57
11 Bar-Kays - Son Of Shaft 3:32
12 Inez Foxx - Circuits Overloaded 3:49
13 Roy Lee Johnson & The Villagers - The Dryer Part 1 & 2 3:53
14 Fat Larry's Band - FLB 4:07
15 Bernie Hayes - Cool Strut Part 1 2:51
16 Mar-Keys - Black 2:37
17 Jean Knight - Mr Big Stuff 2:46
18 Dramatics - Get Up & Get Down 3:09

VA - Stax Funk: Get Up & Get Down (ogg 154mb)

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Every one of us has a favourite record label. I think for many of us at Ace towers, Stax is pretty much at the top of the pile. The independently owned Memphis label recorded soul for 15 years, both up-tempo and impassionately down. It scored hits in the USA and around the world and gave the world the iconic star quality of both Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes to name but two of its finest. The roll call beyond them is legendary and could take up a whole sleeve note but Booker T and the MGs, Johnnie Taylor, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Sam and Dave, the Bar Kays, William Bell and the Staple Singers all made the label known to fans of good music the world over. But we're record collectors, vinyl extremists and, maybe the odd anorak has an involvement as well, so what really gets us going are the obscurities, the ones that got away. So this is the Memphis Sound, only the funkiest Memphis sound you will ever hear.

VA - Stax Funx  (flac  417mb)

01 24 Carat Black - Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth 3:42
02 Isaac Hayes - Run Fay Run 2:46
03 Bar-Kays - Coldblooded 3:07
04 The T.S.U. Toronadoes - My Thing Is A Moving Thing 2:50
05 Johnny Taylor - Hi-Jacking Love 3:19
06 Art Jerry Miller - Grab A Handfull 2:08
07 The South Memphis Horns - L.A.S. 4:12
08 Shack - Too Many Lovers 2:44
09 L. V. Johnson - One Pair Of Pants 3:47
10 Rufus Thomas - Rock Back 5:33
11 March Wind - Do The Sweetback 3:02
12 Melvin Van Peebles - Sweetback's Theme 7;33
13 Chico Hamilton - Fancy 3:12
14 Sons Of Truth - I Feel Good 3;19
15 Harvey Scales - Broadway Freeze Part 1 & 2 4:06
16 Rudy Robinson & Hungry 5 - Got It Together Part 1 3:07
17 Chuck Brooks - Love's Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down Part 1 3:19
18 John Kasandra - (What's Under) The Natural Do 3:03
19 Sweet Inspirations - Dirty Tricks 3:04
20 Soul Merchants - Wes 3:09
21 Isaac Hayes - End Theme/Truck Turner 2:04

VA - Stax Funx (ogg  176mb)

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Funky genius from the legendary Stax studios! During the 60s, Stax was well known for their work in the soul music field – turning out hit singles by the likes of Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and others – but after 1968, when the label finished their deal with Atlantic, they really started getting down and dirty, and hitting on all burners in the funk department. This tasty set features 21 tracks from those exiting years –many of them only ever issued on singles, and a few of them by some of the label's more famous LP artists – but all of them with a nice Memphis funky groove! Titles include "Turn Your Damper Down" by Rufus Thomas, "Broadway Freeze" by Harvey Scales, "Life Is Funky" by Round Robin Monopoly, "The Dryer" by Roy Lee Johnson, "She's My Old Lady Too" by Lee Sain, "Slipped & Tripped" by The Sweet Inspirations, "Brothers & Sisters" by Kim Weston, "Movin Dancer" by Bobby Holley, "Eli's Pork Chop" by Little Sonny, "A Man Never Knows" by Chris & Shack, "Grab A Handful" by Art Jerry Miller, "I'll Kill A Brick (About My Man)" by Hot Sauce, "Watch The Dog That Brings The Bone" by Inez Foxx, "Sock Soul" by The Bar Kays, and "Getting Funky Round Here" by Black Nasty!

VA - Stax Of Funk. The Funky Truth (flac   409mb)

01 Jean Knight - Do Me 2:48
02 Roy Lee Johnson - Patch It Up 2:27
03 Rufus Thomas - Turn Your Damper Down 2:49
04 Lee Sain - She's My Old Lady Too 2:39
05 Bobby Holley - Movin' Dancer 3:19
06 Kim Weston - Brothers & Sisters 2:47
07 Mable John - Running Out 2:07
08 The Sweet Inspirations - Slipped And Tripped 2:55
09 Inez Foxx - Watch The Dog That Brings The Bone 3:05
10 Hot Sauce - I'll Kill A Brick 2:45
11 Chris & Shack - A Man Never Knows 4:27
12 Little Sonny - Eli's Pork Chop 6:38
13 Bar-Kays - Sock Soul 2:22
14 Art Jerry Miller - Grab A Handful 2:05
15 Harvey Scales - Broadway Freeze 4:03
16 Rufus Thomas - Funky Hot Grits 4:39
17 Mario Van Peebles - Hoppin' John 2:24
18 Roy Lee Johnson - The Dryer 2:20
19 Black Nasty - Getting Funky Round Here 2:41
20 Round Robin Monopoly - Life Is Funky 3:46
21 Soul Children - Who Is She 5:11

VA - Stax Of Funk. The Funky Truth (ogg   157mb)

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Our first BGP Stax Of Funk gathered up fine reviews and good sales as people discovered that it wasn't just one man operations out of Texas that released great funk. Volume 2 finds us resuming our search for more and what do you know we've come up trumps. Not only that but we have proved this time what a wide spectrum of sounds the funky part of the world encompasses.

This 21-track collection focuses on some of the more obscure and funk-oriented music Stax put out in the first half of the 1970s. There are a few big names here and there, though not represented by famous tracks, such as the Staple Singers, the Bar-Kays, Albert King, and Rufus Thomas, and more moderately famous performers like Sir Mack Rice, Inez Foxx, the Emotions, the Sweet Inspirations, and Jimmy McCracklin. But a lot of the music is by artists most won't have remembered as being on the Stax roster, or on any other for that matter. On the whole it's OK, but not first-division period soul-funk crossover, sometimes recalling other, bigger artists too obviously, as Bernie Hayes does James Brown on "Cool Strut" (complete with "hit it!" exhortations). the Emotions' "From Toys to Boys" certainly sounds influenced by the kind of very early-'70s Motown production heard on some Jackson 5 records, as do to a lesser degree a couple of the other songs. As for the better moments, the blues-tinged "Big Leg Woman" by Israel "Popper Stopper" Tolbert was an actual 1970 R&B Top 20 hit that doesn't show up on many compilations, and the Bar-Kays' "Cold Blooded" is a cool, largely instrumental James Brown-like tune whose arrangement bears influences from both Philly soul and Santana. There's also Albert King's curious 1974 funk remake of "Crosscut Saw." The one previously unissued track is Rufus Thomas' "Do the Side Saddle."

VA - Stax Of Funk Vol. 2 (More Funky Truth)  (flac  406mb)

01 Calvin Scott - Shame On The Family Name 2:49
02 Bernie Hayes - Cool Strut 2:55
03 Reggie Miller - Soul Machine 2:26
04 Sir Mack Rice - Bump Meat 2:43
05 Rudy Robinson & The Hungry Five - Got It Together (Parts 1 & 2) 3:06
06 Israel "Popper Stopper" Tolbert* With The C A Warren Players - Big Leg Woman (With A Short Short Mini Skirt) 3:27
07 Sweet Inspirations - Dirty Tricks 3:03
08 Katie Love - How Can You Mistreat The One You Love 2:45
09 The Emotions - From Toys To Boys 2:31
10 Inez Foxx - Circuits Overloaded 3:45
11 The Staple Singers - Brand New Day 3:53
12 The Bar-Kays - Cold Blooded 3:10
13 Black Nasty - Talking To The People 2:45
14 The Wrecking Crew - Bump And Boogie 2:57
15 Sir Mack Rice - Dark Skin Woman 3:10
16 John Kasandra - Ain't No Sin (To Have Fun) 4:10
17 Rufus Thomas - Do The Side Saddle 4:05
18 Jimmy McCracklin - Stay Away From That Monkey 3:56
19 Albert King - Crosscut Saw 2:50
20 Lee Sain - Them Hot Pants 3:07
21 Stu Gardner - Devil In A Man 4:21

VA - Stax Of Funk Vol. 2 (More Funky Truth) (ogg  155mb)

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