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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000761.txt from 2003/10

From: Rick Campbell <>
Subj: Re: [kl] "A little traveling music, Ray...."
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2003 11:24:42 -0500

Rick Campbell wrote:
After much experimentation, I find that I never get tired of Count Basie
collections on the road. Somehow they just don't get stale, and are filled
with continually interesting musical ideas. And of course, when you need to be
perked up, the Louis Prima double CD set is it.

I have to mic my saxophone, because the rest of the band IS TOO LOUD! I like
the Audio Technica Pro 95 clip on, originally intended for guitars. Very
small. Rich sound quality. Affordable, has a tiny hearing aid battery, but no
power pack. So if you have to mic it ....

Bill Hausmann wrote:

> At 04:15 PM 10/29/2003 -0800, Ormondtoby Montoya wrote:
> >Just out of curiosity:
> >
> >What quality in a recording makes it especially appropriate for
> >travelling (vs. other listening venues)? Would, say, Tchaikovsky Piano
> >Concerto #1 be more or less appropriate than, say, Burl Ives singing sea
> >shanties?
> Too much dynamic range (difference between the loudest and softest parts)
> can be undesirable. Especially in a noisy car, the soft parts can disappear
> under the noise and/or the loud parts blast your ears off. Much classical
> music, especially recently recorded music on CD, is problematical that
> way. OLD big band jazz and all rock is very much more compressed, so a
> comfortable and relatively constant listening volume can be more readily
> achieved.
> Another possible thing to avoid when driving is music that is TOO
> relaxing. I have a CD of Branford Marsalis playing French romantic music
> on soprano sax. It is downright HYPNOTIC!
> Bill Hausmann
> If you have to mic a saxophone, the rest of the band is TOO LOUD!
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