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The Workshop Music Channel

Post by Mike Bull » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:39 am

I've often thought we could have a thread about music, seeing as it plays a huge part in BBP workshop life, with the place booming out tunes every bit as much as there's a massive compressor running and air tools and hammering to be heard.

More often than not Bill or I drive the 'alPod' and it'll be some Genesis, Marillion, Rush or Floyd playing. (Rob mutters about Vera Lynn occasionally, but has yet to bring in any of her mp3s) If Bluebird at all absorbs her surrounding environment, then I'm afraid that she's already a prog-rocker to the core! Gotta love some Queen too.
The PC is loaded with compilation albums too, with titles like 'The Very Best Best Album In The World Ever...Volume 15' and sometimes I'll fetch in stuff like some Beatles (I absolutely adore that 'Love' mash-up album), though a recent attempt at The Who had Bill threatening to smash the PC! Tut. With a new team member that we've nicknamed Elvis we thought we'd try some of his namesake's output, but we never did find the song he wrote in his career! We have about a million 'Now' albums too, much of which are universally awful! I don't mind a bit of pop though and John seems to have a worrying knowledge of current music, judging by some of the stuff he puts on sometimes! (Though nothing is ever as truly bad as when Ted visits and plugs in his i-thing!!!)

I'll end by having a mini-rant about another favourite (of mine, anyway) in the shape of 'Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of War Of The Worlds', namely the 'New Generation' version that's just been released. Mostly it's the same musically, re-recorded with modern production, some dance beats, new effects, and a new voice cast. Much of the new music isn't bad- only a few bits are really awful and some of the 'new' sounds are already horribly dated- the Ibiza club sounds in 'Eve Of The War' for one- but overall the first half in particular doesn't sound bad once you get used to the changes. (There's a wonderful effect when the narrator hides underwater, too)
It's the new cast that I have the biggest problem with. Lima Neeson doesn't make for a bad narrator, and Gary Barlow sounds generally similar to Justin Hayward so that's not too bad either, even if he does also sound horribly over-processed. But as for the rest of them...the bloke from the Kaiser Chiefs plays the Artilleryman, and while his singing is tolerable, his voice acting is dreadful, and Joss Stone as the Parson's wife sounds too much like a kid's TV presenter for me! But I've saved the worst for last as we have some specimen called 'Maverick Sabre'(!) as the Parson, and he's bloody dreadful.
So a real mixed bag, and a largely pointless exercise I reckon particularly when the live touring version will have different people in it again.

Annnnyway...what do you lot like? 8-)
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Re: The Workshop Music Channel

Post by mtskull » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:02 am

I also love Jeff Wayne's "War of the Worlds"; I can't remember when I have listened to anything that made me laugh so much!
I particularly like the manner in which the hero, fleeing from the massacre, finds time to romantically reflect on the seasons and reminisce about his bird, (who has very sensibly run away and got on a ship without him):
"My life will be forever autumn, now you're not here".
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Re: The Workshop Music Channel

Post by Mike Bull » Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:36 pm

:D Typical musical - break off whatever you're doing to burst into song!
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Re: The Workshop Music Channel

Post by Richie » Thu Nov 29, 2012 4:47 pm

the chances of anything good coming from Teds ipod are a million to one they say :D
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Re: The Workshop Music Channel

Post by Mike Bull » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:26 pm

Richie wrote:the chances of anything good coming from Teds ipod are a million to one they say :D
:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: The Workshop Music Channel

Post by Stuart Baker » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:53 pm

About 3 years back I treated myself to a Sonos wireless music system, and a mini server so I could have all of my cds playing whatever, wherever, whenever.

It came with an offer to subscribe to Napster (now Rhapsody) for £5 a month with a free trial. The CD collection now rarely gets a look in, and there is always something new to listen to or try. It's a bit like the digital photgraphy revolution - just like it costs nothing to take a picture, it costs me nothing to try out some new music, and the quality is much better than I expected.

So what's the catch? I can't get near it because the kids always seem to want to play their music wherever I am!

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Re: The Workshop Music Channel

Post by Renegadenemo » Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:17 pm

So what's the catch? I can't get near it because the kids always seem to want to play their music wherever I am!
You were selling that so well right 'til the last. I prefer to leave 'One Direction' where they are, thank you!
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Re: The Workshop Music Channel

Post by Alison » Fri Nov 30, 2012 2:26 pm

Are you sure it's not "One Dimension"??

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Re: The Workshop Music Channel

Post by Pegasus » Fri Nov 30, 2012 9:37 pm

As a huge Floyd fan (and I was at the O2 when Gilmour played that ONE Wall show) I would say try Dutch Gothic Rock group "Within Temptation", my favourite by far at the moment, see what you think!

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Re: The Workshop Music Channel

Post by Renegadenemo » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:51 pm

I would say try Dutch Gothic Rock group "Within Temptation", my favourite by far at the moment, see what you think!
Sharon Whassername is very lovely but the music is extremely Evanescence. I like Evanescence but there's no use in having two of them. Doubtless Mike will steal their entire discography in a nanosecond and we'll give 'em a go.
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