Discs and downloads

Discs and downloads

Sonnets project rolls out the big guns of ancient instrument design

Andrew Everard Fri, 20 Apr 2012, 11:50am

Monday is both St George's Day and Shakespeare's birthday, as you may have noticed from the fact we seem to be having a blizzard of Bard-related stuff coinciding with the run-up to what it's hard not to refer to as 'the Jubilympics'.Actually, ...

Our Top 10 apps for video

Andy Clough Mon, 9 Apr 2012, 11:25am

Here's how to get the best TV and films on your smart TV, mobile phone or tablet, with our guide to the Top 10 apps for video:AVPLAYER HDiPad£1.99The iPad’s picture quality and convenience make it a near-ideal tool for watching video on the move, ...

PLAYLIST: February 2012

Andrew Everard Wed, 8 Feb 2012, 2:28pm

Disc of the month     Super 8: fine film-making and superb sound    Super 8 | Blu-ray | *****    Given Hollywood’s current enthusiasm for low-risk productions, it should be no surprise that so ...

PLAYLIST: January 2012

Andrew Everard Tue, 24 Jan 2012, 4:55pm

Disc of the month    HBO’s flagship is a Blu-ray must-buy   Boardwalk Empire: Season One | Blu-ray | ***** Thank heavens for HBO. While Britain’s own broadcasters seem mired in a repetitive spiral of talent shows and ...

Spiders, the Disklavier and Aladdin Sane – Mike Garson's Bowie Variations

Andrew Everard Tue, 2 Aug 2011, 4:01pm

I don't often suggest you take a listen to a particular disc: after all, musical taste is a pretty personal thing, and one person's breathtaking piano jazz is another's lift-music.But there's a bit of a closet Bowie fan-base here in the WHFSV ...

From Alice D Millionaire to the world's biggest hi-fi – the life of Owsley Stanley

Andrew Everard Tue, 22 Mar 2011, 10:23am

When I was at school, way back in the mists of time, you'd often find classmates whiling away endless double geography lessons, during which the clock seemed to move at an appropriately glacial pace, doodling in their rough books.Some drew cars – ...

Looking for music and movie locations? Appily, we have the answers

Andrew Everard Thu, 13 Jan 2011, 11:40am

Music history and movie locations in the palm of your hand – that's the promise of a couple of iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad apps I've been playing with recently. One is new – Rock Music Landmarks of London, from Musicroom – while the other – British ...

James Cameron discusses Avatar Extended Collector's Edition and 3D

Andy Clough Wed, 3 Nov 2010, 4:46pm

James Cameron (above) is on stage at Blu-Con 2010, previewing the three disc (2D) Avatar Extended Collector’s Edition, due out on November 15. His audience in LA is made up of industry creatives and studio bigwigs. We’re eavesdropping on the ...

All Their Own Work - the remastering of Sandy Denny and The Strawbs

Chris Gilson Fri, 16 Jul 2010, 11:51am

Those of us of a certain age will possibly remember the budget Hallmark record label from the 1970s (and possibly 1980s). Chiefly remembered for putting pneumatic young girls in spandex clothing on albums of diabolical cover versions such as the ...

Many Reasons to be Cheerful in a stylish Blu-ray celebration of Ian Dury

Andrew Everard Sun, 6 Jun 2010, 4:24pm

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll(Entertainent in Video Blu-ray, Cert 15) Confession time: I'm old enough to have seen the Pistols during their brief moment in the sun, to have emerged drenched in sweat, beer and god knows what else into a ...