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  1. GoGo Penguin. Silly name for an outstanding band. Closest I can describe it is instrumental electronic music played on acoustic instruments by jazz musicians. Definitely worth a listen, even if that description doesn't sound appealing to you.
  2. Samples from the rest of the discs are up on Black Beauty: Bull Sh*t Master: http://starship.jpn.ph/zeppelin/beauty/disp/boot.jsp?R_idx=2579 Sanda You Edit: http://starship.jpn.ph/zeppelin/beauty/disp/boot.jsp?R_idx=2581 Hagure Gumo Edit: http://starship.jpn.ph/zeppelin/beauty/disp/boot.jsp?R_idx=2582
  3. There is already a thread about Joe in the "Other Bands / Music" section of this site.
  4. I’ve used Spleeter for a couple of days and have some observations based on that experience. The first is that this is a complete game changer for people looking to turn mono recordings into stereo. The default settings do a stunning job of separating instruments and vocals into individual tracks, and the system can be trained to be even better. However, there are a few caveats that need to be mentioned: 1 - The parts are less than the sum of the whole. By themselves, the individual tracks (aka stems) don’t sound great. The bass and drum tracks in particular have a phasey\watery sound to them. While you can tell what’s being played, the sound isn’t nearly as good as if you had a real multi-track recording and could listen to the bass or drums tracks from that. However, what’s interesting is that when you mix all of the stems together, the phasey sound disappears and the song sounds like it did before it was broken into parts, assuming you mix all of the parts back together. If you wanted to create a recording of Zeppelin without Robert’s vocals, you’d hear some unpleasant artifacts. Likewise, if you wanted to capture just his vocals, they won’t sound as good you as might hope. 2 - Mixing is an art unto itself. Just having the individual stems is no guarantee that you’re going to create something listenable from them. The challenge, especially with the guitar, is to balance it so that it’s more prominent in one channel than the other but still audible in both (it sounds unnatural if it’s only in one channel.) That’s harder than it sounds, and takes a far amount of experimentation to get the blend correct. 3 - Bleed through happens. While the system is excellent at pulling songs apart, at times sound from one part of the song leaks into other. For instance, on a version of Dazed from the last night at Earls Court, Robert’s voice showed up very noticeably in the guitar track in a couple of places. While that could be fixed manually, things like that mean you cannot fully automate the conversion from mono to stereo. 4 - It may not be able to separate some instruments. There are only a few default settings, and the one most suitable for rock music is the one that breaks a song into four stems, drums, bass, vocals, and other. That works great on a song like Sick Again, where the guitar ends up as the only thing in the other stem. However, I’m not sure what it will do with something like Since I’ve Been Loving You where both the keyboards and the guitar might be placed in the other stem. Some experimentation will tell me how much of an issue that is, so it may not be as much of a problem as I think it will. 5 - Spleeter is a command line program, meaning there’s no graphical interface and to get it to work you have to enter commands into a terminal. Not everyone is comfortable doing that, which will limit the number of people who can use it. 6 - It runs slow when it uses your computer’s CPU to pull apart the songs. It took approximately 12-15 minutes for it to finish working on a live version of Sick Again, which is a relatively short song from a live Zeppelin perspective. The documentation says it runs up to 100 times faster if you tell it to use your GPU. If you’re a gamer and have a high end graphics card, that’d be great but it’s not much help for those of us using lowly integrated graphics cards. Even with these issues, this program is amazing. Bravo to everyone involved in creating it.
  5. One of the members at Royal Orleans, ssellers, just posted some samples there in the "Future Technology and LZ Soundboard" thread of mono soundboard tracks he converted to stereo using an open source program called Spleeter. This seems to be exactly the kind of thing we were looking for. I'm in the process downloading it and getting it set up. For anyone who's interested, here's the link to the Spleeter site. https://github.com/deezer/spleeter
  6. In an article about a recent podcast, Paul Stanley talks about seeing Zep live in 1969: (https://www.blabbermouth.net/news/paul-stanley-recalls-seeing-led-zeppelin-for-first-time-to-this-day-ive-never-seen-anything-that-was-that-perfect/) "To this day, I've never seen anything that was that perfect. Not just in terms of the synchronicity and the fact that everybody was so much on the same playing field — it was the sexual energy that was coming off the stage, the flamboyance, the cocksure attitude. They backed it up. I think they knew how great they were. And I was just… "First of all, the band was spectacular and played — I won't use any profanity — but they played tighter than a something… So, they were amazing. And Robert Plant was singing like something from another planet. He was hitting notes effortlessly, and there was such bravado in everything they were doing, it just blew me away."
  7. Sure. I just sent you a message withe the links.
  8. I've been on a Page \ Crowes kick since I came across this thread a couple of weeks ago. I saw them three times (Worcester, Mansfield, and Camden.) I didn't realize until recently there is a soundboard of the Worcester show. I remastered it and then used it to replace the soundtrack of the audience video. Here's a brief sample. If anyone wants the full show, send me a message:
  9. From Google Translate: Numerous unused photos are also posted! “Japan Performance” summary mook series by legendary band. The latest issue is a thorough special feature of “Red Zeppelin” two visits to Japan! The date of the first visit to Red Zeppelin (September 1971) and the return date of the following year (October 1972) Uncovered black-and-white and negative files taken in the past, including unused cuts with no traces printed on them, and the freshness of different shots lined up before and after cuts that are already around and familiar It will be exciting. In addition to these rare black-and-white photographs, we will release the ZEP version of the “Live Tour in Japan” series, which we have carefully put out and compiled color photographs taken from both years! The Japanese performance of the month was a great performance in the career as a live band, and it was a tour in which all the members were the most greasy, and the strongest Led Zeppelin performed a truly legendary performance. The pattern became known to fans around the world through the bootleg, and the Japanese audience who was able to experience it at that time continues to attract envy from overseas ZEP enthusiasts. Many of these historical photographs that convey the enthusiasm to the present ... This is a must-read book for rock listeners!
  10. I just sent you a message with the links.
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