Edgar Froese 1944 – 2015

Tangerine Dream Phaedra CoverThe news today had me digging out some music from the late 1960s and early 1970s:

Edgar Froese, the founding member of the German electronic group Tangerine Dream, has died in Vienna, aged 70. “Froese died unexpectedly on Friday after a pulmonary embolism”, his son, Jerome, said.

I remember hearing Tangerine Dream for the first time on John Peel‘s radio show and also recall making great efforts to collect just about every album they, and Edgar, produced.

Much has been made (recently) of the influence of Kraftwerk on electronic music but, for me, Tangerine Dream were always the most inventive. That’s not to say I was not listening to both it’s just that I found the rhythmic early sequencer styling of TD to be much more interesting.

Aqua Cover ArtI still have most of the TD albums I collected almost 40 years ago and it looks as if i’ll be dusting them off over the next few weeks!

I suspect most people have heard some Tangerine Dream or Edgar Froese music as, in addition to a prodigious collection of albums, they wrote many film/game scores (including Grand Theft Auto V), and odd snippets of their music appear in many science documentaries.

A sad day for me but at least I have a legacy, thanks Edgar.

Welcome 2015! – with a new theme…

It’s 2015 – Happy New Year! and yes, it’s another change of look for this blog.

The previous theme, Hemmingway, which was only adopted in June 2014, looked pretty good at first but I have realised it didn’t really fit. After a little help from Noupe, I stumbled on this one. It’s called GeneratePress and it looks much better to me – read the reviews and I think you’ll see why.

I had the basics set up in about 30 minutes and then decided to pay $30 for the full version which allows a lot more custom options than you’d find in most other themes, and it’s very easy to understand what’s happening (not always the case). There’s also a good website which guides you through all the options.

No doubt I’ll be playing with settings for a while before I get it to look just right but, for now, what’s there is good enough to start a new year…

More Humax fixing…

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A few years ago I reported a problem with a Humax Freesat receiver which I successfully repaired. Well, until yesterday, the box has behaved itself perfectly.

The fault symptoms were very similar this time, a constant whirling display on the front panel with an occasional display of [APPL]. Humax Display

I also noticed something strange when I started to disconnect the box, the space below the TV has gained a load more cables and connections since I last had to look at it! It really was a mess.

Anyhow, all untangled now and the Humax fault was indeed another capacitor failure (not the same one though) so the details in the original post will help if you get the same problem.

All is now fixed, and for the princely sum of 54p (for the 680µF 25v high temperature capacitor from Maplin) and about an hour of my time – most of that spent untangling!

Just Another Weekend II

Bestival again! – Somehow or other I was badgered into visiting the Ray-Ban tent. The sound levels were way above my normal threshold but I stuck with it as one of our group had volunteered for a free haircut!

The barbers menu was quite short – somethings along the lines of: Quick Tidy, All Off, Mohican and Barber’s Choice – Madeline, being nuts, ;), chose “Barber’s Choice” and we all stood around watching while she underwent the efforts of a well disguised, professional hair dresser putting on a flamboyant display for the onlookers. She ended up with a few minor tweaks  and a lot of red and glitter spray.

Yours truly was cajoled into joining he queue and bottled it by requesting  a “Quick Tidy”. All was going very smoothly until the end when I too was subjected to the colour and glitter sprays. Goodness only knows what I looked like for the rest of the evening, thankfully I didn’t have to look at it, and the telescope viewing public didn’t seem to care! The good news was that the colour washed out really easily when I got home!

Add this to the “Staring Contest” that I also got dragged into and you’ll understand that this was not a normal night for me.

The end result though was very satisfying. I got a free haircut, won the Staring Contest and picked up a pile of Ray-Ban goodies for my efforts  -thanks guys!