Hiroshima: the Bridge.
Telarc Heads Up SACD (Super Audio CD) A high-resolution CD audio format from Sony and Philips. SACD and DVD-Audio (DVD-A) were the two next-generation digital audio formats for enhanced sound quality, but neither one caught on (see high-resolution audio). HUSA 9076.
Hiroshima's album The Bridge is one of the latest releases in Telarc's new line of Heads Up multichannel Using two or more paths for transmission or processing. It can refer to a variety of architectures including (1) multiple I/O channels between the CPU and peripheral devices, (2) multiple wires in a cable, (3) multiple "logical" channels within a single wire or fiber or (4) multiple SACD hybrid discs that has concentrated largely on modern pop jazz. Given the slump the recording industry is in, one can understand Telarc's interest in pursuing alternative recording methods in the hope of attracting an ever-dwindling audience of music buyers. But it does appear that they are putting all of their eggs in one basket.
SACD probably represents the company's best shot in the multichannel field, given that it currently has a lead over DVD-Audio and other competitors, yet SACD still serves but a small niche following, and the reliance of SACD to win the day is problematical at best. For one thing there's price. Hybrid SACDs such as Telarc's--discs that utilize a layer of up to five discrete channels and a layer of regular two-chamlel stereo, thus enabling them to be played back on regular CD players as well multichannel SACD players--cost more to produce and sell. With many listeners pirating their material from the Internet and considering anything more costly than free an imposition, I wonder whether Telarc isn't pricing itself out of the ordinary marketplace. Second, there's the matter of where a retailer is expected to position these things "These Things" is an EP by She Wants Revenge, released in 2005 by Perfect Kiss, a subsidiary of Geffen Records. Music Video
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2. in a store where the public will find them. Put them into a special bin of multichannel titles, and the discs may get little attention. Double placements in a store are often frowned upon by management. Can't win. Then, there's the minor annoyance of the irregularly shaped jewel box See jewel case. that is not easily replaceable if broken.
Anyway, Telarc keeps sending me these things to review even though I don't have an SACD player and don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. anyone locally who does. I suppose all one can do is extrapolate extrapolate - extrapolation from the two-channel stereo sound what the expanded multichannel audio would be like and hope for the best. In this case, the sound is pretty good, played by Hiroshima, a small jazz group who utilize delicately Asian-inflected tunes on traditional and nontraditional jazz instruments from bass, piano, keyboards, sax, guitars, and drums to koto koto (kō`tō), a Japanese string instrument related in structure to the zither. It consists of an elongated rectangular wooden body, strung lengthwise with 7 to 13 silk strings. , taiko
Pair of small drums, the principal percussion in Hindustani music of northern India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The higher-pitched daya, played with the right hand, is a roughly cylindrical one-skinned drum, usually wooden, normally tuned to the raga's tonic. , and fue (the latter being flutes; I had to look it up).
The group itself is made up of seven players led by vocal-instrumentalist Dan Kuramoto. The music they play is mainly of the mainstream variety, generally beginning with something fresh and Japanese-inspired and then rather quickly turning into an ordinary pop-jazz piece, with loud, pounding bass and razor-sharp highs. I would imagine the sound makes quite an impression in the surround mode because even in stereo it's quite imposing in terms of frequency response and dynamic impact. Where it is perhaps least effective sonically is in terms of depth and transparency, which are fairly average. Nevertheless, if the music suits you, if the price isn't too high, and especially if you have the equipment to play it back it multichannel, Hiroshima's The Bridge may prove an appealing purchase decision.