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ドラム、James Blake、'Retrograde', Syler Jones, Johnny Hopkins


'Done is better than perfect'



James Blake 'Retrograde'

James Blakeの新曲を大学のスタジオの良い音であらためて聴きました。ボーカルがドライ寄り(エフェクトなし)になってます。どこかへ前進しようとしている。

そのあとでなんとなく'Limit To Your Love'を聴いていたら、聞いたことのない音がそこかしらから聞こえてきて驚きました。そこそこ良いスピーカーとイヤホンを使っているんですが、GENELEC 8030Aを吸音処理のされた部屋で聴くと、こんな音が意図されてたのかっていうほどの違いがありました。

Syler Jones 'Retrograde'

これは上記James Blakeを早々とカバーした演奏動画です。クオリティも素晴らしいですが、僕は彼の行動力に目を覚まされました。James Blakeが新曲をYouTubeで公開したとなれば、多くの人がそのキーワードで検索をし、そしてSylerのカバー動画にもふれることになるわけです。僕も何か考えます。

Johnny Hopkins

プライマル・スクリーム、オアシスやカサビアンのPRを行ったJohnny Hopkinsさんの講義を受けました。最高でした。色々と自分が大事にしていたはずのことを思い出しました。



Drums, James Blake, 'Retrograde', Syler Jones, Johnny Hopkins

One of my bad habits is trying to make things perfect. I tend to defer many things because they are still not 100%. I even try to post perfect (without any grammar mistakes) blog articles here, so there are many drafts which have not been published.

It's no good.

My favourite quote says 'Done is better than perfect'. (Is it really from Facebook office?)

Sorry, this is a too long preface. Anyway, that is the reason I am writing this article now.


I started to play drums to understand more of rhythm approach. I practiced 2 hours this morning. Actually I spent half an hour to set up the drum kit. I still don't know how to tune the kit.

James Blake 'Retrograde'

I listened to James Blake's new track through university studio's decent pair of speakers (GENELEC 8030A). His vocal is much closer to dry (means without effect) this time. James Blake is still trying to progress.

After listening to 'Retrograde', I listened to his 'Limit To Your Love' for no reason.
I was surprised I heard quite many sounds that I didn't realise with my speakers or earphones (both are quite good ones, but of course cheeper than GENELEC 8030A).

Syler Jones 'Retrograde'

I also was impressed by his superb performance, but impressed more by his enthusiastic attempt to get the audience by posting his cover version of James Blake's new track. Actually this worked very well. People tried to search James Blake's hot new track, and then came across to Syler Jones' cover version as well. He did his work quickly enough to meet the people's attention.

Johnny Hopkins

This was the best master class I've ever had so far. I can't explain well here. I'm so glad I changed my mind 16:05 and ran to the lecture room. It's a bit shame he could tell us everything he prepared because of time (he kindly tried to inform as much as he could though).

To say shortly, I'm excited by today.

Please feel free to correct my grammar mistakes.