Kicking it into gear

I’ve always loved Kickstarter.  Just the range of ideas — not even limited to spectrum of the sublime to the ridiculous — continues to astound and inspire me.

gearbox

Not long after I started this wee blog (so, about three weeks ago) I came across a project where engineers from London want to put together a crazy-cool turntable that figures out what you’re listening to and connects to a range of devices.

It’s called the Gearbox Automatic Turntable and you need to back it, right now (assuming you’re reading this before 1 February)!

Why?  Well…

  • it’s going to be made in the UK
  • the components are going to be high quality
  • it has a compact footprint and sweet design
  • there’s nothing else out there that combines analogue and digital in this manner
  • because you should! (I mean, just look at it).

Plus, they’ve got some cool backers’ rewards including lots of free vinyl.  So, basically, you’ve got nothing to lose.

Learning to listen

couch

This blog’s genesis does coincide with the new year. It is not a new year’s resolution kind of blog, though.  Rather, it’s an odd and roundabout way of dealing with an issue — that of learning to listen.  Not hearing, mind you; my ears work fine.  But actually listening.

You see, there have been some things happening to me recently that have been impacted on by my listening abilities (or, occasionally, lack thereof).  So, when a record player came into my life this Christmas I thought I might use that as an opportunity to start to try and listen again.

As any of you who know records will know, this isn’t just a spur of the moment Spotify play list kind of listening.  Analogue gives little away by means of instant gratification.  Rather, you’ve got to commit, focus, and pay attention.  And maybe those are skills I need more of in my life.

So, we’ll see where this gets us.  Like I said in the about section, what I’m writing here isn’t going to make hardened audiophiles weak at the knees.  But, for me, this isn’t all about Mission speakers and vacuum tube amps.  It’s about taking the time to stop and listen and think.

Who knows.  Maybe I’ll actually learn something doing this that’ll have some relevancy in other, less blog-worthy, parts of my life.  Are you going to listen along with me?