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RUNNING ORDERS AND FRUSTRATIONS...


Just now completed the running order for the 'Drive This Comet Actross The Sky' album. Encountered some technical problems with this...

I always burn draft running orders to audio CDRs to see how well the tracks sit together, but this time it has not been easy. Read on to understand why....

A few weeks ago I managed to order some new blank audio CDRs from a company on the internet. Unfortunately, proper audio CDRs are not as easy to come by today as they were a few years ago, mainly due to the increasing computerisation of files for audio. But, being a more digitally organic type of chap, I like to burn an actual audio CD to hear the tracks back in their selected running order, to see how they feel on the antiquated hi-fi downstairs. These draft running orders are not assembled on computer burned CDs but on a dedicated hardware audio CD burner here in my studio.

Well, I ordered two boxes of blank audio CDRs from the internet, all of which should have worked ok in my hardware burner. Unfortunately, disc after disc that I placed in the burner triggered the message 'OPC ERROR.' So I now have a pile of unusable discs, all giving this same error message, despite having paid through the nose for them. Was it the hardware burner itself that was at fault, I wondered?

I then found two remaining discs from an older box of CDRs, (same brand and type as these newer ones.) I placed one of these into the CDR burner and it worked just fine, no problem at all.

My only conclusion is that this new batch of two boxes worth of CDRs is being sold, (despite the fact that they're all faulty,) as legitimate, usable discs. Clearly, they're not.

Anyway, I've now finally managed to assemble a running order for the 'Drive This Comet Across The Sky' album. This running order actually misses around four or five potential tracks out. Too many to include. Maybe they will form the basis of a future album. Or maybe not.

Here it is, and here it will stay, all being well.

1: 'FABLES OF THE FUTURE.'

2: 'HERE IS WHERE I DREAM.'

3: 'LOST IN SPACE.'

4: 'HOUSE OF MYSTERY.'

5: 'DRIVE THIS COMET ACROSS THE SKY.'

6: 'HERE I AM, (AND YOU CAN HEAR ME.)'

7: 'LUNA ROSA.'

8: 'YOUR IMAGINATION.'

9: 'RAINDROPS.'

10: 'HELLO YOU BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE.'

11: 'TIME IS RUNNING AWAY.' (THE BLUE NOWHERE.)

12: 'THIS AND THAT.'

13: 'CERTAIN CIRCLES.'

14: 'WHERE ARE THE STARS THAT FALL FROM HEAVEN.'

15: 'SERENE IN SILVER.'

16: 'THE TICKING OF TIME.'

Meanwhile...another flyer for the 'Dynamos And Tremolos' album...



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