martedì 19 novembre 2019
Studio 105, Maison de la Radio, Paris, France
Recording date : October 15, 2004
First broadcast : December 6, 2004
Digital broadcast (cable) > SoundBlaster Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro > Goldwave > WAV > Flac Frontend > Flac
01 - Plainsong
02 - High
03 - A Night Like This
04 - The End of the World
05 - Charlotte Sometimes
06 - Lovesong
07 - Taking Off
08 - Primary
09 - Jupiter Crash
10 - Closedown
11 - Before Three
12 - From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea
13 - A Strange Day
14 - Disintegration
15 - If Only Tonight We Could Sleep
16 - The Kiss
Twice a month, French radio France Inter broadcasts the "Black Sessions". Hosted by Bernard Lenoir, who should be considered as the French equivalent of John Peel (RIP), this show features live sessions by new or famous rock and pop bands. Lenoir, who has followed The Cure's career since their early days, has never managed to get the band into his show for various reasons, mostly scheduling incompatibilities. Twelve years after the very first "Black Sessions", The Cure finally manages to play for this respected show. The band played 18 songs during this 90-minute session. Two of them, "Us or them" and "Alt.end" didn't make it to the broadcast. There were introduction and conclusion comments (in French) by Bernard Lenoir, but I had to cut them to fit the show onto a single 80-minute CD. NO music has been cut. Lenoir also adds some comments between some of the tracks, but has enough taste to stop right before the next track begins.
Even though I own a sound card that is 24-bit-capable, I'm not familiar with that kind of recording. I decided to try to do my best with 16-bit recording and an all-digital lineup. France Inter, the radio which provides the Black Sessions, broadcasts (among other means) over digital cable. So I used a Toslink cable to link the digital output of my cable box to the Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro inside my PC. I recorded the tracks onto my hard drive and edited them with Goldwave, which is the software I'm the most comfortable with for audio. Files were Flac'ed using the Flac Frontend.
At 1:38 during Before Three, you'll hear 4 beeps. Every hour France Inter sends these beeps over the air, whatever the broadcast is (talk show, ads, music...). I don't think there is a way of removing them nicely, without tampering with the music. I hope you won't be too annoyed by these parasite sounds.