Sunday, December 4, 2016

Kraftwerk - 2016-07-25 - Verona, IT (AUD/FLAC) by REQUEST

(Audience FLAC)

Kraftwerk 
Arena 
Verona, Italy 
2016-07-25 

[GP065dm] 

source: AUD (see location below) > Church Audio CA-14 Cardioids > Church Audio battery box > Edirol R-09 (24-bit/48.0 kHz, LINE-IN, rec. level 30/30) > SDHC Panasonic RP-SDM04G 
location: block 22, row 15, seat 34 (about 50 m from the stage, 15 m right), hat-mounted mic 
transfer: SDHC Panasonic RP-SDM04G > HD (via USB) > Audacity 2.1.1 (editing, see below) > CD Wave 1.98 (track splitting) > r8brain 1.9 (44.1 kHz resampling/very high quality 16-bit dithering) > TLH 2.7.0.172 (level 8 compression) > FLAC 
generation: master (no optical media extraction) 
taper: Giuseppe Pastorelli [G.P.] (doublec) 

Mainset: 
01 [0:34] *** intro *** 
02 [3:57] Numbers 
03 [3:13] Computer World 
04 [7:12] It's More Fun To Compute + Homecomputer 
05 [5:49] Computer Love 
06 [3:49] Minicalcolatore 
07 [5:19] The Man-Machine 
08 [5:28] Spacelab 
09 [3:43] Das Modell 
10 [5:58] Neon Lights 
11 [5:21] Metropolis 
12 [8:59] Autobahn 
13 [4:13] Tour de France 1983 
14 [0:27] Prologue 
15 [2:51] Tour de France Étape 1 
16 [2:06] Chrono 
17 [0:27] Prologue 
18 [4:45] Tour de France Étape 2 
19 [0:35] Geiger Counter 
20 [6:19] Radioactivity 
21 [4:18] Electric Café 
22 [3:20] Trans-Europe Express 
23 [0:46] Abzug 
24 [3:15] Metal On Metal 
25 [2:38] *** encore break 1 *** 

Encore 1: 
26 [7:35] The Robots 
27 [1:07] *** encore break 2 *** 

Encore 2: 
28 [5:19] Planet Of Visions 
29 [2:32] Boing Boom Tschak 
30 [2:45] Techno Pop 
31 [8:15] Musique Non Stop 

Total running time [2:03:11] 
WAV 16-bit 1.21 GB 
FLAC 16-bit 664 MB 

Tape story: 
The venue is the famous Roman amphiteatre (1st Century BC) in Verona, also known for the Verona Arena Festival (summer opera festival). 
I had a seat in the first level gallery at about 50 m from the central stage. Quiet people around me, but chatting is occasionally audible in the quiter parts of the recording. 
The acoustic of the Arena is amazing and the sound is excellent. 
Unfortunately the second half of the recording (tracks 18 to 31) is affected by hiss on the left channel due to my computer bag falling down a step under my seat when I tried to protect it from rain. 
I have put the recorder in the front pocket and the cable was strechted. Where the recording is seriously ruined I have used the right channel only (stereo-to-mono). 

What about the show? 
It was my first Kraftwerk show (and the first 3D concert in my life). 
A classic "English-language" performance with some surprises: Pocket Calculator in Italian (Minicalcolatore) and The Model in German (Das Modell) 
Also Homecomputer, The Man-Machine, Neon Lights, Radioactivity and Techno Pop contain choruses and/or verses in German 
I can imagine Kraftwerk would thank the large number of German attendees (the Garda Lake near Verona is a common holiday site for German-speaking people) and Verona is not far from Austria and South Germany 
A light rain fell between Spacelab and Autobahn (during Metropolis you can hear occasional raindrops on the mics) 

Technical notes: 
- The total running time of the recording was 2:14:02; I have cut the first 10:24 mins of pre-intro electronics and last useless 27 secs reducing the master to 2:03:11. 
- I have amplified (+3.0 dB on the left channel, +3.5 dB on the right channel) and slightly compressed (-30 dB/2.0:1) the whole recording and faded-out the last 10 secs. 
- About 12 mins of the recording has been reduced to mono (right channel has been used in place of the left one) in order to remove serious hiss on the left channel: 
* Autobahn (from 0:32 to 1:40) 
* encore break 1 (from 1:18 to the end) and The Robots (from beginning to 1:49) 
* encore break 2 (completely), Planet Of Visions (completely) and Boing Boom Tschak (from beginning to 1:23) 
- If you burn to audio CD, you will need 2 CDs (CD1: 01-12; CD2: 13-31) 

"This recording is a poor gift to Ian Macdonald (ianmacd) for his excellent and inspiring residency of 8 nights at the Amsterdam Paradiso" 

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