Actor Robin Kermode talks about his new book - described as 'funny and touching by Gosford Park Oscar winning writer Julian Fellowes
5 live's ace film critic can't get enough Cronenberg! Mark Kermode and director David Cronenberg join presenter Simon Mayo to talk about about the critically acclaimed movie 'Eastern Promises'. You can listen to Mark reviewing the latest film releases every Friday between 3 and 4pm on BBC Radio 5 live.
Simon Mayo, 1-4pm weekdays, BBC Radio 5 live.
Phil Williams stands in for Simon Mayo and is joined by Mark Kermode for a review of the latest film releases. As ever Mark vents his spleen on what's hot - and what's not - at the box office - and this Paris Hilton turkey doesn't get off lightly...
Review of The Dukes of Hazzard
A joint rant about how great William Friedkin's Bug is and how terrible Good Luck Chuck is.
Prepare yourself folks, here's another classic review from Dr Mark...
The Culture Show on BBC 2: In a rare TV interview, singer-songwriter Neil Young talks to Mark Kermode about the changes of direction his music has taken over forty years.
Kevin Spacey does his best Christopher Walken impression (and a few more including Al Pacino!) as he helps Mark Kermode review down the UK Box office Top Ten on BBC 5 Live. www.bbc.co.uk/5live. Kermode and Mayo Film Review Every Friday 3-4pm.
Woody Allen on Ingmar Bergman. Interviewer: Mark Kermode.
Janis Joplin and The Kozmic Blues Band
April 12th, 1969
Janis Joplin: Vocals
Sam Andrew: Guitar, Vocals
Richard Kermode: Organ
Gabriel Mekler: Organ
Cornelius "Snooky" Flowers: Baritone Saxophone, Vocals
Terry Clements: Tenor Saxophone
Luis Gasca: Trumpet
Brad Campbell: Bass
Maury Baker or Lonnie Castille: Drums
David Nalbandian KICKS Official
Argentina's David Nalbandian was sensationally disqualified from the Queen's Club final on Sunday for angrily kicking an advertising board at a line judge which left the official suffering a gashed and bloodied leg.
The fiery Nalbandian, who had won the first set 7-6 (7/3) against Croatia's Marin Cilic, had just lost his serve to fall 4-3 down in the second when he reacted with a frustrated kick at the board, which was just in front of line judge Andrew McDougall.
A stunned and angry McDougall then rolled up his trousers to reveal a bloody gash on his leg before appearing to remonstrate with Nalbandian.
Play came to a halt and after a delay of several minutes, ATP supervisor Tom Barnes came onto the court to speak to umpire Fergus Murphy and Nalbandian.
It soon emerged that the 30-year-old's petulant behaviour had been punished with disqualification "due to unsportsmanike behaviour" and Cilic was declared the champion.
Nalbandian responded by waving his arms in frustration while the 6,000-capacity crowd jeered, but the former Wimbledon finalist later returned to the court to apologise for his actions.
"I am sorry to do that. Sometimes we get very frustrated here on court. It is tough to control," he said, before also launching into a rant against ATP chiefs.
"It is a tough moment to end a final like that. Sometimes we feel the pressure from the ATP. It is a mistake and I have to pay for that. Everybody makes mistakes.
"There are a lot of rules and sometimes they don't do anything. The rule book is very big and I can tell you the ATP do a lot to the players and nothing happens."
Barnes said that Nalbandian had accepted the sanction and said further punishment was likely to follow.
"He knows the rules and knew what was going to happen. He didn't do it intentionally. He lost control and a guy got hurt," said Barnes.
"I am not surprised by what he said about the ATP."
Nalbandian was understood to be unhappy with playing conditions at the Queen's Club, a traditional warm-up event for Wimbledon, where the schedule had been badly affected by rain all week.
"The grass had been slippery. Maybe he thought it wasn't safe. But the courts were playable," added Barnes.
Tournament director Chris Kermode told the BBC: "It's one of those really unfortunate things.
"It was an unbelievable final. Best match all week. Nalbandian ran across in frustration and kicked a panel which went flying across and caught a line judge. He's quite seriously injured. A violation was called immediately.
"Nalbandian clearly regrets what he's done. It's unfortunate. These things happen.
"To have the match ending this way is disappointing, but we're under the governance of ATP rules. David feels terrible. It was a pure accident."
Cilic looked slightly bewildered as he lifted the giant silver trophy during a rather subdued post-match presentation on court.
It was the 23-year-old's first ATP title since winning in St Petersburg in October last year and the triumph made him the first Croatian man to win on grass since Goran Ivanisevic at Wimbledon in 2001.
But the sixth seed admitted taking the title in such a bizarre manner wasn't the ideal way to conclude a successful week.
"It was very bitter. It's definitely not the way I wanted to win," Cilic said.
"To end like this is not easy. The match was getting hot and it's tough to see the final finishe like this.
"I can't change it, but I'm really sorry for the fans that it finished like this."
This is a short Fender Rhodes amplification test comparing a Roland KC-350 keyboard amp and a Fender Twin Reverb.
The signal is then split using a boss AB switch where the KC-350 is connected to channel A and the fender twin is connected to channel B.
The signal on channel A goes through a tube pre-amp and then into the KC-350.
The signal on channel B goes directly into the Fender Twin Reverb.
The recordings where made using identical microphones and settings on both amps.
The final recording is made by connecting the tube pre-amp directly to the mixer.
October 6. 2007
Thank you !
Well, do you need a tube amp to get a great Rhodes sound ? In general: NO ! Many tube amps drain the dynamics from the characteristic Rhodes sound. Unless you go for a more harsh and cutting sound, you should look for alternative amplification. Many Rhodes recordings that you can hear on records are recorded directly from the harp of the Rhodes using a DI-box or pre-amp. There is no need for tubes, unless you want to crunch things up a little bit. High quality solid-state pre-amps will do a very good job ! Actually I have used a Crunch Master in this video. I have owned the device since 1988 and I am quite happy with it. What makes it very special is that it's not only a pre-amp, but also a 1 watt power amp, providing the more nice sounding power-amp crunch/distortion. If you want to try it with the Rhodes I recommend you to use the cab-output (it has a cabinet simulator and power-soak built-in). Eq'ing is important and I find the Eq options of the Crunch Master very satisfying for the Rhodes. A good full-range keyboard amp, a PA or a direct connection to the mixer in a studio will provide you with a great Rhodes sound. But of course, if you like the hard tube sound, a Fender guitar amp is the right choice (the Twin Reverb is ok, but not the best!). For an example of that kind of Rhodes sound, listen to Santana's "Samba De Sausalito" from the "Welcome" record, or even better the "Lotus" live album. The late great Richard Kermode is playing.
But after all this please remember, that 95% of a great Rhodes sound depends on your piano. I have had several Rhodes pianos and some of them, even though they were in mint condition, could just not be adjusted to sound good. This is strange, but that is how it is. You can get a great sounding MkII that you do anything with and it will always sound great. You can also get a bad sounding MkI suitcase and no matter what you do with it and no matter what amp or preamp you use, it will sound boring. Focus on the piano first and then find the amplification that you like.
I will post more videos when I find the time to make them. Until then... Stay strong ;-)