I love listening to music. My current lifestyle means that I mostly listen to music either on-the-move (using some PMP running Rockbox) or at my desk whilst working. I don't currently subscribe to any streaming music services because BBC 6 Music is simply too good.

The Setup

Sennheiser HD438s

Sennheiser HD438s

home hifi

home hifi

On the move, I have one or more portable music players running Rockbox, ranging from an iPod Video with an iFlash adaptor, a Sansa Clip+ (gift from my previous coworkers, thanks!) or an older Sansa Clip Zip and Sansa Fuze (v1).

The older Sansa which support Rockbox are great players, but like all things they eventually wear out, and the price for them on the second hand market can be crazy. Sadly the newer players are very unlikely to get Rockbox ported to them.

I use a pair of AKG K451 foldable headphones for most of my listening, with some Sennheiser HD438s that I sometimes used in the house. I recently picked up a pair of Sennheiser HD589 Cs, but the jury is still out on them.

On the rare occasions I get to listen to music at home, I use a Dual CS 505 turntable (~1980, a gift from my Father) with an Autofon stylus with a Cambridge Audio AM10 amplifier (recently replacing my stalwart Rotel RA-712 from 1976) and a pair of Eltax monitor IIIs. The system is housed in a slightly customized Ikea Expedit shelving system (although I keep the speakers out now).


pleasant memories

pleasant memories

My first PMP was an iRiver H140.

In the dim and distant past I was a big minidisc fan. I still have my Sony MZ-R70 minidisc player in working condition, and a Sony walkman from before that.

The first pair of vaguely decent non-earbud phones was a pair of AKG K512s which were good, but the Sennheisers really put how good into perspective.


The Cure

The Cure

The Cure

There are a lot of cure bootlegs, and a lot of interesting cure stuff to collect on them. Stiff as toys and tall as men has a very comprehensive bootleg database.

unanswered questions

There's a version of the Cure's All Cats are Grey floating around on bootlegs that has a string (probably violin) introduction. Here it is on youtube:


I've never found the full song (just the string intro) and never in a good quality. Does anyone know the story behind it? Is it an early demo? Who is playing the violin? Or is it a live recording?

Nine Inch Nails

See nin.

Free Music

My old guide to some free music available online.

External links

I have a last.fm page, which keeps track of some of the things I have listened to recently on the computer, either at home or at work.

Blue Monday Owner's Club

Now sadly defunct, The Blue Monday Owner's Club was an art project by a New Order / Blue Monday fan. The basic idea of the site was for people who owned the record (reportedly the best-selling 12" single of all time) to submit a picture (straight or artistically-stylised) of themselves with their record. The website showcased each picture. I think there were also biographies attached ("where where you when…-style).

I believe the plan was to publish a book of the photographs.

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