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Transcending Continents and Memories 33.3 rpm 180gm LP


Herb Reichert's 2018 "Stereophile Record to Die For"

"This perfectly recorded admixture of French Medieval, traditional Chinese and post-postmodern avant-garde music is surely one of producer-engineer Todd Garfinkle's finest releases, on both musical and sonic levels. The contrapuntal interplay of Chinese pipa (lute), organetto, medieval fiddle and percussion parlays contrasting tones, textures and unexpected shifts in harmony into marvelous musical moments without precedent or equal. When I listen to this unusual recording, I inhabit the musicians' space and feel I'm sitting in the room among them. This recording is, for now at least, the finest combination of music, art and sound I know of."

An MA Recordings special project juxtaposing Medieval French with Traditional Chinese Pipa music

Recorded at 5.6 MHz DSD in the church of Nevian, Southern France.

Microphones: DPA 4006 omnidirectional, completely rebuilt by Marcel Croese of Create Audio;

Cables: Black Cat Custom XLR cables by Chris Sommovigo;

Microphone amplifier by Marcel Croese

Recorder: KORG MR2000, modified by Marcel Croese


Christophe Deslignes: Organetto

PeiJu Lien: Pipa

Jean-Lou Descamps: Fiddle, Hardingfele (Norwegian Fiddle)

Thierry Gomar: Vibraphone + Percussion

A unique collection of French Medieval and Chinese melodies, recorded in the Medieval (and only) church in the small village of Nevian in Southern France. The blend of Medieval Organetto, Chinese Pipa and Fiddle, supported by various percussion instruments is an aural experience impossible to describe. The uncanny juxtaposition of the two music cultures is something I invite you to experience. I'm pretty sure you'e never heard anything like it before.

The Japanese made MDC lacquers were expertly cut (needless to say) on the fly by Bernie Grundman in the spring of 2016 on his Scully lathe equipped with Westrex cutting head. All cutting amplifiers utilized custom made vacuum vacuum tube circuitry. I brought my modified KORG MR2000 with all the master files on board and the signal went via the shortest path to the lathe thru a passive attenuator box custom built for the studio.  

The freshly cut lacquers were then immediately Fedexed to Master Craft in New Jersey where Desmond plated them, creating both Metal Masters and Mothers. I had initially intended to press records in Japan, but a multitude of issues arose with the only remaining plant there and this plan had to be abandoned. Eventually, I made contact with Record Industry in Holland where the present records were, I must say emphatically, expertly pressed!

The traditionally made, very beautiful cover was printed in Taiwan. The quality is very high! The LP itself is packaged in MA Recordings' custom made inner-sleeves, made in Japan, exclusively for MA!!  For those interested in purchasing them separately, we have them for sale elsewhere on the MA site.


Please, PLEASE(!) feel free to let us know what you think of our new Vinyl creations by writing a review!

Thank You!  

Sonically Yours,



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