Newsletter July 1999

We have now welcomed visitor number 14,000.  The virtual turnstile is clicking pleasantly, and we're very glad you're exploring and/or returning.  Please send even more of your friends over to stereosociety.com.  Forward this E mail to them.  Or 15 of them.

This month, we're delighted to feature, at last, an extended interview with Kit Hain.  Originally bursting out with a Top Ten single worldwide at the end of the seventies (Dancing In The City), she decided soon after that she was far happier just writing songs.  Half the world dreams of being a successful star, to be pointed out in restaurants and parties, but she preferred otherwise.  Here she talks about the change, and provides many fresh insights into her craft from her years of successful songwriting experience.  What makes a song tick?  How do performer and song relate to each other?  You can also hear her answers in RealAudio or Liquid Audio.

Kit's albums have been out of print for many years now, but they are still worth hearing.  On the Audio History page, we offer an extensive collection of complete tracks from her first two solo albums in streaming audio, as well as (Dancing In The City).

Complementing the long interview with Lene Lovich which we posted at the launch in April, we offer audio excerpts from her comments made this past February.  She and Les Chappell, her long-term partner, are working on a new album, for which most songs are written, expected to be ready late this year.

Johnny Reinhard's unique album continues to win new friends.  We are pleased to add his  early autobiography, The Reinhard Papers, about growing up in Brooklyn, to our Words department, complementing his essay on 'Composing Polymicrotonally'.

Augmenting our new History corner is a streaming audio version of Mike Thorne's first major record company production, a version of White Cliffs Of Dover and All The Things You Are for 120 saxophones.  Recorded in the London summer of 1976 (aka 'the summer of punk'), it even made 'Record Of The Week' on Radio London.  Truly, Fings Ain't What They Used Ter Be.

We have added further variations in the Radio page.  With this feature, you can click on a pre-determined selection of ten tracks and listen while you wander the Internet.  Or do the dishes.

Our Downloads page is augmented with high-resolution versions of our four CD covers.  All files are now in .zip (PC) or .sit (Mac) form so that even if they are text or graphics, they will download and stay in your computer as files rather than opening in the browser.  If you are not sure of the procedure, see our Help section Downloads and Compression.

There are some minor navigation improvements which will help visitors with 14" or 640x480 browsers, such as a reduced button range at left and link repeats at the bottom of the page.  Deleted are the Index, which will appear once we finish changing our site programming routines, and About Us, which is now incorporated in the Contact page.

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