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Chasing the Dragon - Espana 180g D2D LP


From underwater filming to hi-end sound Direct to Disk

Record producer Mike Valentine’s business is underwater filming. His work can be seen in James Bond movies like “Casino Royale” and “Skyfall” as well as in “Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace”, “The Bourne Ultimatum” and dozens of other movies, television series and music videos.

Among Valentine’s other passions are music and good sound. Valentine and his wife and business partner Francoise invited NSo to Air Lyndhurst studios on February 10th, 2017 to record Chasing the Dragon’s upcoming new release “ESPAÑA- a tribute to Spain” featuring the music of Bizet, Chabrier and Rimsky-Korsakov..

The final takes will be available on 180g vinyl (Direct-to-Disc) as well as on “binaural” vinyl sourced from a double DSD master. You can already download from the company’s website double DSD, 24/192 and 24/192 binaural digital versions, recorded simultaneously with the D2D all-analog cut..



Mike Valentine's Chasing the Dragon record label brought in the National Symphony Orchestra to Air Studios to record a selection of pieces with a Spanish theme. These pieces were performed live without overdubs and cut direct-to-disc as per earlier recordings, but this time Valentine also captured the performance on a dummy head to produce binaural recordings of the work that is available here on 180-gram vinyl..

The boom in headphone listening has prompted greater interest in a binaural approach, suggesting that Valentine is onto something. All he has to hope now is that today's headphone lovers appreciate classical music.

There were a total of 63 mics used in the recording, however many of them were hardly faded up, so it's a "subtle" blend from those mics, Valentine says. "The main mics were Neumann M50s for the Decca tree and we try to go for very old ribbons in front of the brass, RCA mics from the '50s and '60s."



Rosie Middleton - mezzo-soprano
The National Symphony Orchestra
Debbie Wiseman, conductor


Side A:
Georges Bizet (1838-1875)
1. Habanera
2. The Gypsy Song

Emmanuel Chabrier (1841-1894)
3. Espana

Side B:
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908)
4. Capriccio Espagnol


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