Akira is a very refreshing/interesting movie. The plot is cutting edge back in it’s day. So is its merchandise - it is one of the rare BD releases with 192 kHz audio.
The Japanese call this the Hypersonic effect, and in my opinion the audio track is really really good.
I cannot remember if my version is RAW or TrueHD, but if it’s the latter, it’s also the only movie I like with this codec. Personally I am never impressed by TrueHD and always prefer the clarity I can get from DTS HD Master. Unfortunately with the new 3D audio thing it looks like Dolby has won . But I digress, let’s go back to topic of this post.
As I was saying - futuristic. Everything about Akira is always on the cutting edge. So when I was in Hong Kong earlier this year, I snapped up 30th anniversary CD immediately.
It’s great to listen to music in the comforts of your own home. However, sometimes it’s a great experience to re-calibrate your auditory sensors by going to concerts and live events. I’d avoid crowded venues whenever possible, however when Michael Ball and Alfie Boe announced their Australia Tour 2017 and will be in town (Perth, Western Australia), it’s a opportunity that simply cannot be passed up. I love musicals! This show is the best performance I have been to so far. Perhaps it’s because I’m so close to the performers.
Went to the Adele Perth concert at Domain Stadium last night. The performing stage is amazing, and we got good seats. That is a 360 degrees video wall and the eyes open up when the show begins!
Alas the sound system is just not up to scratch for a wannabe audiophile like me. Compression is an issue - like all the released albums.
Still there is no stopping this charismatic, jovial and quick witted performer. She has the ability to light up the room, any room. And she definitely lit up the 100 year old stadium with about 65000 singing, dancing fans!
It was an enjoyable night, and bonus points for the awesome weather! Given a crowd of 65,000 headless choooks1, I expected the worse. We took public transport to and from the venue, and kudos to Transperth’s organisation as the experience is extremely smooth and pleasant back and forth.
I’m sure people will complain on Twitter about how they are delayed by this and that, but for us we are back home real quick. There are clear signs indicating where the pick up/drop off points are, and all in all it was a pleasant experience. Well done Transperth!
More grainy pictures after the link. Great event to mark the first anniversary of the Snakeoil OS yesterday.
Footnotes: 1: For everybody else outside Australia - Chooks is Aussie slang for Chickens. As for what headless chooks means, honestly I have no idea!