Monday, 5 March 2018

RE-UPLOAD: Sophya - Tivoli, Utrecht, The Netherlands - 24.04.2013 (Flac)

Very good band, even in ianmacd is not a fan, a big thank youto him for recording it anyway and sharing on dime. They were supporting The Chameleons Vox. Excellent sound

Original Info File:


Type: Audience master, recorded 3 - 4 metres back from the suspended left-hand
      side PA.

Source: Factory-matched pair of Schoeps CCM 41V microphones (DINa mounted) ->
    Marantz PMD661 recorder with Oade Concert Mod
    (-18 dB gain/44.1 kHz/24 bit WAV)

Lineage: Audacity 2.0.3
       * Attenuated a few transient peaks.
       * Normalised to 0 dB.
       * Applied variable amplification across recording for consistent
         listening experience.
       * Very minor manual balancing of channels.
       * Added fades.
       * Split tracks.
       * Converted to 16 bit.
     -> FLAC (compression level 8) [libFLAC 1.2.1 20070917]

Taper: Ian Macdonald (ianmacd)


Sophya are supporting The Chameleons Vox on their two Dutch dates in Utrecht
and Apeldoorn. I'm attending both.

Sophya look and sound like a hundred other bands signed to tiny labels that
promote third-rate post-gothic bedroom projects under frivolous descriptors
like 'darkwave'.

It's not that they're awful; it's just that we've seen and heard it all
before. It's been done to death over the last 25 years. Even that is
survivable if the songwriting is best of breed or there's some enticing new
twist on an old theme, but there isn't. Musically, lyrically and visually,
it's a conveyor belt of threadbare, mothballed electro-goth clichés.

At 45 minutes, it's a long support set. The Chameleons have been generous, but
it's been a long day for me already and I'm relieved when Sophya finally make
their exit.

The recording is excellent, if anything better than the one I make later in
the evening of The Chameleons.


01. [04:57] Machine
02. [05:47] Mute
03. [03:23] The New One
04. [05:13] More
05. [00:27] [banter]
06. [06:02] Soul Stealer
07. [04:49] Fifty Four
08. [04:27] Desire
09. [06:10] Blossom
10. [00:32] [banter]
11. [04:21] Another Day

Total running time: 46:07


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