About 'Music Odyssey' LP
The story of this LP starts back in 2015, when we made our first audio show in China, in the south coast city, Shantou. Since then so many things happened while our activity in China was not really shared on our web nor on western social media. Chinese people do not use Google, FB or WhatsApp. They mostly use WeChat. Majority of our customers in China do not speak or write English, do not post their impressions online, and communication and dealing with them was made possible by Rachel Zhang from Grant Fidelity, who ran our China operation since 2015.
Along our ‘journey’ in China we met so many wonderful music and audio enthusiasts, industry professionals, many of who are now using our speakers, whether for their personal joy or their professional use. Among the owners of our speakers are companies like PSVANE, Line Magnetic, Opera Consonance, Yaqin and few more, with whom we were also honoured to make many local audio shows…
Feedback and Reviews
“an incredible sampler of traditional folk music as well as modern symphonic works that seems to build upon that fundamental love I have for this music. In a way, Music Odyssey might be the perfect entry point into Chinese music for just about anyone–especially audiophiles…”
“This is lush and beautiful music that seems culled from the some historical epic about Europeans visiting the Chinese mainland in the late 18th century”…,”that’s what I imagine when I’m listening to this exquisite album. I see the images, in rich colors, moving across the screen, and I am swept away for a few hours (or in this case, 43 minutes)…”, “extreme care and love not only produces a great-sounding LP, but one that is so free from recording artifacts that you begin to hear deeper into the performance than usual…Furnace Records deserve all the credit in the world for coming up with such an amazing pressing, one so quiet and pristine”
From Part Time Audiophile review of the Gem Dandy Polytable Signature Turntable
Over the last few analog reviews, I’ve gravitated toward using a particular LP as an ultimate reference: PureAudio Project’s Music Odyssey—China. It’s been a while since I’ve reviewed it, and on a lark it was brought back into the rotation and now I’m just astonished by its beauty and its sound. I’ve discussed my growing obsession with Chinese music before, and this album—a remastered selection of tracks from Rhymoi Music—seems to be an unusually apt summary of what I specifically love about these musical genres.
‘Music Odyssey China’ has become a vital evaluation tool for me over the last few weeks, especially with all of the changes that have been going on in my system. It’s a touchstone recording, a way to zero in on each change. On the GEM Dandy PolyTable Signature, the clarity of the timbres of the various traditional Chinese string instruments was remarkable, with the physical movements of the strings and the fingers stepping ever so closer to the listener. Here’s what I heard that I haven’t heard before—the sound of a string moving in space, nearer to the wooden bodies of the instruments.
‘Movement, as in the finger pushing the string into the fretboard’. No more than a millimeter in space. I swore I could see it. It was eerie, and I’ll never forget that sensation. The music was always alive with movement in space.
The GEM Dandy always had the poise so I could hear those little sounds, the swift feeling of air swirling, an individual texture that you don’t often hear unless you’re listening to a much more expensive analog set-up. It was a master of detail only because it was so unperturbed, so determined to get the job right.”