We asked Society of Sound Fellow, synth enthusiast and all round sound pioneer Martyn Ware to come up with a top 10 list of albums that sound amazing on his P5 headphones
Founder member of both Human League and Heaven 17 and now a leading sound artist, Martyn came up with these inspiring choices. Seek them out, grab a pair of headphones and find out why..
Vince Mendoza: Epiphany
Magnificent orchestral arrangements reveal their true beauty and detail on headphones – listen to Ambivalence.
Quincy Jones: Sounds… and Stuff Like That!!
Incredible attention to detail and spectral mixing combined with beautiful and emotional arrangements – listen to Love Me By Name.
Frank Zappa: Orchestral Favourites
I use this to demonstrate any form of sound system including great headphones – amazing dynamic clarity – listen to Strictly Genteel.
Beach Boys: Surf’s Up
The best combination of songwriting and soundscaping ever – listen to Surf’s Up.
Minnie Riperton: Come To My Garden
The magnificent Charles Stepney and his perfect combination of beauty and detail gorgeously revealed on headphones – listen to Les Fleurs.
Earth Wind And Fire: Earth Wind And Fire The Greatest Hits
Charles Stepney again – sounds as fresh as the day it was mixed – listen in particular for the fantastic rhythm arrangements and balance – listen to In The Stone.
David Bowie: Low
Just to show that headphone mixing is not just about high fidelity – it’s about innovation and arrangement too – listen to Warszawa.
Everything Everything: Man Alive
Brightest hope for intelligent sonic balance and arrangement currently – listen to Schoolin’.
Leonard Bernstein: Romantic Favourites For Strings
Amazingly beautiful dynamics and detail perfectly revealed by headphone listening – listen to Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis.
Philip Glass: Koyaanisqatsi
Minimalist giant creates luscious spectral soundscapes which envelops the listener hypnotically – listen to Cloudscape.