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Author: Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn

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Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn discuss music and musicians, and how we listen to music, whether it be analog or digital, downloaded or streamed, audio, or video.
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We discuss the future of the music business, and come up with at last 10 ideas about how things will change in the next 10 years. Because 10 is a good number. Show notes:Robert Klein: "Now You Can Get Every Record Ever Recorded" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRjl_nIRSLk)10 Ways The Music Industry Will Change In 10 Years (https://www.vibe.com/photos/10-ways-music-industry-changes-10-years)The future of music: 10 predictions from industry professionals (https://www.redbull.com/gb-en/future-of-music-10-predictions-from-industry-professionals)10 Trends That Will Reshape the Music Industry (https://www.midiaresearch.com/blog/10-trends-that-will-reshape-the-music-industry/)David Cronenberg: eXistenZ (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Existenz)Watch Beatlemania Descend On Abbey Road To Mark 50th Anniversary Of Iconic Album Cover Shoot (https://www.udiscovermusic.com/news/beatlemania-abbey-road-fiftieth/)Episode #35 – Musician and Developer Peter Chilvers on Brian Eno’s Album and App Reflection (https://www.thenexttrack.com/36)Nocturnal after John Dowland (https://brittenpears.org/explore/benjamin-britten/music/work-of-the-week/49-nocturnal-after-john-dowland/)Our next tracks:Benjamin Britten: Nocturnal, after John Downland; performed by Paul Galbraith (YouTube) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY74itDa-Mw)Gang of Four: Entertainment! (https://amzn.to/2Z6hi57)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
We welcome Simon Reynell, who runs Another Timbre, a one-man record label that releases experimental and contemporary music. Simon tells us how he started the label, and what it's like to run a record label in a niche of this kind. Guest:Simon Reynell (http://www.anothertimbre.com/allaboutjazzarticle.html)Another Timbre (http://www.anothertimbre.com)Show notes:Frank Denyer: music for shakuhachi (http://www.anothertimbre.com/denyershakuhachi.html)John Cage: Two2 (http://www.anothertimbre.com/cagetwo2.html)John Cage's Number Pieces (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Number_Pieces)Episode #69 – Brian Brandt of Mode Records on John Cage, Morton Feldman, and the Music Business (https://www.thenexttrack.com/72)Episode #80 – John Cage (https://www.thenexttrack.com/83)Episode #123 - John Cage's Silent Piece 4'33" (https://www.thenexttrack.com/126)Wandelweiser (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wandelweiser)Edition Wandelweiser Records (https://www.wandelweiser.de)Wandelweiser und so weiter (http://www.anothertimbre.com/page145.html)Harold Budd on Morton Feldman (https://harmonicsdb.wordpress.com/2014/12/31/harold-budd-on-morton-feldman/)Brian Eno on the Andrew Marr Show (https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00071g0/the-andrew-marr-show-21072019)Our next tracks:Brian Eno: Apollo: Atmospheres And Soundtracks) (https://amzn.to/3187FjA)Captain Beefheart: Trout Mask Replica (https://amzn.to/2YqqD7J)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
The Sony Walkman was introduced 40 years ago. When it first came out, it was the biggest change in musical listening since the record player. It ushered in an era of personal listening, and, with the popularity of cassette tapes, changed the music industry. Show notes:As Sony's Walkman Turns 35, a Look Back at Its Inception (https://time.com/2940385/sony-walkman-35-years/) (Shows a photo of the TCS-300)TC-D5 (http://www.walkmancentral.com/products/tc-d5)TPS-L2 (the first Walkman) (http://www.walkmancentral.com/products/tps-l2)3M Wollensak Magnetic Tape Recorder, Model 1500 SS, 1960-1965 (https://www.thehenryford.org/collections-and-research/digital-collections/artifact/388490)Aiwa portable cassettes players (http://www.walkman-archive.com/gadgets/series_aiwa_px_line.html)Home Taping Is Killing Music (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_Taping_Is_Killing_Music)Laurie Anderson: United States Live (https://music.apple.com/us/album/united-states-live/285632854)Our next tracks:The Cure: Faith) (https://amzn.to/2Sps7cP)Led Zeppelin: Physical Grafitti (https://amzn.to/2JQK9AI)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Philosopher John Lysaker joins us to discuss his recent book about Brian Eno's Music for Airports. We talk about the idea of ambient music, and how Music for Airports defined a genre. Guest:John Lysaker (https://www.johntlysaker.com)John Lysaker's book Brian Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports (https://amzn.to/2Xo8Cam)Show notes:Episode #150 - Ambient Music (https://www.thenexttrack.com/153)Brian Eno: Ambient 1, Music for Airports (https://amzn.to/2xszkiC)Music for Airports liner notes (http://music.hyperreal.org/artists/brian_eno/MFA-txt.html)Arvo Part: Tabula Rasa (https://amzn.to/2XqFuiL)Brian Eno: Behind The Reflection - BBC Click (YouTube) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cv7epY75Wa0)Scape (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/scape/id506703636)Brian Eno: Reflection (https://apps.apple.com/us/app/brian-eno-reflection/id1180524479)Our next tracks:Brian Eno: Another Day on Earth) (https://amzn.to/2Jmeo2f)Crazy Horse: Crazy Horse (https://amzn.to/326hobH)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
"iTunes is dead!!!" claim a number of websites and publications. Even on the TV news they were saying that "Apple has discontinued iTunes," that "it's the end of an era." Apple made big announcements at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference in early June. Did they really kill off iTunes? We look at this subject, yet again, for what will be the last episode about the future of iTunes, at least until the next one. Show notes:Episode #136 - Breaking Up with iTunes? (https://www.thenexttrack.com/139)Episode #145 - The Future of iTunes Redux (https://www.thenexttrack.com/148)Episode #149 - In Which We Discuss the Potential Breakup of iTunes Yet Again Because We Really Didn't Have Anything Else to Talk About This Week (https://www.thenexttrack.com/152)iTunes Doesn’t Look so Dead to Me (https://www.kirkville.com/itunes-doesnt-look-so-dead-to-me/)About the upcoming changes with iTunes on Mac (https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210200)First Thoughts About Music.app (https://dougscripts.com/itunes/2019/06/first-thoughts-about-music-app/)Our next tracks:Rolling Thunder Revue (Netflix) (https://www.netflix.com/title/80221016)Toadies: Rubberneck (https://amzn.to/2ZvRlZh)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
We welcome back Chris Connaker, who tells us about the latest trends in hi-fi at the Munich High End audio show. Guest:Chris Connaker: Audiophile Style (https://audiophilestyle.com/), Superphonica (https://superphonica.com/)Show notes:High End Munich (https://www.highendsociety.de/index.php/en/home.html)Josh (https://www.josh.ai)Qobuz (https://www.qobuz.com)Episode #147 - Kirk's New Sonos Amp (https://www.thenexttrack.com/150)Focal Maestro Utopia Evo speakers (https://www.focal.com/en/home-audio/high-fidelity-speakers/utopia-iii-evo/floorstanding-speakers/maestro-utopia-evo)Warwick Acoustics (https://warwickacoustics.com)DCS Bartók DAC (https://www.dcsltd.co.uk/products/bartok-headphone-dac-amplifier/)Burmester Audiosysteme (https://www.burmester.de/en/)Tech Das (https://techdas.jp)Our next tracks:Tangerine Dream: Official Bootleg Series Volume Three (https://amzn.to/2WqgjfG)BR5-49: The Best of BR5-49 (https://amzn.to/2KugGyG)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast. Special Guest: Chris Connaker.
The problem with the genre of ambient music is that most of it is not ambient music. No one really agrees on what exactly ambient music is. We discuss the genre, and the music, and how we feel about this type of music.Show notes:Brian Eno: Music for Airports, Bang on the Can (https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eno-wyatt-davies-bang-on-a-can-music-for-airports/389889337): Music for Airports](https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eno-wyatt-davies-bang-on-a-can-music-for-airports/389889337)Ambient Essentials (Apple Music) (https://music.apple.com/us/playlist/ambient-essentials/pl.472dc0c5efe548bb9846e484378aa47b)Morton Subotnick: SIlver Apples of the Moon (https://music.apple.com/us/album/morton-subotnick-silver-apples-of-the-moon-the-wild-bull/472279905)Brian Eno: Ambient 1: Music for Airports (https://music.apple.com/us/album/ambient-1-music-for-airports/724435863)Brian Eno: Discreet Music (https://music.apple.com/us/album/discreet-music/724643909)Brian Eno: Music for Installations (https://music.apple.com/us/album/music-for-installations/1355781373)Morton Feldman: Triadic Memories (https://music.apple.com/us/album/feldman-triadic-memories/1401568259)Terry Riley: In C (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_C)Lester Bangs interviews Eno (http://music.hyperreal.org/artists/brian_eno/interviews/musn79.html)George Winston: December (https://music.apple.com/us/album/december/418470064)Ludovico Einaudi: Seven Days Walking: Day 3 (https://music.apple.com/us/album/seven-days-walking-day-3/1458597198)Harold Budd: Ambient 2: The Plateaux of Mirror (https://music.apple.com/us/album/ambient-2-the-plateaux-of-mirror/724653175)Miles Davis: The Complete In a Silent Way Sessions (https://music.apple.com/us/album/the-complete-in-a-silent-way-sessions/833082788)List of ambient music artists (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ambient_music_artists)Our next tracks:Ryuichi Sakamoto: Playing The Piano 2013 In Yokohama (https://amzn.to/2WgOoOl)David Bowie: Stage (https://amzn.to/2HvcQTR)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
We discuss the potential breakup of iTunes yet again, because there is some new information about what the future of iTunes will be. Show notes:Steve Troughton-Smith (https://twitter.com/stroughtonsmith)Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes (https://dougscripts.com)Episode #136 - Breaking Up with iTunes? (https://www.thenexttrack.com/139)Episode #145 - The Future of iTunes Redux (https://www.thenexttrack.com/148)Doug's AppleScripts for iTunes (https://dougscripts.com)Remove n Characters from Front or Back (https://dougscripts.com/itunes/scripts/ss.php?sp=removenchars)Grateful Dead - Set 1 - 10/31/80 - Radio City Music Hall (YouTube) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKsKOpNq7og)Our next tracks:Grateful Dead: The Warfield, San Francisco, CA 10/9/80 & 10/10/80 (https://amzn.to/30pBnkP)Little Feat: Waiting for Columbus (https://amzn.to/2VJoWkZ)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Episode #148 - Spoilers

Episode #148 - Spoilers

2019-05-1000:23:36

We don't often talk about TV, but this week we discuss some TV series, how people watch TV, and in particular the disappearing experience of appointment TV. And we link this all with iTunes, at least a bit. Show notes:Line of Duty (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00yzlr0)Line of Duty season finale is UK's most watched TV show of 2019 (https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/may/06/line-of-duty-season-finale-uk-most-watched-tv-show-2019)Goodbye, Farewell and Amen (MAS*H) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodbye,_Farewell_and_Amen)Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80221016)The Twilight Zone (complete series) (https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/the-twilight-zone-the-complete-series/id1362191621?uo=4&at=11l6om)Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-season/studio-60-on-the-sunset-strip-season-1/id195695521?uo=4&at=11l6om)Our next tracks:Bob Dylan: World Gone Wrong (https://amzn.to/2HaHhPb)Easy Star All-Stars: Dub Side of the Moon (https://amzn.to/2Yc9bQg)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
Kirk bought some new audio equipment: a Sonos Amp. We talk about how this amp works, and how it has allowed Kirk to minimalize the equipment in his home office. Show notes:Episode #21 – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Subwoofers (https://www.thenexttrack.com/22)Sonos Amp (https://amzn.to/2VcgV7T)Music Matters, Stratford-upon-Avon (http://www.musicmatters.co.uk/store/stratford-on-avon/) Yamaha R-N803 amplifier (https://amzn.to/2H0sdn6)dbx 286s Microphone Preamp & Channel Strip Processor (https://amzn.to/2DMiFKB)Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Audio Interface (https://amzn.to/2Y50TKe)Episode #134 - Downsizing Your Audio System (https://www.thenexttrack.com/137)Marantz Melody X (M-CR612) (https://www.marantz.co.uk/uk/products/pages/productdetails.aspx?catid=wirelessmusicsystems&subcatid=0&productid=melodyxmcr612) Kirk's Audio Test Tracks (https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/kirks-audio-test-tracks/pl.u-3rZysqvY4l) (AppleMusic playlist)Tangent CD II (https://tangent-audio.com/products/9-electronics/165-tangent-cd-ii/)Cambridge Audio AZUR 651BD (https://www.richersounds.com/cambridge-651bd-blk.html)Our next tracks:J. J. Cale: Stay Around (https://amzn.to/2PMGk23)Mose Allison: The Prestige Collection - Greatest Hits (https://amzn.to/2PLqdlg)If you like the show, please subscribe in iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-next-track/id1116242606) or your favorite podcast app, and please rate the podcast.
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