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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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Episode #160 - Golden Years

Episode #160 - Golden Years

2019-10-0900:28:00

Ginger Baker has died, and we reflect on older musicians and how they keep on performing, even without any new material, until their golden years.Show notes:Ginger Baker obituary (The Guardian) (https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/oct/06/ginger-baker-obituary)Beware of Mr. Baker (https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1931388/)Episode #143 - Too Old to Rock 'n Roll (https://www.thenexttrack.com/146)Cream Farewell Concert (YouTube) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FZ0pv9R1uY)Town Hall / Symphony Hall, Birmingham (https://www.thsh.co.uk/whats-on/category/gigs)Steve Hackett: Selling England by the Pound Cruise (http://www.hackettsongs.com/news/newsTour2020.html)Episode #24 – Composer Timo Andres on Contemporary Classical Music (https://www.thenexttrack.com/25)Our next tracks:Orchestral Manoeuvers In the Dark: Souvenir (https://amzn.to/31ZQ3Y1)Mike Oldfield: Five Miles Out (https://amzn.to/2OvtDtR) 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.
Amazon announced a new lossless and high-resolution music streaming service. Has high-res music finally come to everyone? We talk with Chris Connaker, of Audiophile Style, to try to understand Amazon's logic. Guest:Chris Connaker: Audiophile Style (https://audiophilestyle.com/), Superphonica (https://superphonica.com/)Show notes:Amazon Music HD (https://amzn.to/2lyoeWQ)Amazon Launches Amazon Music HD (and Lies a Lot) (https://kirkville.com/amazon-launches-amazon-music-hd-and-lies-a-lot/)Apple's Mastered for iTunes; now called Apple Digital Masters (https://www.apple.com/itunes/mastered-for-itunes/)Amazon's press release, with the quote from Neil Young (https://press.aboutamazon.com/news-releases/news-release-details/amazon-music-introduces-highest-quality-audio-streaming-amazon)Book Review - Neil Young's To Feel The Music: A Songwriter's Mission to Save High-Quality Audio (https://audiophilestyle.com/ca/reviews/book-review-neil-youngs-to-feel-the-music-a-songwriters-mission-to-save-high-quality-audio-r834/)Episode #38 – New in Audio at the Consumer Electronics Show (where we discuss MQA) (https://www.thenexttrack.com/39)Our next tracks:Franz Schubert: Piano Trios Op.99 & 100 (https://amzn.to/2lpCSQs)To Cry You a Song: A Collection of Tull Tales (https://amzn.to/2mvPiX8) (Discogs info (https://www.discogs.com/Various-To-Cry-You-A-Song-A-Collection-Of-Tull-Tales/release/2623401))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.
Doug and Kirk discuss some audio-related projects they carried out this summer, new Sonos gear, streaming audio in the home, the iTunes visualizer, and more. Show notes:My New Vitsœ Shelves Have Freed Up Space in My Office (https://kirkville.com/my-new-vitsoe-shelves-have-freed-up-space-in-my-office/)Rams (documentary about Dieter Rams) (https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/rams-subtitled/id1475443451?uo=4&at=11l6om)Kef Q150 speakers (https://amzn.to/2LrJuaT)Q Acoustics 3010i speakers (https://amzn.to/2NWOENT)Kirk's comfy chair is an older model from this brand, similar to this style. (https://shop.stressless.com/en-gb/recliners/stressless-opal/p/000000000000078016?pid=12550150940103) Sonos Move (https://www.sonos.com/en-us/shop/move.html)Sonos One SL (https://www.sonos.com/en-us/shop/one-sl.html)Sonos Port (https://www.sonos.com/en-us/shop/port.html)Sonos Connect (https://amzn.to/31g7eEH)Kef LS 50 wireless speakers (https://amzn.to/2LsaKpX)Netgear Orbi mesh wi-fi system (https://amzn.to/34GiFaP)Episode #136 - Breaking Up with iTunes? (https://www.thenexttrack.com/139)Episode #145 - The Future of iTunes Redux (https://www.thenexttrack.com/148)Episode #152 - Flogging a Dead App: Is it Really the Death of iTunes? (https://www.thenexttrack.com/155)Sculpting Time - The Andrei Tarkovsky Collection (https://amzn.to/2Ad8RHm)Three Dog Night (Wikipedia) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Dog_Night)Our next tracks:Tarkovsky Quartet: Nuit Blanche (https://amzn.to/2NVrBD1)Three Dog Night: Captured Live at the Forum (https://amzn.to/2NYJbGu)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.
Andy Doe joins us to discuss CD packaging. The types of packages used, such as jewel cases and digipacks, and the marketing behind those Big Classical Box Sets. Guest:Andy Doe (https://andydoe.com/)Proper Discord (https://properdiscord.com/)Show notes:Andy's video about how to unwrap a CD (YouTube) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvRLrMcJvbo)O-cards and J-cards (https://www.nationalaudiocompany.com/2127-2/)Beethoven Symphonies, Roger Norrington, The London Classical Players (https://amzn.to/2L1Cl0U)Beach Boys: US Singles Collection (https://amzn.to/2MH74Cp)Murray Perahia: The First 40 Years (https://amzn.to/2MFMUsH)Bach 333 – The New Complete Edition (https://amzn.to/2L18mq3)Mozart 225 - Complete Edition (https://amzn.to/2L200OA)In Praise of the iTunes Column Browser (https://kirkville.com/in-praise-of-the-itunes-column-browser/)Julianna Hatfield, Only Everything:https://kirkville.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/hatfieldOnlyEverything.pngOur next tracks:Mitsuko Uchida Plays Schubert (https://amzn.to/2ZyqUpE)The Kinks: The Anthology 1964-1971 (https://amzn.to/2PgAQ2Z)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 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.
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