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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 19, 2014 0 comments
It's a beautiful day to get out and about and pop in to your favorite record shop! Happy hunting! Record Store Day Special Releases.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 18, 2014 1 comments
It's so....organic. So bossa nova. So sultry. Five female vocalists including LouLou Ghelichkhani, Elin Melgarejo, Karina Zeviani, Natalia Clavier, and Shana Halligan join Thievery Corporation's Eric Hilton and Rob Garza and more than a dozen guest musicians on Saudade to pay tribute to their love of Brazilian music. It's an hommage, a love letter, so if you're expecting anything more, perhaps some glitchy electronica or dub-infused bass bombs, you'll have to look elsewhere in the Thievery Corporation cannon.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 17, 2014 5 comments
I have a love/hate relationship with streaming services. OK, to come clean I mostly don't enjoy them. I find streaming services restrictive and narrow in the music they present to me according to their notion of my taste. I grow impatient with the "learning process" and I also enjoy hearing music I don't necessarily like. I enjoy being challenged musically which is something I find DJ's do on a regular basis. You know, people. Some days being presented with an endless stream of familiarity is enough to make me want to disconnect from the warm embrace of the coded curated for good. I've long been meaning to examine these distastes but that project keeps getting put off. Thankfully, Eric Harvey has written a wonderful, thorough, and thought provoking essay on streaming music and its available to all on the Pitchfork website.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 17, 2014 8 comments
Another Micro DAC
I don't know about you, but I think choice is good. The micro DAC market has seen a rabbit-like infestation of products including the AudioQuest Dragonfly, Meridian Explorer, HRT MicroStreamer, Audioengine D3, Arcam rPAC, LH Labs Geek family, iFi's nano line, and more. Two things that the Cambridge DAC Magic XS offers that not all the others do is the ability to play back up to 24/192 files and on-device push button analog volume controls.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 16, 2014 0 comments
Let's let Lefse Records explain:
The audio tracks that form the raw material for Space Project were recorded by the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes that NASA launched in 1977 and still uses to study the outer solar system. The satellites carry numerous instruments fine-tuned to record in different portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. The "sounds" recorded by the Voyager probes aren’t sounds in the conventional sense; rather, they are electromagnetic radiation fluctuations in the magnetosphere of the planets, moons and large asteroids the Voyager probes traveled near. Each celestial body is composed of different elements, has its own size and mass, and therefore sounds unique.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2014 11 comments
How do we gauge success? The Kickstarter goal for the Pono campaign was set at $800,000 which was the minimum amount required for the project to get funded. Exceeding that goal by more then 7 times must qualify as an unqualified success. Perhaps the more interesting and informative number is this goal was generated from 18,220 backers who are also potentially future PonoMusic customers. Compared to iTunes 600+ million users that's, well, not very many but let's also keep in mind that Pono was one of the most-funded campaigns in Kickstarter history. But is that the appropriate metric to gauge Pono's success? I don't think so.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2014 3 comments
A team of Japanese roboticists from the University of Tokyo built a band of robots, Z-Machines, consisting of a guitarist with 78 fingers, a drummer with 22 arms, and a keyboardist that shoots green lasers to activate his keys. Then Z-Machines musical producer, Kenjiro Matsuo, asked a number of musicians to compose music for their band. Tom Jenkinson, aka Squarepusher, gladly took up the challenge and the result is his new EP, Music for Robots recently released on Warp Records.
Steven Plaskin Posted: Apr 14, 2014 7 comments
The Overdrive USB DAC/Pre is the creation of engineer-designer Steve Nugent of Empirical Audio. Empirical Audio was formed in 1994 and initially concentrated on the sales of patented cable products designed by Steve Nugent. Steve’s background included a degree in Electrical Engineering with 25 years of digital design experience. His resume included work for the Intel Corp. where he served as a design-team lead in the development of the Pentium II processor. Steve has also been a passionate audiophile for over 39 years and this interest lead him into the modification of other manufacturer’s audio products in 2002. His modifications not only included DACs, but preamps, power amps and CD players / transports. The modification of numerous designs gave Steve a wonderful opportunity to see what sounded best in audio and DAC design. During this time, Steve developed the Off Ramp Turbo USB Converter; a device that offered a USB interface to digital products. In 2009, Empirical Audio ceased equipment modification and concentrated on original computer audio product design.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 11, 2014 0 comments
Clay Rendering is Mike Connelly (Wolf Eyes) and Tara Connelly (they're married) and Waters Above The Firmament is their second EP released on Hospital Productions following a string of cassette releases as The Haunting. They are joined here by Robert Beatty (Three Legged Race/Hair Police) on synth with production help from Dominick Fernow and together make a heavy sonic assault on song. Industrial noise, drone, and overdriven guitar lap up against moody melody making for an unsettling yet ultimately alluring sound.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 10, 2014 20 comments
MacRumors has re-reported (see re-report) a rumor started by blogger Robert Hutton (see his original post) based on unnamed sources that iTunes will begin selling 24-bit downloads in June. Of this year.

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