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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 18, 2016 11 comments
I have been reading other Lovely Recording articles and thoroughly enjoying the mix of musical tastes in them, but after reading the Metal installment, I was inspired to write my own list of recordings that started my musical journey.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2016 1 comments
Try not to think about Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. Instead, try listening to White Lunar (Mute/BMG, 2015), a double-CD-sized compilation of their film music, without expectations and if you hear what I hear, you'll be taken away to fascinating places spanning time. Music includes film scores from The Proposition (2005), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), The English Surgeon (2007), The Road (2009), and The Girls of Phnom Penh (2009). In addition, there are four pieces comprising a suite, all of which take their names from craters.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 14, 2016 15 comments
From the press release:
New York, April 13, 2016 - The 1.2 release of Roon marks the launch of the Roon Core partner program, which places the Roon Core software functions into partner devices so that server companies can offer a turnkey Roon experience.
"For many customers, the journey of building and managing a computer audio system is a hobby that they enjoy, but for others, working through the challenges of making an ideal computer audio system is an obstacle to enjoying music.

"The Roon Core program means that these customers can leave the technology to others and have an off-the-shelf experience of Roon from trusted partners."—Roon Labs CEO, Enno Vandermeer

Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 14, 2016 8 comments
"I don't believe in frettin' and grievin'"
When using the Dynaudio Xeo 2s, all one need do to get music from your computer to your ears is connect the hardware with a Toslink cable and plug those suckers in. The Xeo 2s can process up to 24-bit/192kHz PCM data, there are 65W amps for each driver, and the master speaks to the slave wirelessly. Just add music.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 13, 2016 0 comments
"Why don't you write about apps?" a friend suggested. Yea, why don't I? As regular readers may have noticed, some of the Download of the Week picks are available on Bandcamp. Within that group, some are records available directly from the artist, my favorite kind. The idea that the person(s) making the music get my money is a comforting thought.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 12, 2016 6 comments
From the press release, here's company president & CEO Xuanqian Wang:
"The new ALTAIR is both a high quality streamer and DAC, and was designed based on feedback from dealers for an exceptional yet convenient-to-operate Digital Source unit at an $1,800 - $2,000 price point.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 12, 2016 23 comments

The Loudness Petition Group, which consists of members Eelco Grimm (Grimm Audio and HKU University of the Arts Utrecht), Bob Katz (Digital Domain), Matt Mayfield (Matt Mayfield Music) and Ian Shepherd (Mastering Media), is on a mission to cut the legs and logic out from under the excessive use of dynamic compression in our music. Their proposal and petition aims to get streaming services to apply "loudness normalization" by default (the loudness level as defined the Audio Engineering Society recommendations), thus rendering all streaming music equal in terms of volume level. Check out that video for a nice illustration of the problem.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 11, 2016 1 comments
I've learned a lot reading this column, and share these records in the hope they might worm their way into some readers' minds and playlists, as they've wormed their way into mine.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 10, 2016 2 comments
photo credits: Nativ

From the Press Release:

Nativ Vita is the world’s first high-end music player with a 11.6” touchscreen and pioneering user interface to conveniently access all of today’s music. Play popular streaming services such as Apple Music, Spotify or Tidal directly from the built-in LCD, and stream stunning music videos to your TV via HDMI or wirelessly with Google Cast. Nativ Vita supports Apple Airplay, Spotify Connect, Google Cast and Bluetooth aptX for seamless integration of your mobile devices, and plays music from your Mac, PC or NAS through its ultra-fast 802.11ac and Gigabit networking technology. Network music libraries can also be navigated with the pre-installed music interface from Roon. Large music libraries can be stored directly on the built-in hard disk or SSD drives with up to 4TB capacity.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 08, 2016 11 comments
Tag Eins Tag Zwei (Day One Day Two) came my way via John DeVore (I have to say that getting music recommendations from friends is among my favorite things). F.S.Blumm's guitar and Nils Frahm's piano and harmonium coupled with various and sundry sounds mixed into their improvisations kissed my brain like a warm spring breeze. Thanks, I needed that.