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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 17, 2016 2 comments
I've had a soft spot for Norwegian composer Maja Ratkje's hard music for years. Beyond her solo work, the music of Fe-Mail is a particular favorite for its SPUNK (another of Ratkje's bands) and noise. I have her solo album Stalker on picture disc! (Important Records, 2006) and have played it for a few good friends who don't mind a little pain with their pleasure. Crepuscular Hour, released on Rune Grammofon in May of this year, adds hauntingly beautiful choral music and church organ to Ratkje's electronic noise for an hour-long journey into the heart of darkness, and light.
Steven Plaskin Posted: Jun 16, 2016 14 comments
Andreas Koch, Founder, CEO, and Engineer along with Bert Gerlach, Engineer have recently released the new Playback Designs Sonoma Series that includes the Syrah Server, Merlot DAC, and OpBox conversion kit for the Oppo103 Blu-ray Disc Player. Another component in the Sonoma series is also slated for release called the Pinot that is an Analog Digital Convertor. I’m sure a number of you have noticed that the Sonoma Series has named the products after fine wines. Andreas previously worked for Sony developing the first native DSD recorder and workstation. Sony’s chairman at that time felt that DSD’s potential and performance was similar to a good wine; hence the name Sonoma for the workstation. Andreas’ view of musical experiences and fine wine:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 15, 2016 5 comments
The Berklee College of Music’s Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) has formed the Open Music Initiative (OMI) to create "a global, open sourced platform, providing technology for a shared ledger of music creators and rights owners". Why? According to Ty Roberts, Universal Music Group's Chief Technology Officer, "...to promote development of comprehensive, fair and efficient compensation structures to capture the value generated by music and music-related content, and properly reward the creative talent responsible for it." Better late than never!
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Jon Iverson Posted: Jun 14, 2016 91 comments
Register to win a pair of Meze 99 Classics Headphones ($309.00 Retail Value) we are giving away.

According to the company:

"What is it that discards the superfluous, the gimmicky, the flashy, the questionable, the overly fragile, the misplaced? The obvious answer would be time. And this is also the riddle of good design: very few objects achieve such a rarefied consistency of qualities. This is our aim with the Meze 99 Classics, the anti-fragility of a classic, with a sound on par with the design. Pure, natural sound in a timeless body."

[This Sweepstakes is now closed.]

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 14, 2016 27 comments

Of late, I've decided to work from the NYC office every other Wednesday. My commute consists of a roughly hour drive to Hoboken, a PATH ride to 33rd Street, and the few block walk to 261 Madison Ave. As such, I carry a bag with stuff in it and at Jana's suggestion, here are some of its contents.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 13, 2016 1 comments
I really like this column and will be auditioning all of these lovely recordings.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 10, 2016 4 comments
From McLaughlin's brief intertestamental period, post-Miles/pre-Mahavishnu Orchestra, Devotion feels like a kiss goodbye to Jimi Hendrix, who passed away in London in September 1970 when this album was released. While McLaughlin distanced himself from Devotion because he felt Alan Douglas destroyed it in production, I've always had a purple hazy soft spot for its sheer badassness.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 09, 2016 12 comments
Baetis
Think fly fishing: Baetis is a genus of mayflies that happens to be on every trout's mind and menu. Baetis, the company, is located on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Montana so my guess is trout is on their mind and menu.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 07, 2016 12 comments
Computer Audio can be kinda kludgy, especially for people looking to play digital files on their hi-fi with the ease of playing music on their phone or slipping a disc into a player or slapping an LP onto a turntable. If you read about Computer Audio on the internet in search of a simple solution, you'll burrow deep into the heart of a complex and oftentimes angry beast. The truth of the matter is, you no longer have to.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Jun 07, 2016 25 comments
Bandcamp's recent good news about their continued success planted a question in my mind; Since Bandcamp charges the same price for lossy and lossless downloads, I wonder how many people still buy the lossy version? So I asked Bandcamp and they answered.

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