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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 18, 2015 2 comments
What a prefect day to go to your favorite record shop and buy some tangibles! Check out the Record Store Day website for a complete list of participating stores. Happy hunting!
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 17, 2015 0 comments
Milford Graves taught at Bennington College during my time there. I had the great pleasure of hearing him perform a number of times on campus and afterward in NYC. Most recently in June of 2013 as part of a trio including Bill Laswell and John Zorn. But it was Milford's solo performances that had the greatest impact on me both musically and physically. Let me explain.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2015 3 comments
I spent yesterday afternoon, and a lovely afternoon it was, in NYC's lower east side at the posh, yes posh, SIXTY LES hotel checking out the Raumfeld line of wireless high-res ready devices. I have to say the setting, speakers, and other devices certainly look the part of fine German design. I also have to say that since the Raumfeld line will be sold direct, available in the USA in September, the prices are rather friendly.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 15, 2015 25 comments
When I tell people what I do for a living, one response I get is, "So you listen to music for a living? Nice." And it is, nice. Of course there's a bit more to it than that but in essence I spend a lot of my time listening to music. But this all started when I was a teenager and got my ears on Are You Experienced, the first record I ever bought, which set me on a path of musical discovery that continues today.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 14, 2015 26 comments
If you ever read an article about sound quality and music and it includes "On my laptop's speakers I could not tell the difference...", I'd recommend taking everything said related to sound quality as being relevant only under those same conditions. After all, it's important to realize that any test is only as valid as the conditions under which the test was performed.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 13, 2015 13 comments
I finally found the "Real-life listening tests" article on the CR website. They compared CD-quality WAV files, AAC files from iTunes, and "high-res files". No details were given as to what music was used nor the resolution of the high-res files. They did however note the test setup:
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 10, 2015 1 comments
Plucked treble viola da gamba, melodica, electronics, percussion, effects, and voice are all of the elements which make up French pop experimentalist Cecile Schott's newest release Captain of None on Thrill Jockey. We've featured the music of Colleen before but here she steps away from the literal into the abstract.
Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 09, 2015 4 comments
photo credit: April Music

All-In-One Music Center
If we look at the Aura Note's anatomy, we can conjure up a whole host of music playing possibilities. If we step back and look at the Aura Note's exterior, we see a device deigned for people who value such things as industrial design (I do). Taken as a whole, those looking for an attractive one-box solution may have found their ideal dancing partner.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: Apr 08, 2015 20 comments
“Every disease is a musical problem; every cure is a musical solution.” ― Novalis

When CD players first hit the market, some people, including many audiophiles, complained that they sounded like crap. I lived through this period and for me early CD playback was painfully bad—brittle, shrill, dry, and lifeless. Of course other people argued, and some still do!, that this perception was nonsense, CD-quality being, for all intents and purposes, perfect in theory. Much better than analog. They were of course wrong in practice.

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Posted: Apr 07, 2015 10 comments
"Banished to a life of mediocrity" to paraphrase someone, I just don't know who, on how Consumer Reports makes me feel whenever I read it. Thankfully, I only do so sparingly every few decades when an old appliance breaks down for good at which time CR rises up from the ashes of dead vacuum cleaners and clothes washers (Oh hell, may as well get the matching dryer too) to offer colorless views completely lacking in imagination and joie de vivre like Detective Sergeant Joe Friday on a particularly morose day. Clearly we're not looking for what's best or most enjoyable when dealing with CR, we're dealing with what will get the job done for the least amount of money. Harumph!