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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 26, 2016 7 comments
Intro to MQA
I have never witnessed a hi-fi topic with a seemingly self-perpetuating cycle where the more answers given give rise to more questions than the Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) audio codex. At the risk of continuing this cycle, I'm going to begin this review with some MQA facts.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 25, 2016 1 comments
Short and sweet: A company spokesperson for Warner Music Group has confirmed in a phone conversation earlier today that WMG will continue to provide their distribution partners, like HDtracks, with high-res PCM music.[1]
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 25, 2016 35 comments
Carnival of Souls in high-res

In a manner of speaking, it should be. Now that The Industry is promoting the crap out of High-Res Music, with that godawful logo, you may as well throw a flower on it and call it a day.

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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 24, 2016 1 comments
From the Bandcamp Blog:
Bandcamp grew by 35% last year. Fans pay artists $4.3 million dollars every month using the site, and they buy about 25,000 records a day, which works out to about one every 4 seconds (you can see a real-time feed of those purchases on our desktop home page). Nearly 6 million fans have bought music through Bandcamp (half of whom are younger than 30), and hundreds of thousands of artists have sold music on Bandcamp. Digital album sales on Bandcamp grew 14% in 2015 while dropping 3% industry-wide, track sales grew 11% while dropping 13% industry-wide, vinyl was up 40%, cassettes 49%… even CD sales grew 10% (down 11% industry-wide). Most importantly of all, Bandcamp has been profitable (in the now-quaint revenues-exceed-expenses sense) since 2012.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 23, 2016 3 comments
What a delight this feature of Audiostream has been. It’s great to see that audiophiles listen to something other than Kinda Blue and Diana Krall. I’ve been looking for the next great musical thing for as long as I can remember. Along the way there were memorable moments of discovering Roxy Music as a teen, seeing Steve Reich premier Tehillim in the Rothko Chapel and watching journeymen players get lost in a sound at the Lennox Lounge in Harlem.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 20, 2016 6 comments
I have to learn how to let go. I had to learn how to let go of my love (fixation?) of PJ Harvey's early kickass albums so that I could enjoy the music she's making now. I say that in the past tense but I'm really still working on it, mainly because I find her early albums so damned good. But I've changed since her first record Dry came out 1992, so why would I expect PJ Harvey to stay the same?
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 18, 2016 8 comments
It depends on whom you ask. I have Jana Dagdagan to thank, Jana is our relatively new colleague at TEN (and I highly recommend reading her blog on Stereophile), for the heads up on a very thoughtful and thought-provoking guest post on MUSIC • TECHNOLOGY • POLICY by composer and big-band-leader Maria Schnieder titled,Open Letter to YouTube, "Pushers" of Piracy.
I appreciate YouTube’s illegal business model might yield a few anecdotal success stories like Mr. Green’s and his videos of opening beer bottles with antlers, but for the vast majority of the artistic community, including me, and every musician I know (and I know thousands), YouTube is a resounding disaster.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 17, 2016 0 comments

From The Art of Listening website:

The Art of Listening is a documentary film about the journey music takes to reach a listener’s ear, from the intent of an instrument maker and composer, to the producers and engineers who capture and preserve an artist’s voice. This journey is narrated by intimate conversations with artists, engineers and producers about the philosophy of their work and the intent behind each musical note they create.
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Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 16, 2016 4 comments
I really enjoy AudioStream, particularly the Lovely Recordings feature. Here are a few I’d like to share:
Michael Lavorgna Posted: May 13, 2016 8 comments
Narcissus, Caravaggio (1594-96)

"Systems lean." So read my notes in reference to the experience of listening to lots of systems at the High End Show 2016 in Munich. Systems lean.

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