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Scott Eastlick  |  Sep 05, 2018
Introduced to the world with a debut that had him writing, producing, and performing as well as playing all of the instruments, the bashful 17-year-old from St. Paul’s Minneapolis became one of few artists to live up to being labeled a prodigy.
Jason Victor Serinus  |  Aug 28, 2018
The birth centennial of Leonard Bernstein (1900-1978), the best known American classical composer, conductor, pianist, educator, and activist of the twentieth century, arrived on August 24.
Scott Eastlick  |  Jul 01, 2018
"While my love for music is as preternatural as my love for sugar, oxygen, and affection, I’ve never considered myself to be a bonafide audiophile" – Scott Eastlick
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 18, 2015
Thanks to reader mtymous1 for the heads up on this free download of the Foo Fighters new EP Saint Cecilia. Get yours here.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 03, 2015
Solo is Berlin-based pianist, composer and producer Nils Frahm's gift for a holiday he invented, "Piano Day will happen on the 88th day of the year, which most of the time is the 29th of March. Piano Day is intended to be the most joyful of all holidays." Solo features Frohm improvising on a very special instrument, the Klavins M370, recorded live in one take with no overdubs. Bravo! But wait, there's more....
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 30, 2015
Alan Lomax (right) with musician Wade Ward during the Southern Journey recordings, 1959-1960. photo credit: Shirley Collins/Alan Lomax Archive

Folklorist Alan Lomax spent about 60 years, beginning in the 1930s, traveling around this country and the world recording our musical heritage. From a 1991 interview with Lomax on CBS:

"The modern computer with all its various gadgets and wonderful electronic facilities now makes it possible to preserve and reinvigorate all the cultural richness of mankind."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 25, 2014
Linn is at it again, giving away a high resolution 24-bit track-a-day in December. If you head over now, there's a preview track available titled "Caledonia" from Dougie MacLean & Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Sweet!

Linn's 24-Bits of Christmas.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 10, 2014

YouTube just doubled down on their live music video investment by adding over 13,000 new titles to their Music Vault live music video showcase. Including performances from “Bill Graham Presents” and “King Biscuit Flower Hour” courtesy of a deal with Wolfgang’s Vault, there are so many great performances here I almost didn't know where to start. I only just came across this late last night but the selection appears to be broad, rich , and amazing. From single tracks to full concerts, from Muddy Waters to Miles to The Allman Brothers to St. Vincent, there's enough great footage here to ruin a week's worth of work time. Best of all, it's free.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 09, 2014
The NativeDSD.com website is gaining momentum. Now with seven labels represented and over 200 DSD downloads available, fans of DSD should be pleased. The latest news is their new "JustListen" label offering "special 'session tapes' and unedited performances that, up till now, are only heard by the production teams and those close to the industry." These "unedited ultra high resolution session recordings" are offered in stereo and multi-channel 64x DSD, 128x DSD, some in 256x DSD, and DXD. Did I mention they're free?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 16, 2014
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.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 03, 2014
Thanks to Stephen Mejias for the heads up on Ektoplazm and their huge catalog of free music downloads. I'll let Ektoplazm provide the details:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 30, 2014
I'm sure your aware that Pete Seeger passed away this week at the age of 94. Pete Seeger was a living legend and stood for many noble ideas and ideals and we can only hope that his message(s) will continue to spread. "Peace on Earth" being one easy example. To honor his life, Smithsonian Folkways have put together a Tribute including a Playlist taken from the album Headlines and Footnotes: A Collection of Topical Songs which you can stream for free. Go to the Smithsonian Folkways Tribute to Pete Seeger.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 26, 2013
'Tis the season. Linn will once again be giving away "...a different free Studio Master track every day in December until Christmas Day". Head on over to www.linn.co.uk/christmas to get yours.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 25, 2013
A world of music in streaming sound. After I followed the Kora Trail to the Smithsonian Folkways website and Foday Musa Suso, I clicked on their Radio Player and spent the better part of the evening immersed in the music of our world. China, Africa, Mexico, American roots, and more. I was reminded of many wonderful events and places from my past, our shared past, as well as hopes for future travels and experiences. It was dreamy.

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