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Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 07, 2011
Through their Only The Music website, dCS is giving away three high resolution downloads. Grab yours before they run out!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 09, 2011
Another great collection of free high definition downloads this time from Norwegian label 2L. Here we have a selection of Beethoven, Haydn, Britten, Vivaldi, Krambupolka and more in Stereo FLAC 24 bit/192kHz, 24 bit/96kHz, and Surround 5.1 FLAC 24 bit/96kHz. There are even a number of free DSD 64 2.8224Mbit/s tracks! Yowza!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 11, 2013
A big huge thank you to musical entiser extraordinaire Stephen Mejias for the heads up on this lovely album from Oval's Markus Popp:
Calidostópia! is the result of a 10-day, blind-date-esque studio session in Salavdor De Bahia, Brazil. Rapid prototyping + unlimited enthusiasm + working in three shifts = metamelomusical supermerger. I went to to Brazil with tons of released as well as unreleased material - and returned home with dozens of all-new, beautiful songs.
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  |  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  |  Mar 10, 2012
As a follow-up to The Emperor's Old Clothes: In Theory Is Where I Do My Best Practice, I thought it worthwhile to point you to Soundkeeper Recordings who offer various versions of the same music for download in different bit/sample rates. For free. Here's why...
One thing that comes up repeatedly in discussions with other music lovers and audiophiles regarding CD vs. high resolution digital formats, is the fact that most folks have no means of making a valid comparison. Often, the high resolution version of a record is mastered at a different session, sometimes by a different engineer. At many so-called "format shootouts", one hears level differences, EQ differences, etc., making a true comparison of the formats impossible. Astute listeners realize these are comparisons of different masterings and not of the formats themselves.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 07, 2011
Chris Kirkley (Sahel Sounds) went to Mali and Mauritania spent time traveling and collecting this fascinating music (especially that auto-tuned Moroccan chaabi!) and when he returned home in 2010 he made it available first on a limited edition cassette distributed by the ever-amazing Mississippi Records and then as a free download titled Music From Saharan Cellphones. I'll let Chris tell the story:
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  |  Jul 27, 2012
Thanks to my friend and colleague Stephen Mejias (again) for sending me this link this very morning. Lawless is a new film from John Hillcoat coming to theaters 31 August 2012. Adapted from the Matt Bondurant novel "The Wettest County In The World", featuring a screenplay written by Nick Cave, the more relevant news for us is Lawless also sports a soundtrack by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis and these bad seeds, ex-Grindermen are joined by a host of heavies including Emmylou Harris, Ralph Stanley, Mark Lanegan, and Willie Nelson. I always knew Nick was a cowboy.
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.
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.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 05, 2012
Charles Bukowski, Underwater Poetry Festival a Rev. Willis recording

I received this rather minimal email with a subject line reading Archive.org,

Anything from the Mermen (usually very high quality equipment used in the recording, especially those done by Steve Brown)

My Surf Coasters recordings...the performances are stunning."

That was pretty much it with the exception of a link to this...
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.
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.

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