New Music Wednesday

My buddy Tom sent me a link to an article about some guitar guy named Govan? a “preview” of some tasty guitar tracks.

Time to test “every song, ever recorded” again.

Found a wonderful “The Aristocrats – The Aristocrats”. Who knew? I called it a musical, gentle shredding.

Added for good measure “Tres Caballeros – The Aristocrats”, “Cactus Cruz – Michael Lee Firkins”, and “Love Devotion Surrender (with the Mahavishnu Orchestra) – Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin”.

Have to warm up the ears before recording the Warheads tonight.

Turns out that I have ‘tuned’ the JBL monitors/Scarlett 18i6/iTunes combination to get a nice 83 dB at the listening position with the software volume control set to 0 on the Scarlett (MixControl)


Sweaty Knockers

Every Song, Ever Recorded (or ‘Found in appleMusic’)

I read the review after I decided that ‘Kuolema’ is my new, favorite Sibelius work.
I am exploring the classical and jazz sides of ‘every song ever recorded’.
Today’s episode comes by way of my Sinfini Music e-mail blurb (occasional, actually has tasty music pointers).
I went to ‘New’ in the interface, typed in “turku philharmonic” – poof – there’s the very Naxos CD that they feature.
Quick reference – “Every Song, Ever Recorded” is the K-Tel ad for AppleMusic – or should I spell it 

Music ?


Found in appleMusic

In the trial mode of appleMusic. I posit that if I find an album a month ($10 on the iTunes store) that I would actually listen to more than once, then the service is worth the price of admission.

Note that it is only 12 albums a year, 20 years before my ears decide exploration is tired, 240 albums. Tiny amount of “saved” music. Might even purchase a “real” copy of some of them.

This weekend I had to add 2 new Tallis Scholars CDs to the collection (CDGIM045 – Tavener, CDGIM049 – Pärt) which I happily paid CD price for 48K/24bit recordings. I like my counterpoint clean.

Found in appleMusic – John Coltrane – “The Complete Africa/Brass Sessions”

Never knew of it. Never heard it. Happy to have it in the list of tunes.

Unfortunately most “easy” credits don’t tell the story of the players. Thanks to the folks we get this


Artist Credit
Billy Barber Tuba 
Billy Ray Barber Tuba 
Carl Bowman Euphonium 
James Buffington French Horn, Horn 
Garvin Bushell Piccolo, Reeds, Woodwind 
Dom Cerulli Liner Notes 
John Coltrane Composer, Primary Artist, Sax (Soprano), Sax (Tenor) 
John Coltrane Quartet Primary Artist, Unknown Contributor Role 
Donald Corrado French Horn, Horn 
Art Davis Bass 
Eric Dolphy Clarinet (Bass), Conductor, Flute, Sax (Alto) 
Robert Flynn Cover Design, Design 
Charles “Majeed” Greenlee Euphonium 
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet 
Elvin Jones Drums 
Hollis King Art Direction 
Booker Little Trumpet 
Cameron Mizell Production Coordination 
Robert “Brother Ah” Northern Horn 
Pat Patrick Sax (Baritone) 
Julian Priester Euphonium 
Ted Russel Cover Photo, Photography 
Robert Swisshelm Horn 
Creed Taylor Producer 
Traditional Composer 
McCoy Tyner Arranger, Piano 
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer 
Julius Watkins French Horn, Horn 
Todd Whitelock Mastering 
Isabelle Wong Package Design 
Britt Woodman Trombone 
Reggie Workman Bass

Advanced Audio Microphones DM20. Dynamic microphone based on the RE-20

Advanced Audio DM20

The DM20 is a super cardioid dynamic microphone, based on the original RE20. The DM20 produces a vocal presence peak  which can enhance the voice. It also has an internal windscreen and does not require a shock mount. It features two bass roll off switches and a high frequency filter.

via Advanced Audio Microphones DM20. Dynamic microphone based on the RE-20 | Advanced Audio Microphones.

This mic is sweet! Gorgeous sound. For my voice? all filters off, but I sort of like it with the left-switch filter active (-3dB at 120, -5dB at 50)

Mmmmmmm.DM20 in stand

LINNDRUM (LM2) EXS24 Instrument for Logic Pro

Popular from it’s launch in 1982, the LinnDrum was the second drum machine to be released by Roger Linns Linn Electronics company and was basically an upgrade to the revoloutionary  LM1 drum machine. Featuring an improved basic set of high quality 35kHz drum hit samples, the LinnDrum also included ride and crash cymbals within it’s arsenal. This made the machine a sought-after addition to many big name studio producers including Peter Gabriel, Sting, Jean-Michel Jarre and Prince. A fantastic sounding machine for it’s time, the LinnDrum has been recorded on many popular records and is credited by some for its role in the way music sounds and is created in certain genres today.


The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs

If you’ve tried listening to any of your old CDs lately, if you even own them anymore, you may have noticed they won’t play. That’s what happened to mine, anyway.

via The Library of Congress Wants to Destroy Your Old CDs (For Science) – Adrienne LaFrance – The Atlantic.

The last time I played through *all* of my CDs (1500) I found about 10 with unplayable parts, and 2 that were completely unusable.

One of the “damaged” CDs was actually harmed by the marker used to put info on it – the part where the ink was had become completely transparent.

Dance Band Experiments With ‘Three-Way Stereo’

Now NightBus, a dance-pop band with members split between Los Angeles and London, has what it says is a novel take on stereo. Its single, “When the Night Time Comes,” to be released on Tuesday by S-Curve Records, is produced in what it calls “three-way stereo,” an audio innovation for the earbud age.

via Dance Band Experiments With ‘Three-Way Stereo’ –

Actually it is 4 different tracks – left, right, stereo, and mono. If you put the recording in to mono you get a separate (and different) mix than either left or right alone.