If you’re a Bob Dylan fan, you certainly appreciate the poetry of his lyrics. In hundreds of songs, Dylan has told tales in his own unique way. There have been collections of his lyrics in the past, but a massive new book, due out in a few weeks, will collect all the lyrics to his […]
Pianist David Toub has launched a crowd-funding effort to pay for the recording of two of his works. Performed by Stéphane Ginsburg, these works, quartet for piano (2010) and for four (2012), will be released on the World Edition label in 2016. David Toub’s work is very interesting. I encountered his music back in 2007, […]
!It’s a common misconception to measure expected audio quality in terms of bitrate. Intuitively, it seems as if more data will mean higher quality, but this isn’t always the case. The trouble with lossless codecs is that they’re very inefficient – even a compressed lossless format like FLAC or ALAC is generally encoding things that humans simply cannot hear.
People don’t seem to have a problem with this when it comes to pictures. Nobody says “I won’t look at a website unless all the images are TIFF files”, because that’s plainly ridiculous. We’ve all seen badly compressed images on the Internet, and we’ve all seen beautiful ones too. We understand that “what it looks like” is the reliable measure of, well, what it looks like.”
A good discussion of music compression, and the fallacy of thinking that bigger is better.
However, in his footnote, Mr. Doe makes a fundamental error; just because there are higher frequencies in high-resolution music files doesn’t mean that a dog will think they sound better. They will certainly have more audible frequencies, but it’s a truly subjective thing, from the canine point of view, whether those frequencies are desirable, and whether they improve the music.
As of today, it is legal to rip CDs in the United Kingdom. Because, before, it wasn’t. If you bought a CD and ripped it to add to your iTunes library, well, you were breaking the law. Seriously. (I wonder if they every prosecuted anyone for that offense…) But “personal copying for private use” is […]
Much has been written about “the loudness wars,” the trend for music to be over-compressed. This isn’t the kind of compression one talks about when discussing, say, MP3 files; this is audio compression, or dynamic range compression, which reduces the differences in loudness in a song so the entire song can be louder. When a […]
As more and more vendors and artists try to jump on the high-resolution bandwagon, it’s clear that a lot of them are confused. Take this example of the Grateful Dead. Yesterday, the band send out an email saying that they now have “High Definition Dead.” And they are offering high-definition – or high-resolution – files […]
The other day, I posted about the new box set of Maria Callas’ Complete Studio Recordings being available for download on the iTunes Store. I had a few exchanges with Andrew Rose, of Pristine Classical, which restores historical recordings, and Andrew said that he thought the Callas remasters were not good. He told me he […]
The Beatles have released a free EP containing four solo tracks, one by each of the members of the band, all released after the band broke up. It contains the following songs: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band: “Love” (1970) George Harrison: “Let It Down” (1970) Paul McCartney and Wings: “Call Me Back Again” (1975) Ringo Starr: […]