Writings about Macs, music and more by Kirk McElhearn




Hear All of Bach’s Works for Free, if You’re Patient


The Netherlands Bach Society is running an interesting project: All of Bach. Their goal is to record, and make available, all of Bach’s 1080 works. Each Friday a new work is available, so, if you want to hear them all, you’ll have to wait about 20 years. So far, they have 17 works on the […]

I Just Broke the Law: I Ripped a CD


Updated, from an article originally posted in November, 2013, because it’s still not legal. I ripped a CD this morning; I violated copyright laws. In the UK, where I live, it is illegal to rip a CD. No one gets prosecuted, but the law is still on the books. There is actually no law that […]

Some New and Forthcoming Classical Box Sets


It looks like it’s going to be another bumper year for low-priced classical box sets. If you’re a classical music fan, you may like picking up these sets, because they fill in your collection, or they let you get a lot of music by a favorite performer or composer. Here’s a list of some of […]

Who Had the Bright Idea of Designing a Box Set Like This?


The John Eliot Gardiner Collection, from DG, has 30 discs across Gardiner’s career, covering a broad range of music: Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, operas and passions, and some symphonies. I bought this box set last year when it came out, but hadn’t gotten around to ripping it, so I pulled it off my shelf, and […]

Some Modern Classical Recordings to Discover


In a recent article, I wrote about why I feel that a lot of contemporary classical music is boring. A few comments and emails made me think that, to counter that article, I should present some modern classical music that’s not boring. I admit that I’m not that familiar with enough contemporary music – by […]

Is This the Future of Hi-Fi?


Writing at The Computer Audiophile, Chris Connaker has an article laying out what he sees as The Future of HiFi. As always, he presents a number of interesting points, explaining why the future of digital music is in the cloud, by subscription, and lossless quality or higher. But Chris is wrong when he suggests: All […]


Essential Music: Bob Dylan’s Witmark Demos


Between February, 1962 and June, 1964, Bob Dylan, at the dawn of his career, made a number of recordings for two publishing companies, Leeds Music and M. Witmark & Sons. These recordings were released in 2010 as The Bootleg Series: Vol. 9: The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964. (Amazon.com, Amazon UK) Dylan had recorded his first album […]

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