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What to Do When iTunes Doesn’t Find Track Names for CDs You’re Ripping

I ripped some CDs today, and was very surprised to see this in iTunes: iTunes uses the Gracenote CDDB database for CD lookups, and, for 99.9% of the CDs I’ve ripped, it finds the correct albums. (One notable exception is CDs from the Brilliant Classics label.) It finds this metadata because almost every record label […]

In What World Does a Record Producer Think that This Kind of Compression and Clipping is a Good Thing?

Nils Frahm, Says, from the album Spaces. There’s no excuse for this kind of clipping. Presumably, the engineer or producer thought the music was too soft at the beginning, so compressed it heavily, resulting in excruciating clipping and distortion near the end of the track. To be fair, it’s the only track on the album […]

CD Review: John Adams’ Become Ocean

It’s difficult to review a recording of a new piece of music when it has won the Pulitzer Prize (when did that become important for music, and not just writing?), and when it has been universally acclaimed. It’s also difficult to review said work when it is programmatic; when it is supposed to be about […]

CD Review: Re-issues of Four Brian Eno Albums from the 1990s

Brian Eno has long been a musical chameleon, since his early days in Roxy Music, through his creation of ambient music, with compositions such as Discreet Music and Music for Airports, and through his “song” albums of the 1970s, such as Another Green World and Before and After Science. Over the years, he has created […]

Kirkville 2014 Gift Guide

It’s holiday season, and I thought it would be interesting to go back over this year’s articles and see which items I’ve written about in the past year that I’d recommend to my readers. (I actually go back to the end of 2013, because there were some great releases in the last months of the […]

Classical Box Sets on Sale on Amazon UK

As part of Amazon UK’s Black Friday sales, they don’t have much classical music, but I did pick up, as I mention here, a box set of recordings conducted by Pierre Boulez. Later today, starting at 7:30 pm UK time, they’ve got some classical box sets on flash sales. I don’t know what the prices […]

Book Notes: Bob Dylan, The Lyrics: Since 1962

Update: This book shows as available on Amazon.com, on December 11, 2014. It’s more expensive than the first edition – listing for $299 – and my guess is that it’s a second printing. It’s surprising that the publisher would have raised the list price, but perhaps they figure that it’s a cash cow. In any […]

The iTunes Store Sells Philip Glass Sheet Music

I spotted an interesting item on the iTunes Store today. Together with a new recording of Philip Glass’s Complete Piano Études, Apple is selling the sheet music for these works, in the iBooks Store. This is not new; there is plenty of sheet music on the iBooks Store, but I had not noticed it before. […]

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