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Dear Music PR Person, You’re Doing It Wrong

07/26/2014

If you send out digital music files or CDs, do it right, or reviewers will simply ignore what you send them. I get a lot of music to listen to and review. I review classical CDs for MusicWeb International, and I review lots of CDs and downloads here on Kirkville. When I get CDs, I […]

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Music Review: November, by Dennis Johnson

07/25/2014

Buy from: Amazon.com | Amazon UK | iTunes The musical avant-garde has created a number of very long pieces of music. Morton Feldman’s String Quartet No. 2, for example, runs for around six hours; other works by the same composer last from one to four hours. La Monte Young’s Well-Tuned Piano runs around five to […]

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In Praise of Mono Recordings

07/25/2014

I sit at my desk, listening to Miles Davis playing ’Round Midnight, from his 1957 album ’Round About Midnight. The sound is crystal clear, with each instrument balanced against the rhythm section, as Miles shares the lead with John Coltrane on tenor sax. I’m listening to the original mono mix of this album, and it […]

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

07/22/2014

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

07/22/2014

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 […]

Is iTunes About to Start Selling Hi-Res Music, or Is a Record Label Confused?

07/16/2014

I came across a curious announcement from Warner Classics this morning. They say that they will be releasing some music in high definition on iTunes. Talking about some remastered albums by Herbert van Karajan, they say: This treasure trove has been painstakingly remastered at London’s Abbey Road Studios in 24-bit/96kHz from the original tapes, available […]

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