Writings about Macs, music and more by Kirk McElhearn




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 […]

Why Is So Much Contemporary Classical Music Boring?


I’ve recently enjoyed playing random albums in iTunes, finding albums I haven’t listened to in a long time to bring more variety to my listening. I don’t accept every suggestion, but I have listened to many of the albums that have come up that would fit in the “contemporary classical music” category, in part because […]

Streaming Music Revenue Makes Big Increase, CD Sales Fall Again


Nielsen SoundScan has released its mid-year report of digital music sales, and music streaming has made a huge leap in the past 12 months. In the middle of 2014, streaming has nearly doubled over last year, though there is a different way of calculating streaming. The music industry uses “stream equivalent albums” (SEAs) when making […]

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