The Next Track, Episode #134 – Downsizing Your Audio System

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxChris Connaker, of the Computer Audiophile website, joins us to discuss downsizing audio systems. You really can get good sound with a minimal setup these days, and Chris explains how.

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The Next Track, Episode #133 – Desert Island Discs, Part 2

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxDoug and Kirk have made lists of their ten desert island discs, and, in part one of a two-part series, we hear Doug’s picks.

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The Next Track, Episode #132 – Is the Album Dead?

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxA recent article in Rolling Stone says that the album is dying. Andy Doe says that “every word in that article is shite.”

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The Next Track, Episode #131 – Jeff Slate on Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks

The Next Track Blue Flat Button2 400pxMusician and journalist Jeff Slate wrote the liner notes for the latest Bob Dylan Bootleg Series release, More Blood, More Tracks, covering the Blood on the Tracks sessions.

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Classical musicians to break with tradition and speak to the audience – Daily Telegraph

In the hope of breaking down century old barriers between an orchestra and its audience the performers will step up to the front to talk about the piece they are about to play, its history, how the rehearsal process has impacted on the finished piece and what it means to them. The orchestra’s conductors will also introduce themselves and the music.

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, led by Marin Alsop, is going to make their concerts less stodgy, but why has this taken so long? I’ve attended concerts where there was a talk about the music before the concert, but as a separate “event,” usually an hour before. These are generally sparsely attended. It makes sense to have a brief intro for the different works performed, as long as it isn’t too didactic.

Source: Classical musicians to break with tradition and speak to the audience

The Album is in Trouble, and the Music Business Probably Can’t Save it – Rolling Stone

How can something (streaming) be considered the “equivalent” of something else (an album sale) when, by your own measure, the former now completely dominates the latter?

In 2018, “streaming-equivalent albums” seems like daft phrasing. It is e-mail-equivalent faxes. It is car-equivalent steeds. It is Netflix-equivalent Betamax.

We all know that the album is dying. But the album is a fairly recent construct. As Doug and I discussed in the very first episode of The Next Track podcast, we move from the single as the main element of music sales to the album, and we’re just moving back to the single again. The music industry will adapt.

Source: The Album is in Trouble, and the Music Business Probably Can’t Save it – Rolling Stone