The Next Track, Episode #197 – I’m Not an Audiophile, But…

A comment by a tech reviewer incited us to discuss who is qualified to pass judgment on the audio quality of devices. We discuss this with our favorite audiophile, Chris Connaker.

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The Next Track, Episode #196 – Really Don’t Mind if You Sit This One Out

Jethro Tull’s Thick as a Brick is arguably the best progressive rock concept album of all time. Doug and Kirk have long been fans of this record, and discuss the genesis of the recording and the music, which still stands, nearly 50 years after its release, as one of the great albums of all time.

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The Next Track, Episode #195 – Timo Andres: Making Home Videos and the Creative Process

We last spoke with composer and pianist Timo Andres early in the lockdown, after he made a series of videos for a recital program that had been cancelled at Carnegie Hall. Over the past few months, Andres has refined the art of filming himself at the piano, and uses both audio and video recording as part of his creative process.

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The Next Track, Episode #194 – Pianist Simone Dinnerstein

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein used the lockdown to record an album of music by Philip Glass and Franz Schubert. We discuss how she built her career, how she recorded this album, and talk about Schubert’s wonderful last piano sonata.

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The Next Track, Episode #193 – Is Stereo Wrong?

Is stereo the right way to listen to music? After all, it is an artificial attempt to reproduce the sound of live music. Perhaps we should revolt against the tyranny of the sweet spot.

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The Next Track, Episode #192 – The Same as It Ever Was

Following our discussion of CDs in episode #190, we continue our discussion about these plastic discs, mainly because Doug bought some new audio gear and is now CD-obsessed.

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The Next Track, Episode #191 – Exile on Monday

We begin an irregular series of key albums that stand out in the history of music. For our first foray into this type of discussion, we talk about The Rolling Stones’ Exile on Main Street.

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The Next Track, Episode #190 – Nostalgic about CDs

We wax nostalgic about CDs, those plastic (and partly metal) discs that changed the music industry starting in the mid-1980s, and whose popularity has waned since the rise of streaming.

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The Next Track, Episode #189 – Renaissance Men of Music

A reviewer suggested that we mentioned John Cage in this podcast as a “cheap marketing ploy.” That made use think about taste: highbrow, lowbrow, and unibrow. We reflect on whether we are really the “Renaissance men of music.”

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Robert Fripp’s Music for Quiet Moments Playlist

Each week, for the past few months, Robert Fripp has been releasing lovely ambient tracks from a series he calls Music for Quiet Moments. Today, he has just released a 13th track, Horizons.

I’ve been collecting these in an Apple Music playlist, and updating the playlist each week. Feel free to listen here, or add the playlist to your Apple Music library and enjoy this lovely music.