The Next Track, Episode #223 – Culling Cruft

Doug and Kirk both have large music libraries. They discuss some of the problems of having too much music, and how to wrangle a large library of music files.

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The Next Track, Episode #222 – TJ Connelly’s Streaming Radio Station, UncertainFM

We first spoke with TJ Connelly, who scores live sports events for the Boston Bruins and New England Patriots, last year, early in lockdown. He started a project called UncertainFM, which has now expanded to become a full-fledged streaming radio station.

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The Next Track, Episode #221 – Chris Connaker’s Outdoor Audio Project

Chris Connaker, our resident audiophile, likes complicated projects. Whether he’s putting together a purpose-built audio streaming computer, or building and tuning a listening room, he always wants to go as far as he can. This summer he built an audio system in his backyard and documented it in detail. We discuss the why and how of this project, and ask if his chickens really like Bill Evans.

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Kirk’s Picks No. 21 – The Oxford Lieder Festival [music]

The Oxford Lieder Festival is streaming more than 100 concerts, and you can watch live or on demand.

Theme music: Honest Labor, composed and performed by Timo Andres.

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The Next Track, Episode #220 – Headphones, Take 3

This is the third time we discuss headphones on The Next Track. Both Doug and Kirk have found that they use fewer headphones, and use headphones differently than in the past.

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The Next Track, Episode #219 – Reissues, Remixes, and Remasters

The recording industry doesn’t just make money from new releases, but regularly reissues older releases to exploit their back catalog. Some of these are just repackaged, and others are remixed or remastered. We discuss the issues around these releases, and what all these re- terms mean.

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The Next Track, Episode #218 – Sholto Kynoch, Pianist and Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival

Pianist Sholto Kynoch founded the Oxford Lieder Festival in 2002, and it has become the most important festival for lieder and song in the UK. We discuss the festival, and how listeners around the world can watch nearly 100 concerts via streaming in October.

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The Next Track, Episode #217 – To Stream or to Own Music Redux

In episode #2 of The Next Track, we discussed streaming versus owning music. That was five years ago. We decided to revisit the topic, to see if we’ve changed our minds.

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The Next Track, Episode #216 – Blonde on Blonde

In a delayed episode celebrating Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday, we take a close look at his 1966 album Blonde on Blonde.

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The Next Track, Episode #215 – People Aren’t Listening to Much New Music

More than two-thirds of music listened to in the US is old music. Music less than 18 months old accounts for only a third of listening, and this share is dropping. We discuss what this means for the future of the music industry.

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