The Next Track, Episode #206 – Two Guys in a Pub Rambling about Audio Gear

We offer a free-form episode, where we ramble about audio equipment, music, and more.

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The Next Track, Episode #204 – Oh, by the way, which one’s pink?

In another album deep dive, we discuss Wish You Were Here, Kirk’s favorite Pink Floyd album.

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The Next Track, Episode #203 – Keith Miles on Bob Dylan in London

Dylanologists Jackie Lees and Keith Miles have written a book about Bob Dylan it London, highlighting the importance of the city to Dylan’s career and growth as an artist. Keith Miles joins us to discuss this book, and tell some tales of the troubadour in the city.

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PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 85: Film Camera Love with Dan Bracaglia

Dan Bracaglia of DPReview joins us to talk about his love of film cameras, how to get started with film in this day and age, and the enduring appeal of analog photography.

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The Next Track, Episode #202 – Guitarist Gerard Cousins on His New Album of Music by Phillip Glass

There haven’t been many transcriptions of Philip Glass’s music for guitar, and Gerard Cousin’s new album, Escape, shows just how ideal Glass’s music is for this instrument. We talk with Gerard Cousins about the classical guitar, its repertoire, and the long process of transcription necessary to create this recording.

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Understanding the Autoplay Button in the iOS Music App

An interesting new feature in the iOS 14 Music app is the Autoplay button. Shaped like an ∞ symbol, if you tap this button, the Music app will continue to play “similar” music after your current play queue has completed.

Autoplay

It works a bit like Genius, which is no longer available in iOS, in that it creates a playlist of music based on what was in your play queue, whether it’s an album, playlist, or just a single song. Or its similar to creating an Apple Music radio station based on some music.

Many people are discovering this accidently, when they get to the end of a music selection and find that music continues. There’s a clear message showing when the Autoplay feature kicks in, so if you look at the Music app you’ll see what’s happening.

My first discovery of this was unexpected. I had accidentally tapped the button, and, at the end of some ambient album, some fairly loud music came on. I don’t recall what it was, and it could have been “similar,” in the same way that Fat Lady of Limbourg is similar to This River, above.

You can edit the play queue, as you can with your up next queue at any time, moving, deleting, or adding tracks. It’s a good way to play music for a long time without choosing what to listen to.

The Next Track, Episode #200 – This Was the Year that Wasn’t

Another year is gone, and what a year. Four the 200th episode of The Next Track, we take stock of what 2020 meant for us musically, talk about some of the wonderful musicians we were able to interview in lockdown, and mention a couple of musical discoveries we have made.

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The Next Track, Episode #199 – Do You Know It’s Christmas?

We again re-run our much-loved Christmas show, because it was so good that we couldn’t imagine doing a better Christmas show. And because we really don’t want to do a new Christmas show. And because we’re really proud of the extensive show notes that took so long to collate.

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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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