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NICKY HOPKINS

Nicky Hopkins (1944-1994) was one of the best keyboard artists of the classic rock era.   He passed at only 50 years of age, much too early.  He worked with the Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Who and many other groups.   Listen to Sympathy for the Devil on the Beggars Banquet album and you will know what I mean.   Maybe the best rock piano track ever.   Thanks Nick.

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KIETH RIEF

Relf was 33 when he died from electrocution, in the basement of his home, while playing his improperly earthed (electrically grounded) guitar. Relf had dealt with several health issues throughout his life, including emphysema and asthma, which may have contributed to his inability to survive the electric shock.   If you have ever heard the Yardbirds version of (H. Wolf's) "Smokestack Lightning" Kieth did the harmonica solo.  Maybe the best harmonic solo ever.     Thanks Mr. R

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Twits on Twitter

If 50% of the accounts on Twitter are bots, how can they make any money on advertising?   I mean, bots don't buy peanut butter, do they?

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William Gibson "Winter Market"

If you don't know William Gibson, you should.  Neuromancer?  Anyone? William Gibson's fiction often is set in the near future.  Unfortunately, some of his plot elements, in some form, come to pass. There is a collection of his early short stories entitled "During Chrome" highly recommended. One of the short stories is titled "Winter Market".   Without a spoiler, the story involves the future of entertainment AR, VR and more. Winter Market also has a short riff on th

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Is Radiohead the Best Band in the World?

I am a big Raidohead fan.     They use quirky percussion tracks.   They do not resolve chords in a traditional way. They give concerts in Israel despite the outrage of people who should know better.   They are a counter argument to those who say there has not been any good (or at least interesting) music produced since 1969.      

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The Truth about Apple. Why they hate us.

Apple hates audiophiles.  They have made Billions off of iTunes, but deep down inside their cold, code driven hearts they hate us.  They are bloodless, they don't enjoy music except as an entry on their accounts receivable ledger. They don't enjoy sex because it can't be monetized in a family-friendly environment.  Every update that is spewed from Cupertino is just an excuse to damage the free flow of music through our assorted DACs.  One update kills W4S DAC-2, the next update is unwittingly ta

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WE DON'T NEED NO MQA - WE DON'T NEED NO THOUGHT CONTROL

Source material matters.  Why spend extra money to hear something that was poorly recorded? Point being - if it is a good or outstanding recording, then it will sound wonderful without hocus pocus.  If the recording is substandard, then why bother with additional processing?  I have six copies of "Exile on Mainstreet" :  Vinyl, CD, SACD, Japanese flat transfer, whatever. It all sounds like it was recorded in a basement somewhere in Southern France.  In short, all copies, all media

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Absence Makes the Ears Grow Fonder

I just got back from a long(ish) sea voyage.  Los Angles to Hawaii and back. Very enjoyable. When I got home, I turned on the music system.  I was struck by how good the music sounded.   I am guessing that a break from my normal listening habits gave my ears a rest.     If you find yourself not enjoying your music as much as you know you should.   Take a break      

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Cables matter in mastering why not at home?

From the Music Matters, Ltd web site.   "When Ron and I agreed that Kevin was the Engineer we wanted to do the transfers for our Music Matters Blue Note reissue program I began to think about the connectivity issue at Kevin's studio. As VP of product development at AudioQuest since 1983, the knowledge that cables make a difference is hardly new to me!   An inspection of the facility revealed adequate wiring (mostly from Canare I believe) but hardly the stuff of audiophile dreams. As great a

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Hearing loss and early Dementia

[h=1]Straining to Hear and Fend Off Dementia[/h]By KATHERINE BOUTON (NEW YORK TIMES. 12 FEB) - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -   The above story is featured in the New York Times Science section today. It is well worth reading. In this blog entry I would like to submit for consideration that listening to music may help fend off dementia.   Ms. Bo

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Digital Rights Management and the Audi A7

Well last week, I go out and get a very nice Audi A7. A vision in silver, as sleek as a blue fin tuna, and as musical as a dead carp. I attempted to load a few CDs into the internal Hard Drive. I was shocked, SHOCKED to learn that the Audi so called "Jukebox", will not load standard Audio CDs because of "legal reasons". I guess some green eye-shade lawyer in Neckarslum had decided that I have no rights under the fair use doctrine. So if I want to check out a few new CDs on the road, I am re

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I wish i was the guy who invented shipping and processing.

[h=1]FROM A ADVERTISEMENT ON A POPULAR AUDIO SITE.     Item Description[/h]This auction is for the yet to be announced new product from Machina Dynamica - the Diamond Light Crystal high frequency clarifier. The Diamond Light Crystal is a 1.5 inch diameter faceted leaded crystal ball that is suspended on the wall behind the speakers. The hook should be placed 7 ft. High on the wall. Damage-free small white plastic hook provided. The crystal is specially programmed. The Diamond Light Crystal pr

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On The Death of Physical Media and the Triumph of Computer Audio

Recently a trending topic on the many Apple web/blog sites has been the fact that few, if any, future Apple computers will come with built in optical drives. Even the iMac desktop home computer, where size and weight are not critical, will require an external optical drive to access disk media. This design decision by Apple is based on the certainly that 99% of data, including music and video will soon be purchased and transmitted over the net and stored in the cloud. CDs and DVDs will join t

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