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Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn discuss music and musicians, and how we listen to music, whether it be analog or digital, downloaded or streamed, audio, or video.

The Next Track Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn

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Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn discuss music and musicians, and how we listen to music, whether it be analog or digital, downloaded or streamed, audio, or video.

    Episode #218 - Sholto Kynoch, Pianist and Director of the Oxford Lieder Festival

    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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    Sholto Kynoch


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    Oxford Lieder Festival


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    Chicago: Chicago at Carnegie Hall Complete)
    The Litter: $100 Fine







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    Episode #217 - To Stream or to Own Music Redux

    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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    Episode #2 – To Stream or to Own Music?
    Digital music streaming penetration in the United Kingdom 2020, by demographic group
    Chicago tour dates


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    Terry Riley – Shri Camel (live video, 1977)
    Blodwyn Pig: All Said and Done







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    Episode #216 - Blonde on Blonde

    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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    Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde
    Blonde on Blonde (Wikipedia)
    Double Album (Wikipedia)
    Episode #208 - Jeff Slate on Bob Dylan at 80
    Mad Magazine fold-in


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    Robert Fripp, 13th of May 1979 at Le Trompe l'Oiel
    The Sensational Alex Harvey Band: US Tour '74 Live







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    Episode #215 - People Aren't Listening to Much New Music

    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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    Over 66% of All Music Listening in the Us Is Now of Catalog Records, Rather Than New Releases
    Zeno's paradoxes
    75% of Tiktok’s Users Say They Discover New Artists on the Platform
    Movie references aren’t the only allusions to be lost on other people
    Episode #48 – Musician Dave Harrington of DARKSIDE and the Dave Harrington Group on Music Between Genres


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    Darkside: Spiral
    The Electric Light Orchestra: The Electric Light Orchestra II












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    Episode #214 - Chris Connaker on Music with Dolby Atmos and Spatial Audio

    Episode #214 - Chris Connaker on Music with Dolby Atmos and Spatial Audio

    With Apple offering some music with Dolby Atmos and/or Spatial Audio on Apple Music, we talk with Chris Connaker about whether this is a Good Thing for music.


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    Audiophile Style
    Audiophile Style Podcast


    ‌Show notes:



    Episode #211 - Changing Music Forever
    Episode #193 - Is Stereo Wrong?
    1615 Gabrieli in Venice (first classical album recorded with Dolby Atmos)
    The Lefsetz Letter: Spatial Audio
    Reader replies to the above
    Apple Music Rock Spatial Audio playlist
    Verizon says its version of spatial audio doesn't need specific gear or content


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    Eagles -- Hotel California Live Video HQ
    The Groundhogs: Solid







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    Special Guest: Chris Connaker.
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    Episode #213 - The Grateful Dead's 100 Essential Songs, with Bob Trudeau

    Episode #213 - The Grateful Dead's 100 Essential Songs, with Bob Trudeau

    This week's guest, Bob Trudeau, has co-authored a book, with Barry Barnes, about the Grateful Dead's 100 Essential Songs. Even if you're not a fan of the Grateful Dead, this episode is an interesting discussion of a band's repertoire.


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    Guest:



    The Grateful Dead's 100 Essential Songs


    ‌Show notes:



    Kirk's Picks
    A Long Strange Pick (documentary on Amazon Prime Video)
    The Grateful Dead Studies Association
    Sunshine Daydream Deluxe (CD/Blu-Ray)


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    Jon Hassell: Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics
    Summer of Soul


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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

DCNYer ,

Equal to my level of "audiophile" skepticism

I found this podcast after reading a Q&A from one of the hosts in an "audiophile" forum. After looking at the list of episodes, I was happy to see that they included interviews with classical music artists and journalists. The hosts evince a nice balance of "audiophile" skepticism with appreciation of quality sound reproduction. I'm working my way through back episodes and already enjoy their interviews with Andy Doe. Keep up the good work and I'm glad this podcast has maintained a consistent publication schedule, unlike other audiophile podcasts that peter out.

nrcyclist ,

Death of the Stereo?

As a single "thing" to buy, you are right that the "stereo" is dead. In my home, I have the video system setup in living room. We have streaming through the home, but single speakers. Its the new 'radio' in our home. Then I have a 2-channel system with streamer, DAC and integrated amp. There is a second input from the PC. This is a near field setup... $2,500 of components. The new stereo and the best sound in the house. Thanks for the show. Great exchanged between the two of you.

sadiecaptain ,

Authentic??

There are some very positive qualities related to this podcast. For example, the quality of the audio voices of both hosts. Now, when I first started listening, I was impressed by the apparent diverse musical interests of the hosts. However, the longer I listened, I became genuinely suspicious that your talking with enthusiasm about pop music and, for example, the music of John Cage, is a cheap marketing ploy. An attempt, perhaps, to be the “Renaissance Men Of Music” (and books, philosophy, equipment, formats, style, etc.)? I’m just not buying this. This is not, I think, authentic. As one other reviewer suggested, it is absurd to negatively portray the skills of a composer like Rachmaninoff and at the same time wet your pants about some of that entertaining pop music that you do often mention. I just can’t take you seriously any longer...finding it difficult to listen with any sense of belief or purpose. Are you just looking stuff so that you can pontificate on an episode? Often sounds like it...rather manufactured approach. Please...find a niche that is authentic to your skills, experiences, etc., and run with that versus trying to portray yourselves as the Renaissance Men that you so obviously are not. You COULD have a good show...but...

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