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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.

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    • 4.8, 75 Ratings

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 #189 - Renaissance Men of Music

    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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    Show notes:



    John Cage Trust
    Episode #186 - Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani
    Episode #7 – Music and Genres
    Brotherhood
    The Murder Capital live from the Guinness Storehouse
    Episode #187 - Live Performances during Covid-19, and After


    - Springsteen on Broadway

    Our next tracks:



    John Cage, Witold Lutosławski - LaSalle-Quartett, String Quartets
    Jack Bruce: Harmony Row












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    • 27 min
    Episode #188 - Kathryn Williams on the Breath in Music

    Episode #188 - Kathryn Williams on the Breath in Music

    Kathryn Williams plays the flute, and, because of some health issues, has a unique approach to the breath. In addition to being a free diver, she has been commissioning pieces of music for one single breath. And she's going to try to break the Guinness world record for the longest sustained note on a wind instrument.


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    Guest:



    Kathryn Williams


    Show notes:



    The Listening Service: Music and breathing - BBC Sounds
    Royal Northern College of Music


    Our next tracks:



    Grateful Dead: Workingman's Dead (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)
    The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band: Poor Until Payday

















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    • 37 min
    Episode #187 - Live Performances during Covid-19, and After

    Episode #187 - Live Performances during Covid-19, and After

    John Wyver's company Illuminations produces films of live performances: theater, dance, opera, and music. He joins us to discuss the future of live performances in what he calls The After, that period when Covid-19 is just a memory. Will live performances be able to start again even if there isn't a vaccine? How can social distancing allow live performances to return?


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    Guest:



    John Wyver - Illuminations
    Screening the Royal Shakespeare Company: A Critical History


    Show notes:



    Shakespeare, from Theater to Cinema: Interview with John Wyver - Part 1, Part 2
    The BBC Shakespeare Collection
    Wigmore Hall live streams
    Royal Opera House streams
    Episode #183 - Composer and Pianist Timo Andres on Concertizing at Home
    Bolero Julliard
    Magdalen College: Virtual May Morning 2020
    As ‘Hamilton’ becomes a movie, suddenly we’re all in the room where it happens
    Berlin Philharmonker Digital Concert Hall


    Our next tracks:



    Bob Dylan: Rough and Rowdy Ways
    Supergrass: Life on Other Planets












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    • 41 min
    Episode #186 - Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani

    Episode #186 - Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani

    We meet harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, who is showing how the harpsichord is no longer an instrument just for "old" music. His latest recording features contemporary music for harpsichord and electronics.


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    Guest:



    Mahan Esfahani
    Musique? Modern and electro-acoustic works for harpsichord


    Show notes:



    Wigmore Hall
    The Poems of T.S. Eliot Read by Jeremy Irons
    Kazoophony
    Episode #179 - Pianist Marc-André Hamelin
    A Playlist of Music by Black Classical Composers


    Our next tracks:



    Brad Mehldau: Suite: April 2020
    Black Stone Cherry: Black to Blues












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    • 51 min
    Episode #185 - Use Plex to Manage Your Media Library

    Episode #185 - Use Plex to Manage Your Media Library

    Plex is a great way to manage your media library. Doug and Kirk discuss how they use it. Note: we recorded this episode before the lockdown began, but held off publishing it because we had a number of interviews with musicians in lockdown.


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    Show notes:



    Plex
    A Suitable Boy


    Our next tracks:



    Ustad Vilayat Khan: From the NCPA Archives
    The Pointer Sisters: Yes We Can Can - The Best of the Blue Thumb Recordings












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    • 20 min
    Episode #184 - TJ Connelly, Boston Sports DJ

    Episode #184 - TJ Connelly, Boston Sports DJ

    TJ Connelly is a sports DJ: he provides "scores" for live sporting events, such as baseball, football, and hockey games. Since the lockdown, he's been out of work, and he has been focusing his attention on Uncertain Times, a daily streaming radio show. We talk with him about what it means to score live sports, and how his streaming show is reconnecting him with real radio.


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    Guest:



    TJ Connelly
    Uncertain Times


    Show notes:



    Jock Jams
    The Duo Behind The Sound Of Fenway Park (WGBH)
    QLab
    WFNX


    Our next tracks:



    Harrington, Gustin & Zahn: Tura Lura
    D.I.Y.: Mass. Ave. - The Boston Scene







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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

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...

NJ Guitarhack ,

You’re too hard on Amazon HD!

I get the marketing terminology mixup and it’s not great. But having their 50M song catalog available at CD quality at a minimum is great and well worth the upgrade. I hear artifacts in the compressed versions on a lowly iPhone that I don’t have to put up with anymore. I appreciate 24 bit files, but I’m fine with CD resolution. iPhones can do 24 bit. The benefits of higher than 48 kHz are debatable. I’m enjoying not hearing the compressed phasing on every cymbals hit!

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