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Music. Technology. Stories. For people who love the art and science of listening to and enjoying recorded sound.Here, it’s all about the art and magic of sound reproduction and related human stories. We survey music, technology and stories from the early beginnings of relatively low-fidelity to the heyday of the 70’s high-fidelity (HiFi) and the modern age of digital and streaming.

The Sound Wave Pat Shepherd

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Music. Technology. Stories. For people who love the art and science of listening to and enjoying recorded sound.Here, it’s all about the art and magic of sound reproduction and related human stories. We survey music, technology and stories from the early beginnings of relatively low-fidelity to the heyday of the 70’s high-fidelity (HiFi) and the modern age of digital and streaming.

    Spatial Audio Update 2022 - Spatial Audio gets Personal

    Spatial Audio Update 2022 - Spatial Audio gets Personal

    I do an update on what is going on with Spatial Audio, recent developments, and things you should know to get the most out of the Spatial Audio. I admit that this is coming from an Apple-oriented perspective, but hey, they are the ones who are really innovating in the audio space currently. 
    I start out with a few updates such as Apple Music Sessions (recorded directly in Spatial Audio), a look at what the competition (Spotify) is doing, and then talk about Apple IOS 16’s ability to create “Personalized Spatial Audio” – what it is and how to set it up.

    Resources
    https://www.engadget.com/tag/spatial%20audio/https://about.netflix.com/en/news/netflix-spatial-audiohttps://www.engadget.com/apple-music-sessions-live-originals-151527791.htmlhttps://www.knowyourmobile.com/applications/does-spotify-have-spatial-audio/https://9to5mac.com/2022/02/15/how-apple-music-has-found-a-different-sound-than-spotify/
    Apple Music Sessions
    o   https://www.techradar.com/news/why-apple-music-sessions-will-be-the-best-use-of-spatial-audio-yet
    o   https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2022/07/apple-introduces-apple-music-sessions/
    o   https://www.techradar.com/news/why-apple-music-sessions-will-be-the-best-use-of-spatial-audio-yet

    Personalized Spatial Audio
    o   https://www.techradar.com/news/personalized-spatial-audio-for-airpods-looks-good-on-paper-but-i-want-more
    o   https://www.theverge.com/2022/9/9/23344694/apple-airpods-personalized-spatial-audio-sony-ear-scanning
    o   https://www.techradar.com/news/apple-is-adding-personalized-audio-to-airpods-by-scanning-your-ears
    o   https://www.laptopmag.com/news/how-personalized-spatial-audio-actually-works-how-to-use-the-airpods-best-feature

    • 12 min
    Reel to Reel: From Dubious Beginnings in Nazi Germany to the Beatles and Beyond!

    Reel to Reel: From Dubious Beginnings in Nazi Germany to the Beatles and Beyond!

    Note: this version fixes a couple audio glitches.

    Welcome to Episode 2 of Season 2 of TSWS! I started putting this episode together thinking I’d move back to a little bit of technology and look at reel to reel tape recording, but as I got into it I found RTR’s back story is as interesting as the technology itself. So, today we will be looking at
    Where did the Reel to Reel tape deck come fromWhat were it’s dark, even clandestine beginnings in WWIIA smuggling operation that started an audio revolution
    Resources:
    https://www.gearpatrol.com/tech/a569491/reel-to-reel-tape-players/https://digital-audio-systems.com/reel-to-reel-vs-digital-audio/?lang=en#:~:text=The%20digital%20files%20sounded%20lighter,even%20in%20the%20quietest%20passages.https://www.phaidon.com/agenda/design/articles/2019/september/12/the-starry-rise-of-magnetic-tape/https://rxreels.com/blogs/news/how-a-gi-brought-hitler-s-r2r-technology-to-bing-crosby-part-1https://rxreels.com/blogs/news/how-a-gi-brought-hitler-s-r2r-technology-to-bing-crosby-part-2https://www.grunge.com/919686/these-long-lost-adolf-eichmann-tapes-uncovered-some-disturbing-details/http://www.soundfan.it/en/history.html#:~:text=On%20April%2025%201948%20takes,for%20a%20delayed%20radio%20broadcast.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tape_recorderhttps://www.amazon.com/Hi-fi-History-High-end-Design-Movements/dp/0714878081/ref=sr_1_1?crid=482K7UESS6JR&keywords=hi-fi+the+history+of+high-end+audio+design+gideon+schwartz&qid=1658079467&sprefix=Hi-Fi%3A+The+History+of+High-End+Audio+Design%2Caps%2C43&sr=8-1https://www.theregister.com/Print/2013/09/19/history_of_magnetic_tape_part_two/https://rxreels.com/blogs/news

    • 15 min
    Music Review #1: Cory Wong, Vulfpeck, Dirty Loops and More

    Music Review #1: Cory Wong, Vulfpeck, Dirty Loops and More

    Do you sometimes (often) feel that there is no good music being made anymore? I have often felt dejected by the current state of the music business. I have been on a journey find, and share with you, new good music. Luckily, I have some good news to I am really excited share  in this episode -- the discovery of some really great music from a constellation of related artists: Cory Wong, Vulfpeck, Dirty Loops and more. Along the way, I will share my unguarded opinions (and I mean no offense in any of my observations) of the current state of the music industry and some glimmers of hope.

    Resources
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynTV0NCbt78https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cory_Wonghttps://americansongwriter.com/the-striped-album-is-guitarist-cory-wongs-sixth-album-this-year-and-its-a-slamming-funky-and-joyous-record/#:~:text=The%20Striped%20Album%20is%20a,just%20for%20music%20geeks%20either.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vulfpeckhttps://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2022/01/old-music-killing-new-music/621339/https://www.corywongmusic.com/https://hollywoodlife.com/2021/12/16/macklemore-interview-brooks-running-charity/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfcNhAEAhGQhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gB763uVhexI

    • 13 min
    Shortwave Radio in War Torn Ukraine

    Shortwave Radio in War Torn Ukraine

    In this episode we will discuss a very real war - Russia’s immoral and unprovoked war of on Ukraine and how an old radio technology is proving useful in keeping access to information and truth alive. So, this will be a “heavy” episode, but the people of Ukraine are going through hell right now and this is my way of shedding some light on the situation.

    Resources
    https://www.rand.org/blog/2022/03/why-the-bbc-world-services-new-ukrainian-shortwave-service.htmlhttps://www.tpr.org/news/2022-03-12/bbc-world-service-resurrects-shortwave-broadcasts-in-war-torn-ukrainehttps://www.radioworld.com/global/bbc-world-service-revives-shortwave-to-eastern-europehttps://www.theguardian.com/media/2022/mar/04/bbc-website-blocked-in-russia-as-shortwave-radio-brought-back-to-cover-ukraine-warhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2x9tqt6mc05vB2S37j8MWMJ/global-short-wave-frequencieshttps://www.politico.com/news/2022/02/22/ukraine-centralized-its-data-after-the-last-russian-invasion-now-it-may-need-to-evacuate-it-00010777https://theconversation.com/shortwave-radio-in-ukraine-why-revisiting-old-school-technology-makes-sense-in-a-war-178575https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_and_the_Holocausthttps://www.vox.com/recode/22958373/ukraine-russia-starlink-spacex-elon-muskhttps://www.businessinsider.com/spacex-starlink-internet-ukraine-elon-musk-experts-dangerous-target-risk-2022-3https://www.businessinsider.com/spacex-starlink-internet-ukraine-elon-musk-experts-dangerous-target-risk-2022-3https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_and_the_Holocaust

    • 10 min
    War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast

    War of the Worlds Radio Broadcast

    Today’s episode is the story of two Wells, a groundbreaking book, a low-budget radio program in search of a lifeboat to stay alive, an innovative Halloween broadcast that nearly didn’t happen, a groundbreaking woman sound effects innovator, a nation thrown into panic that wasn’t real, two relatively new mediums competing for influence, and lessons delivered but maybe not yet learned.

    Resources
    ·      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_of_the_Worlds_(1938_radio_drama)
    ·       https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/war_of_the_worlds
    ·      https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/infamous-war-worlds-radio-broadcast-was-magnificent-fluke-180955180/
    ·      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7amqdrVO-E0
    ·      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfNsCcOHsNI
    ·      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_War_of_the_Worlds
    ·      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martian_canal
    ·      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ora_Nichols
    ·      https://www.neh.gov/article/fake-news-orson-welles-war-worlds-80
    ·      https://slate.com/culture/2013/10/orson-welles-war-of-the-worlds-panic-myth-the-infamous-radio-broadcast-did-not-cause-a-nationwide-hysteria.html

    • 12 min
    Wartime Radio Uniting the World - Christmas Eve 1942

    Wartime Radio Uniting the World - Christmas Eve 1942

    As everyone around the world (and yes, I am proud to say I have listeners around the world – and I thank each of you for tuning in) – as people gather around the world to celebrate the festive season – I really wanted to find a good audio-related story to tell. I found the perfect one, and that is what we are going to do today. We will learn about an important broadcast to both the troops abroad, but simultaneously to the Americans at home to boost morale and unite families around the world.

    • 13 min

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Fills a niche in ways I haven't found in other podcasts, for electronics and audio enthusiasts of a certain age. Scripted but relaxed when the host is solo, conversational but focused during interviews.