The day that I told myself I would never ask for an autograph again…thank you Jewel Kilcher.

The last few days have been interesting to me because I have been trying to decide on 900x900px-LL-31b4100_largewhat to write about and why. I have several ideas that have been in the forefront of my thoughts that I think would be interesting to people. My problem is how to approach some of these subjects. As I am not looking to add to any controversy,  my intention is not to post experiences that would bring more viewers, but to explain some of my experiences in a historical context.   I don’t want to be become a name dropping tabloid, but it’s hard to explain many situations without being specific. I guess it’s just best to say that what I write has no intention of harming anyone.  I like to think out loud as I write and I guess I will try to just use a first name when I can. The first name in this story is a dead giveaway but then again it’s not a sensitive subject. So I have some interesting reads coming soon, so stay tuned.

I thought I would just briefly touch on a topic that I find interesting because at one time, I loved getting autographs from stars when I was young. I started to collect them at a young age, We all know, many of us, when we meet a star it feels almost instinctual to get an autograph (A photo as well). Well as I explained before that I worked amongst stars at a young age and it was considered off limits to do photographs or ask for autographs while working. It makes complete sense, even though at one time I enjoyed the signature, it feels very awkward when you are their security detail, so I tried to always honor that code. I will admit that there were times when I was off duty but still with the star that someone would 900x900px-LL-34ac505f_HE2012-119take a picture of me with them and at some point later they would give me a copy. I found that when I had clicked with a star they would on occasion pose with me and I would play along in fun.

Slowly over the years I began to work with stars on multiple occasions and had free access to anywhere I wanted, that I began to look at stars as just regular people. Which obviously what they really are…that is until everyone attacks them. Anyway at some point the star honeymoon lost it’s luster and I did not care who someone was, I just treated them as I did everyone else. I even had the backing of my management because they knew I was kind to people, cared about their welfare, and some celebrities I had to work with were pains in the arse (To put it lightly). My team knew if I had a problem with someone, they really had to be jerks because I would always put up with a lot of bull.

So with that all said it’s interesting that there was a time when I drew a solid line in the sand after working with a star musician who is highly respected in by her fans and peers. At the time I met her she was not famous yet but she was well on her way, and soon after her fame would explode her into the stratosphere.

In the summer I would stay in a resort town that had musicians and other big artists come and play nearly every night at the local venue on the strip. Not the strip you’re thinking of. Anyway there was an acoustic artist coming that night, who was on the rise, and because I knew the security there I said I wanted to come down and check out the show and I would help work her security detail. So basically I just went down and got my credentials and just stood around her dressing room area to make sure that nobody wandered in. At some point she left 900x900px-LL-34c95966_normal_6769668her room to head toward the stage, and she put on a fabulous acoustic set. Sometimes solo and sometimes with a small band depending on the song the band would come and go. It may have been half acoustic and half with a band, either way,

So everything was going well, I got to see the show and I walked her back to her room backstage and I asked her if I could get her anything, she slams the dressing room door in my face. I thought ok…let’s all chill out. I actually smirked because I got the strange feeling  the beginning of a diva fit was swirling right in front of my eyes and I’d never experienced that even with well known divas.

Soon the time came when someone from her team came by her room to get her to sign autographs and do the “Meet and greet” with several fans. She came out of the room looking as if she was ready to rip someone a new, you know what. She sat in a chair and listened to the fans as they asked for autographs. There was one person at the end of the line who seemed intimidated by meeting her…I could tell, but this was common. So this person gets to her and says something to the effect of ‘I don’t want to bother you for your autograph…I just want to tell you how much your music helps me to cope with life’, and also about how great the show was. So Jewel fires back “thanks” (with a sarcastic look on her face) and looks to her handler and says ‘is that all for tonight’…barely even acknowledging the person. This person leaves looking seriously bummed out. The handler says she has to take one picture with a family 900x900px-LL-89a55d96_600full-alyssa-millerthat I think won a photo with her from a radio contest. They were asked to hold the station call letters in the photo as someone takes a photo. Again Jewel looked as if she was put out.

Listen, I know everyone has a bad day or string of days, but suck it up for the fans at least for a ten minute “meet and greet” after the show. She did not even try to fake it for that ten minutes it was so obvious. That situation with Jewel happened nearly twenty years ago and I never purchased any of her merch even though I liked her music. When a song of hers used to come on the radio or whatever…I would change the channel. Jewel Kilcher is the only star that I ever met that I loathed. I forgive her now…whatever right, I don’t know what was going on in her world and I don’t hold grudges. I can actually say that I thank her because of her I never thought of stars the same way, they are just human beings that go through troubles like the rest of us. Every other star I have ever worked with was kind to me, so that moment is chalked up as a learning experience.

 

Thanks for reading, more interesting articles to come!

Cheers and Bless Bless!

 

CM ☕

 

 

Please do not reproduce this article either all or in part without the expressed written permission of the author who can be reached via the “Contact” section in the header menu. You may link to the article if you wish, all that we ask is that you give credit to the respective author…”Christmachine” wherever you post a link. Thank you.

 

 

 

Copyright © 2015 Christmachine. All Rights Reserved.

©2014 – 2020 Christmachine

 

Paul Oakenfold The Greatest Pioneer Of Electronic Music Ever???

Today Up On Christmachine Audio Reference Music Server :

Paul Oakenfold, The First Superstar DJ Appreciaton Area…

6330_1203743369294_3269919_n

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why He Changed The World and How He Did It…And why I Am Not A Fan Anymore.

http://playlists.christmachine.com/playlist/paul-oakenfold-appreciation-post/

6330_1203730728978_271494_n

 

 

 

 

 

 

6330_1203742529273_6134857_n

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whatever my feelings for his style today, one cannot look past the contribution he made to Electronic Music around the world.

6330_1203743329293_958715_n

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for reading, your support, and happy listening. Remember This post continues to evolve!

Braindamage Inc.

 

 

CM

 

Please do not reproduce this article either all or in part without the expressed written permission of the author who can be reached via the “Contact” section in the header menu. You may link to the article if you wish, all that we ask is that you give credit to the respective author…”Christmachine” wherever you post a link. Thank you.

 

 

 

Copyright © 2015 Christmachine. All Rights Reserved.

©2014 – 2020 Christmachine

How many times a day do you break copyright laws…

I know many people have discussed this but here is a video and article that puts everything 6330_1203744969334_4236146_ninto perspective. Once you’ve read this most people could see how everyone does it multiple times a day without realizing it. I’m not advocating anything here, it’s just food for thought.

http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140430/17244727083/how-many-times-day-do-you-violate-copyright-laws-without-even-realizing-it.shtml

Enjoy, more interesting articles to come!

Cheers and Bless Bless!

 

CM ☕

 

Please do not reproduce this article either all or in part without the expressed written permission of the author who can be reached via the “Contact” section in the header menu. You may link to the article if you wish, all that we ask is that you give credit to the respective author…”Christmachine” wherever you post a link. Thank you.

 

 

Copyright © 2015 Christmachine. All Rights Reserved.

©2014 – 2020 Christmachine

In the days before Hi-rez audio…we wanted it and we got it…

How we got to where we are in music culture today with the growing rise of technology, an informed public’s insatiable demand for value for their hard earned 900x900px-LL-1e198959_7208_862f_largemoney in the face of incessant greed, the sad state of audio archive preservation, and the largest black market the world has ever seen. The whole sure is greater than the sum of its parts. This piece walks a fine line.

People have been transferring vinyl and audio in general to different formats for many decades but an interesting thing happened in the late 1990’s and the early part of the new millennium that is the story of an unlikely phenomenon. An odd brotherhood arose in the tech savvy public inadvertently from the idea that artists were hearing Hi-rez on analog tape in the studio but for some reason it was not reaching the fans. Because people were understandably uninformed before the era of the twenty four hour news cycle and the interwebs they were just happy to have the music period.

Through some kind of pretzel logic regular people knew something was not right because at some point moments of audio brilliance and bliss had revealed itself to some curious individuals who had found that they could only in part reproduce this experience at home and they had to know why. Artists on the other hand have always been somewhat disconnected from the world, isolated amongst thousands of screaming fans night after night in different cities and countries every day around the globe. These artists, the greatest in the world, exuded creativity and genius in many ways, having all the latest technology at their disposal and amazing audio engineers, who when working together produced all the classics in every genre that have become the soundtrack to our memories and lives. They literally were in an alternate universe where the outcome of their music in the end was the label’s job. With that said there still was a problem, and as I said a disconnect nonetheless which was even worse in the business of selling music.900x900px-LL-54c3e3af_listening

In the 90’s as technology hardware got smaller and software more complex, with the rapid progression of an interconnected world there was a collision of people in the public domain that knew in theory what Hi-rez analog was but it was not offered to the fans from the record companies again for too many reasons to name here and the people knew that record executives at the same time were printing their own money. Media moguls were living the high life and getting extremely rich off artists and although there were many who cared about the final product of music, their were many more who did not. When you think about it (and this will be covered again in this article), how many times have you bought the same or different format of the same album because it was worn out, lost, or destroyed, but more often because you were often misled to believe the new version was “superior” in  sound quality.

Meanwhile in the world of the recording industry the analog tapes were not being well cared for and many were lost, stolen, destroyed, and so many had just plain disappeared. Tapes were mislabeled and stored in appalling conditions of dark warehouses with volatile climates. Lets just say that there was little quality control of recording archives and further many did not care or have the insight why the original master tapes would even be worth saving. In hindsight the recording industry has been building climate controlled vaults with what masters they can piece together but so much of music history was destroyed and is sadly now gone forever. A disturbing conservative estimate that has been tossed around is that 80% of recorded works have never seen modern technological light beyond the era of vinyl.

One position of thought about all this is concerned with what it would have been like if the record companies at the time had the foresight to install strict quality control and care for the original audio masters to realize that someday when advanced digital audio technology was introduced and mass produced for the public in the early to late 80’s that they could have made a killing and salvaged an important part of our history for future generations. This way of thinking brings us to the next logical thought, what if the music industry released all of their music in hi-rez as a standard early on. Keep in mind that technology did not give rise, economically and technologically to the general public until computers hit the market in the early 90’s, but what if the releases kept up with technology would the recording industry have failed so miserably. I guess we’ll never know.

To put it all in perspective think of the buying behavior of the fans and again I reiterate how many versions of an album you bought on vinyl, tape, large laser discs the size of vinyl, cd, and ultimately digital in all of it’s various formats and then throw into the mix corporate greed, technology, and the collapse of the music industry and the rise of windows / Apple / Android / Streaming services/ piracy and you have a steaming cesspool headed for a whole lot of hurt. It does not take a genius to conclude that there is a massive conflict of interest with the aforementioned postulates and that although they were comfortably numb, they also may have had no idea what they were doing, greed, power, and influence therefore brought on some extremely bad decision making. The logical way of putting this into perspective is that their thinking (The music industry), if they released hi-rez digital early on that would have meant the end of the fat cash cow from an uninformed public. So it would be easy to conclude that the reason the industry is in the predicament it is in is because they had a comfortably convenient reason to misjudge the future terrain in essence solidifying their imminent demise. They fought it all the way never realizing that they had lost the very moment they took VCR producers to court because people were recording tv shows and MTV music videos.

Now it’s thirty years later they’re still reeling, hanging on to the very industry rulebook that got them into this predicament by a thread but although the film industry last year made record profits, the music industry did not fare so well. There was a movement though in the underground that has been percolating since the 60’s and that was bootlegging, audience taping, trading, and ultimately vinyl ripping. A whole society of open source enthusiasts, were introduced around the world to audio trading and bootlegs. Now days it’s called filesharing via peer to peer and file pots and it has pretty much slayed the giant but over the last several years it has become even more sophisticated, let me put it this way the torrent of which only dreams are made. They gave birth to ways you could not be tracked by internet piracy monitors in swarms. I tell you friends it is common knowledge that public tracker torrents are so 2008 to pirates. So out of necessity and with a little bending of the rules a whole underground culture came into prominence to fill a void all the while continually staying three steps ahead of their enemy.

Most of the rips are from needledroppers that remain Anonymous. These “rippers” (Not really “ripping” vinyl but “transfers” is the correct term) make amazing rips with very expensive rigs, custom TT’s, custom tonearms, hi-end carts and interconnects…the whole nine. They seek out and clean minty vinyl like a rug, and in turn transfer the analog signal with little post processing (Some light click repair only…no eq) into digital and they get the finished product dead quiet. Therefore the integrity of the high quality source is not compromised in any way.

So these are the specific rip descriptions posted here and in forums all over the web, many vinyl rips original sources are impossible to acquire from any other means, but in terms of my situation I also have bought and own several different copies of alternate pressings which are all inferior in sound quality to the downloaded material all which I paid for (I did not know any better at the time).

Many Follow their favorite rippers around the web by identifying them in other signature ways. Most of these titles I’m told are found with in depth searching techniques on the net and that it’s possible to tell which needledroppers (Over time through listening tests) put out superior transfers. It’s only logical to have a popup blocker on and good anti-virus/firewall software as there can be malicious 3rd party spyware and even worse viruses. Also make sure to always scan any .rar or .zip file parts that you download with your anti-virus. I’ve never heard of anyone getting a virus by doing this but they always scan.

So as some are asking why post text of specific quality audio files and not links…well that’s easy it’s illegal and copyright infringement. Second it is well known that one does not post a link to rip without asking the ripper…most never ask because most vinyl rippers forbid it. Most are able to be found on the internet in various formats…sure it takes some work but those you find over time will prove fruitful. In time you get to know who produces the best transfers, so you know if you download a vinyl transfer that great care was taken and more importantly that the audio will be the finest quality available. You also get to know which rips are not worth the time, not always because the quality is poor but often times their extraction method, audio sources, or equipment has a sound signature that subjectively does not fit your liking.

Here is where the gray area comes in. Some will say downloading a title is not paying for it and therefore not rational in any way. Many obviously take exception with that because they already own a copy of the album but to bring scientific research into the equation, it has been proven that people that engage in filesharing spend large amounts of their income on entertainment in all forms. Even though there are large numbers of file sharers for a specific album around the world it has also been shown that many of these people would never have bought the media in the first place either because they do not have the access to the necessary disposable income or the media is not available in their respective countries due to copyright restrictions from country to country. Throw in certain countries limitations on freedom of speech, dictators, or restrictive governments with horrible human rights records and the rapid increase in bandwidth and instantaneous connectivity to those across the world, a perfect storm is inadvertently created.

So some will always still say that there is no justification no matter what your reason is because piracy is piracy…remind them that at one point in time they gave their friends a mixtape or made a backup copy of a CD for a family member. Look at youtube and realize that when you watch any type of music or post a photo that you did not take yourself that you were committing piracy…do not take the excuse they have never done it, it happens every day to people that have no idea that they are even engaging in copyright infringement no matter how innocent it may seem. It’s impossible to know all the laws and statutes from state to state or country to country and because there are so many gray areas, it would take a local lawyer to understand the statutes, never mind our fast changing world where there the laws cannot cover the complexities of constantly changing world or if there is even a law that exists. Some will call this rationalization but that’s what makes the world go around, we can all have our own beliefs and opinions.

I get it, if you get all your media via download and never pay for it or compensate the artists it is illegal and there are a large number of people that do this because the media conglomerates make questionable overreaches with a broad brush for the bad apples, it hurts everyone and they are in essence biting the hands that feed. I can understand why they feel desperate because of a dwindling income stream but it’s like jobs…automated machines have taken the places or jobs that would normally be filled by people but people are complex and require benefits and concessions so it is much less cost effective for an industry to hire a human being. So there is a new society where after after outsourcing and cuts, new types of careers are created. Don’t tell me that many of these shifting economy jobs are analogous to those of the past, people are taking work anywhere they can get just so their families can survive and these jobs are insufficient to provide for a family.

The same kind of social commentary can be said for the music industry…for all of us it’s either change or die, there is no choice. It’s not my idea that the music industry should not fight the tide, even they know that they have little control over this other than a silly game of whack-a-mole. So as we people have to change and learn to adapt and navigate today’s world they are finding more and more that they must as well. It’s not our choice any more than it is theirs, the choice has been made for us by a progressive society whether we like it or not.

So now as the recording industry is getting nudged by the new Pono music format to join the enemy as they are finally getting it through their skulls that they can  still make a lot of money if they come along and join the fight against DRM and advocacy for open source. A genie can never be put back in a bottle and the industry is being dragged kicking and screaming with a weird smile on their faces. We can take comfort in the fact that once again a movement once considered to be the blight of society has induced change not out of advocacy but out of necessity.

Thanks for Reading and all the support.

CM

 

Please do not reproduce this article either all or in part without the expressed written permission of the author who can be reached via the “Contact” section in the header menu. You may link to the article if you wish, all that we ask is that you give credit to the respective author…”Christmachine” wherever you post a link. Thank you.

 

 

 

Copyright © 2015 Christmachine. All Rights Reserved.

©2014 – 2020 Christmachine

Show off the Portable Rig and Driveline Specs & other DAP’s [Pono, Ibasso, Fiio, HiFiMan]…Updated 04/17/14 today with text, scroll down or w/ direct link…

IMG_5579crpShow off the Portable Rig and Driveline Specs & other DAP’s [Pono, Ibasso, Fiio, HiFiMan]…[Direct Link]

http://www.christmachine.com/christmachine/show-off-the-portable-rig-and-driveline-specs/

17eriswly0lqvjpg

This is an Open Source Friendly Site

Enjoy and thanks for your support!

CM

 

 

Please do not reproduce this article either all or in part without the expressed written permission of the author who can be reached via the “Contact” section in the header menu. You may link to the article if you wish, all that we ask is that you give credit to the respective author…”Christmachine” wherever you post a link. Thank you.

 

 

Copyright © 2015 Christmachine. All Rights Reserved.

©2014 – 2020 Christmachine