What’s Your Digital Legacy? Make Them Smile In Your Virtual Life….[Updated~Edit]

I have already described what the Christmachine Audio Reference Music Server is, BJPq2MhCYAAP6grboth in general and In-Depth in other pieces here. The third important dimension is that of a digital legacy.

Not to bum anyone out, but this should be important to us all, and that is what we leave for a “Digital legacy” when the time comes. Again this is not meant to be depressing…I face these kinds of things head on and like to think that I would leave some record that would put a smile on my loved ones faces when my time has come.

If you think for a minute, especially if something should happen to us unexpectedly, we hopefully leave others with good memories. The other side of this thinking process is that we leave a footprint online as well as a computer, externals, and a cloud that would have a lot of our private information. Be that as it may, as I think about this what would people learn about me that they might not fully know. Well the main thing for LkhkLme would be my passion for music and cinema ….not just a little passion but everything archived that would take someone 10 years to sift through. That is exciting to me because my Digital Legacy both here and in storage, I imagine would be quite a gas. I know what you’re thinking, ‘what makes you think others would find all my junk interesting’. I can’t say for sure but as you will see in due time that I have a lot of “war stories” which could not possibly be made up.

The website here at christmachine.com is my way of sorting out that “junk” for others to get a better understanding of my life. I like to say that I’ve lived three lives in the half I already have in this one. Further I also like to say that I have a few books worth of stories that would blow people’s mind and I’m not even famous, nor would I want to be. Traveling the world, tours, 900x900px-LL-ec46007a_3786601324_e96b6a3bf7_oexperiences, we all have them but here I can do that uncensored and to the best of my memory…I may forget a few small details but when did a person let truth get in the way of a good story.

Another thing is that I’ve always been good at writing when I keep it up…in the last several years after University I have let that stagnate and wither a bit. That is the reason some of my articles here meander and lose their way a bit. The more that I write, the better my writing will be, for many of us that is the case. Organizing my time to keep this blog filled with good content is also a good type of stress, I feel myself getting better at it every day as 900x900px-LL-d350f49b_180805d1359746819-den-store-hodetelefontra-den-321452_495117173872042_1278125087_nwebsite maintenance becomes more and more less time consuming. It’s starting to become second nature every day that I do it.

So I’ve read some articles on Digital Legacy and one of the most important ways of securing that legacy is giving someone you trust a list of all your login information at the most important places that you roam. One of the examples they give is, say you have a great memory and you feel secure because all your passwords are memorized in your head. What if you should bang that head in an accident and your still able to heal up fine except for one part…the memory becomes dodgy, then what would you do. I know a lot of people have software that secures all your passwords in one place with one login key to access them all. So I guess this writeup does not apply to you.

I don’t mean to get all psychological on your ass but even more than login access is that 900x900px-LL-d474f278_Devil-1024x805over time we all begin to sort out our digital information in such a way that our machines can be like a virtual book on our lives. I’ve been working on this for sometime, since I’m probably never going to write a book on my life, I think it would be pretty cool if my younger relatives would have a whole history of my life in digital form. They could watch all the best movies and listen to all the best music that I have compiled for myself. I know that’s pretentious to say that my music is “Good” music but let’s face it  the music the youth listen to today can be lacking in substance. Please do not confuse that comment with my saying that there is no good music out there, that could not be further from the truth. There is lot’s of good, really so much freaking music out there (Good and bad), but if you have ADHD like me sorting out the good from the bad can make me at times want to stick a pencil through my eye socket straight into my skull /sarcasm.

I know when I was young I would listen to only one type of music and then I would hear 900x900px-LL-cd32f308_1headphonesZeppelin, Pink Floyd, Metallica, John Coltrane, Paul Oakenfold, and Danny Howells….a whole new world would open up to me, for music and cinema,  I did not like at the start. At some point the “oh yeah, I get it now” factor would kick in. Now I’ll just as soon listen to Cinderella as I would Django Reinhardt. I give anything a try now and my musical knowledge is all the better for it…I hope that they will experience these type of “enlightening moments” that I had even if it’s not with my music.

So do what you will with my odd ramblings…It’s something that I think about, maybe at some point it will happen for you as well, maybe not. Anyway I still have to round up 900x900px-LL-d3e145c5_2dfd588d-2e10-44b8-adf8-0d41dfc2424f_largethousands of information logins so that someone can make some damn sense of my mess. I guess that will be such a task that maybe it will never happen and all they’ll have is some food porn and a million crazy .gif’s from tumblr. Oh well at least I can say I tried.

Thanks for reading and again for all your support!

Bless Bless!

Braindamage Inc.



CM ☕


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If You’re Into Music, The Next 23 Minutes And 30 Seconds Could Be The Most Important In Your Life! David Mancuso On Sound Tech, Structure, Mood, And Acoustics…[***Video***]

Davd Mancuso if you do not know, was the founder of the legendary club night in his own The Man“Loft”. The Loft NYC was founded on February 7, 1970 and as you will see it was not all just about fun, it was serious stuff. Although Mancuso is a little hard to follow, in this short video he describes all the fundamentals and physics in a really palatable way for all to learn how music works. Without delving deep he gets into the technical and psychological of discovering and delivering the best sound possible. His vision along with Alex Rosner & Richard long, who serviced Mancuso’s equipment and acted as an advisor respectively, were responsible for many of the best sound systems around the world. Mancuso says “The sound will present itself” if you have these attributes trump tight;

  1. You Need a good speaker.
  2. You Need a good clean source.
  3. You Need them both to work efficiently, reaching the whole spectrum.
  4. You Need 1 Watt in and 1db out
  5. You Need the speaker to hit a “Low C note” on an organ, not many speakers will do that.

If you have all these fundamentals, then the room will act as the speaker and that wide stereo image will let you perceive where the musicians and instruments are in the room. Their subtle details will transparently come through from the record or tape. Therefore 2403132488_5d2307e9eccontrary to many peoples beliefs you will not need any bass enhancement, ‘because it’s already there, it’s just right there’.

This footage was taken from the “Out-takes” for the independent film “The Maestro”. I thought to myself the out-takes really…The ideas that David presents in this video clip are all anyone needs to know about music, period! I’ve watched this video many times and I’m always struck with how simple it all really is. It is us and the corporations that make it hard. This video ultimately shows why the instruments of the musician, yes even the DJ and the speakers created a whole industry of underground customization and modification. If you’ve heard what good sound, sounds like…then if it’s not right then you must make it right.

Enjoy and Ponder Friends!

Some Excellent News Later Today, Very, Very Good News!



Don’t waste any more time…make sure the sound is right. XD


CM ☕



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My Audio Reference Music Server … In Depth…


The fair light, favorite time of the day

In the first post for this website I explained what we would be doing here, and having read some of the posts you know that. Some of it will be free form and miscellaneous but the enjoyment for all of us over time will be heightened with a large archive of data and information about music as it continues to evolve.  Right now we are in the first building infrastructure phase, and the reason I say that  is because if you click on some of the categories on the right side of the pages…some of them will have very few links to pieces or may at this point have only been mentioned in an article. These are the types of Bands and artists that I will do future reviews of their catalogs, however this list will continue to grow in many unexpected directions. As the lists get longer, in due time all of the categories, especially the artists and terminology will have plenty of content, reviews & videos etc.

Some of the reviews that will be done will be mega-posts on one particular landmark album where I review say 20 or more versions in every format imaginable. Some bands that have small catalogs to this point, all of it may be covered in one single post but I will update the post as information and releases change. It all depends as you can see, and I  am constantly gathering ideas, excited for a lot of things to cover over time.



“The Audio Reference Music Server”


What do I mean when I say “Audio Reference Music Server…In Depth“? Well it has to do a lot with my portable Hi-Rez DAP (See Here: http://www.christmachine.com/christmachine/show-off-the-portable-rig-and-driveline-specs/ ) as well as my collection of sources. Obviously like a lot of you I keep a lot of my music not on my computer but in a safe place because, well there’s so much of it. Plus I keep every version of an album that I like for future comparison, testing, and listening. As I’ve said if before if I want to try a different sound signature such as “clinical” over “warm” or “Bright” over “Flat”. I also keep different versions such as mono, stereo, quad, as well as many other categories for “Mood Listening“. Ultimately though what happens when these albums are listened side by side (ABX’d) I have an initial judgement. If it is something I want to listen to or get to know more I put it on my DAP.


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Over time as I get used to the different releases…I often find a better source and it replaces the one that is on my player. Usually I will have them both on there for a little while so I can be sure and then I delete one. I’m pretty intense about it, for example there are days where I will only listen to one particular album (All Versions) for a full day. That means no other music to get in the way of judgement, track by track on every release with a trained ear for the full day. For example “Sgt. Peppers”  or “Dark Side of the Moon” each for one or more days. I hear new detail every time I listen…some may call this obsessive but I am fascinated and driven by it. This is not all the time though, I usually mix it up but I look forward to those “extreme days of dedication” when I can.

With all that comparing and dedicated listening I am constantly weeding out the fluff between different formats, resolutions, and pressings and focusing in on the best. As the contenders list gets shorter and their merit as to why I consider them to stand out from the pack makes itself known, I watch the cream rise to the top. So I have been doing this for a few years and I now look at my portable DAP as “The Reference” for me / where I set the bar as the best until I am proven wrong with my own ears. It’s science, as we know a theory is constantly tested until shown to be inaccurate and while it continues to stand up to rigorous testing It becomes law. My DAP is no different, so after many years of doing  this on different devices…I have finally come up with a large portable library that is the best, my subjective opinion of course as you have your best, and this is what makes up “The Audio Reference Music Server.” (in depth).

Thanks for reading and again for all your support.

Bless Bless

Braindamage Inc.


CM ☕


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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.

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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…

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