Now With That Out Of The Way, Back To Christmachine – Audio Reference Server

Now With That Out Of The Way, Back To Christmachine – Audio Reference Server

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So there has been enough (So much!) time passed, it’s blatantly obvious to me that no one else will create an Audio Reference Quality Standards Catalogue for individual album releases.  The powers that be have showed us time and time again that they feel that we should be left in the dark about the music we have purchased and continue to purchase.  It’s loud and clear, they do not have to, there is no other option.

All we asked for was lineage and provenance of recordings that we spend gobs of cash for, as well as the textual and numerical details as to how they mastered, remastered, and transferred the new releases. Once again we are left clueless as to what we are purchasing. We know it can be done, some releases have done just that, usually projects overseen by reputable audio engineers.

I do understand that in some cases they do not know some of these details as they have been lost to time, poor record keeping, lack of proper labeling, and a sad state of storage of the original master tapes.  In some cases they don’t even know whether they are the “original studio masters” or well travelled copies.  We saw that in the report on the sad state of historical music archiving, much has been lost or destroyed….as we know back just a few decades ago music industry analysts and label bosses went with the prevailing wisdom, why would we want to preserve all this music–who is going to want it?  What is the use?

This:

https://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub148/pub148.pdf

And ESPECIALLY This (Re-Post):

http://www.billholland.net/words/Labels%20Strive%20to%20Rectify%20Past%20Archival%20Problems.pdf

 

Now that they realize the marketing and money making potential, oh the irony there, eh?  All we have asked for is crumbs; forget about the old arguments (for a moment) on the loudness wars, whether high rez audio can be heard by the human ear (The Nyquist Theorem), Wheather vinyl has more warmth and soul, whether expensive cables give a +/- better listening experience, The law of diminishing returns, “Sources? / Laws of Science?, Do CD’s suck, the failure of SACD, .mp3’s are garbage, etc.  Noel Gallagher saying there will be no more vinyl niche as an industry in a few short years as a result of streaming (He thinks? I agree, he is probably right).

With that said, our niche is just that–our niche, and it will continue as long as the electric grids are up.  Even then some of us crazies will be powering phonographs with a stationary bike, using a carefully sharpened fishbone as a rudimentary needle, a significant other propping up a makeshift jimmy-rigged cardboard cone to telescope and carry those wondrous melodies to the flash mobs in our living rooms.  Vinyl wear and tear bad, but for a time the ears are very good.

Remember what is normal any way, and relative to what?  With those previous dire predictions of the future, keeping in mind that some of us have never had or witnessed an argument on the early Yahoo and Alta Vista message boards about the wonders of Hi Resolution Audio (It will always be Hi-rez to me, soz!), I will try to parse mixed nuts.  Threading the needle like a steaming locomotive on crazy good meds, diplomacy will avail for all, no matter what our differences.  Joy!

 

Why don’t we focus on the things that which we do agree.

  1. We pay a lot of money re-purchasing music over and over.
  2. Music listening is a different subjective experience for each person.
  3. It “can” take a wee bit of trained ear (Not a B.S Degree), to hear improvements.
  4. The music is only as good as it’s source.
  5. ABX’ing can, not always, but “can” manifest as human listening fallibility & weakness.
  6. Placebo affect and bias are real “things”[sic].
  7. Provenance and Lineage of our recordings is Interesting and “nice” to have.
  8. There is such a thing as “brick walling”, “anti aliasing”, and de-noising”.
  9. There is more than one type of compression in music.
  10. Type A removes many of the tiny spaces to make music file formats smaller.
  11. Type B holds the fidelity of the performance together, Very Good!
  12. Good source players are available at many price ranges.
  13. There are good headphones and bad headphones at all price ranges.
  14. When in noisy public settings, audio nuances tend to decline.
  15. You Do NOT need to be an audiophile, to source good quality audio (If Available).
  16. Audiophiles can be nuts, same with Hi-Rez deniers. (In a good way 😉 )
  17. That said, Head-fi has it’s place, and deniers seem to hang around bigly.
  18. There are, subjectively to each of us, good mastering engineers and poor ones.
  19. We all have to listen to our source material and make our own judgements.
  20. I can have (IMO); my own vast archive of “self-proclaimed” Reference Quality Vinyl Rips, Hi-Rez digital lossless [FLAC 24/48, 24/96, 24/172, 24/192, 32 bit float, .WAV, even ALAC and DSD], quality sourced and mastered CD’s [16/44] etc., portable DAP’s/amps/DAC’s, and use .mp3’s and Youtube to preview and stream when need be.  It’s fine that you might consider this fodder, trendy, and hipsterish.  I often use apple ear buds while on the go with the mobile. I’m not a gobsmacked music snob…I listen to AC/DC cranked on the local radio in the car, beautifully overbearingly loud in all its overly-compressed glory.  I’d dance randomly in the street to an 80’s boombox with cassettes daily if these types of gatherings where more frequent.
  21. You can have 50,000 lossy .mp3’s on the go, with an excellent ear, sourcing quality CD’s and audio on your own volition (all without my schtick). You might even listen to vinyl for nostalgia purposes possibly.  Further you own low cost but excellent sounding source players as well as an expensive pair of headphones and/ or IEM’s. Even bluetooth love…it’s almost 5.0 (I too am sick of those frickin tangly chords). There’s nothing wrong with any of that.  What I’m getting at is it doesn’t matter.
  22. We can all site the Nyquist Theorem till we are blue in the face, and never get anywhere…agree to disagree perhaps.  If you’re happy, I am happy.
  23. Electronic music and Hip Hop does not and should not have to follow any of these rules.  Electronic music tends to sound great, almost always produced very well, unless it’s a very low bit rate or has been up sampled, but that is usually by design.  Hip Hop needs to be vicious or passive aggressive and Bassy…clean tight bassy…Superb dope! The only reservation I have is when either genre is too bright and shreds my ears. It’s rare, again unless by design.
  24. Classical music is on the other end of the spectrum…the rules DO very very very much apply. Soundstage and instrument separation are paramount.  Loud and soft, loud and soft just like The Pixies or Nirvana. A muddy midrange is a killer.  Attack, sustain, decay should be transparently punchy, grainy, and accurate.  The music has to breathe and pulse…ripping the heart right out your chest even with headphones on. Emotions, knocked about, tugged like a puppet to strings. It should convey an air of atmospheric space with perceivable parameters…and in a perfect world, pseudo-holophonic sound, as if you the listener can imagine you’re there live sitting center stage with the orchestra wrapped 180 degrees from ear to ear.  You’ll know something is wrong right off, a piano from each and every-little-single-ebony-to-ivory key is muddled together as one, or squashed in a constant spew of notes like an accordion. We should be able to perceive and hear milliseconds of spaciation[sic] and be acute to a differentiation between every single tapped key, no matter how fast the piece. I’ve said before piano is the hardest instrument to reproduce in recording with accuracy.  If that’s muddy then it’s all over.  I won’t get started on the pneumatic breath of the solo cello…you get my drift.
  25. Pop music…It depends on if it’s good! 😉 😉

So with all that said we arrive at the conclusion that we may not agree subjectively.  Please forgive me, as I was being purposefully presumptuous in some of the things I said above… but that is not the point.  I’m just generalizing for the sake of getting at the crux.  Most of the people reading this will not care one way or the other.  Some will be bored to tears as to, “what is the going on and on about”.  In the end we all just love music and are devilishly passionate about it–Pretty simple, no? 🙂

So, in the past I did some reviews….Beck, The Beatles Catalogue, Led Zeppelin Catalog, etc., they each get hundreds of hits daily as reference, awesome.  I also posted full album playlists (with some lineage)…it was quite subtle, again on purpose as to what I have deemed a Reference Quality Audio Recording.  I don’t know if I said it outright, I may have…If not my tongue in cheek went over people’s heads. A failed attempt by me.  Yes, you are left to taking me at my word, have to search for it yourself, and availability is spotty.  I know it’s somewhat authoritarian but let your ears be the judge.  There were many times I have searched for a single particular recording over weeks and months before finally getting a hold of it.  Time well spent!

If you search hard enough you will be able to get a hold of same source as I did, some searches will be easy, others will require patience and time.  Moderately I will recommend the High-Rez digital transfer available for everyone to purchase with a quick download and some cash.  I have no stake in this…no adverts, self funded hosting and servers.  I’m just passionate about music and everything else, and I know you are as well, or you would not be reading this.

Just a note **** again, the night site is under maintenance (The links from here the day page are static as of writing this)…It will be up again soon enough.  I’m going to do all those recordings here on the main page individually anyhow.  So there will probably be some updates as well.  When live, it will give you an idea of some of what I will cover, and it is only a small part of projected works.

From now on instead of taking a few months to do mega reviews, although I will someday do the Complete Pink Floyd Archives Posts (Damn there I go again, that’s one exception), from now on there will be single album releases (From past and present) which a single post can be done in one day.  I will do whatever I am listening to and I have in my wheelhouse as the best recordings and rips / digital to date.  The posts will vary widely in style, genre, and medium.  One day or two could be Thrash, the next Classical, Jazz, Electronic, Pop, wherever the music takes me.

In between I will continue to do my sordid stories, post mixes, photos, memorabilia, any type of art really.  I intend on making this site better by making it a reference site for individual albums.  In that vein It would make it possible for those who do not want to read my silly erotica, still be able to come here intentionally via direct link or search engine in order to just browse my reviews and recommendations on specific albums…quick and easy.

In conclusion, each album will have an easy to read, specific format that I have worked out, and tweak things as I go along.  If there is anything extra about a specific release that you would like to see, send me an email or message.  If I can get the info – I will post it or write you back.  Understand that I cannot council and/or recommend file sharing or piracy, so do not ask…messages from readers as to these types of questions will go unanswered.   No disrespect…just being clear.

 

Thanks For Reading & All Your Endless Support. My Readers Are Awesome!

Love You Lots! Stay Well, Be Kind & Bless.

 

Tak Tak, Bless!

Grazie, Ciao!

Obrigadx, Tchau! Adeus!

Gracias, Adios!

Danke, Tchuss!

Merci, Au revoir!

Dank je…Bedankt, Alstublieft!

Merci Vilmal, Adeau!

Gracies, Adieu!

Gracies, Adeu!

 

CM ☕

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Photographer Doc Keyaza …Doc’s Shots Series Archive #17 [Sample Gallery Mega Post]

Photographer Doc Keyaza …Doc’s Shots Series Archive #17 [Sample Gallery Mega Post]

 

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Time for another Doc Photo Post! I want to welcome my new followers from Twitter and the interwebs. As I said before we have so much amazing history to show in photos. This post is only another sampling of the 1000′s of amazing and rare photos I have from the Doctor which he has bestowed upon us! If you see a photo you know already, the doctor had his hands involved in it or at least through his friendship with the great Ross Halfin and other of our generations greatest music photographers. It’s going to take me years to post the best and I’m honored to do it here. One day Doc will be known more for his art than his real job, lead rigger for “The Monster”. So here we will publicly post and archive his Art of Photography.

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You ain’t seen nuthin yet!

Thanks Doc your the bestest.

 

Thanks, as always, for your support.

Cheers and Bless Bless!

 

CM ☕

 

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Our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY is coming fast! ~ 2 New Posts Coming…One Tomorrow and Another On The Weekend…

Our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY is coming fast! ~ 2 New Posts Coming…One Tomorrow and Another On The Weekend…

I know my attention to deadlines are abysmal.  I thank you all very much for your patience gh563342with me as this website continues to evolve, however slowly that may be.  With our One Year Anniversary coming up, it is exciting to look toward the future.  The “Bastard Saint” [Series] is coming along quite well and soon I will post some excerpts. I intend to finally get to that large review I said I was going to post a while back, for the summer.  Speaking of that, It’s strange because the Beck, Led Zeppelin, and Beatles reviews here at Audio Reference Music Server, over time have brought in a massive amount of visitors and further fans of the site. When I talk about doing reviews they seem to get the least response, in the short term. Just in comparison when I post a written piece the response is through the roof. With that all said I’m not going to limit myself to any type of post here…it’s really just a matter of when I will get to a particular piece. arrySTABcrp All the things that I have mentioned and so much more are being edited for when the time is just right to publish them.

People from Pono Music….you have not been forgotten! I will explain soon.

Wow what a year!!! Thank You all so much for all your support… you my friends are magnificent.

 

Stay tuned for more to come, Respect…

Cheers and Bless Bless!

 

CM ☕

 

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Oasis Appreciation via Lars Ulrich of Metallica, The Loudness wars, and The Greatest Moments in Rock and Roll History Series #6 [Videos ~ Mega Post]

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Today we present “The Oasis Appreciation Post”. I have to start out by saying that it is very unlikely that “Oasis Appreciation” would show up here at this website. The reason being olmthat their album “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?”, is considered to be the start of the “Loudness Wars”. Actually it had started before that however, no other album before then had taken “Brickwalled Recording” and Compression to the level that WTSMG had gone. Most albums after that were produced with the ideology that “Louder is Better” at moving as many units as possible. Even though almost everyone had bought into it, Oasis did not know that they were damaging the music, they just wanted to be the loudest band in the world. The way I choose to look at it is, because of the album WTSMG we now have the emergence of Hi-Res audio. You can thank them for it when you get a chance.

It was interesting to me when I heard Lars Ulrich from Metallica say ‘Oasis was the soundtrack to my life for the last 20 years.’ That is paraphrased because I can’t be bothered to look up his exact statement…but I have to show some F’ing attitude when It comes to paying homage to the Gallagher Brothers and their band Oasis. When Lars said this, it hit me in such a way that I realized that I had gone through a similar experience with the band Oasis albeit from a different perspective.

I really had not listened to much Oasis in the last decade but it reminded me at how much a part Oasis was in my wheelhouse in the 1990’s. They where loud, they were brash, and they could crank out songs and hooks with spine tingling hits. If you did not spend time in the UK during the 90’s or only heard a few songs on the radio you probably slagged them off. If it gives you any satisfaction, I can say that I hate the song “Wonderwall”. People gave me shit for liking them but I did not fucking care. You had to be there I guess.

As I’ve said before my biggest complaint about Oasis was their choice to record their albums so bricking loud and compressed that I’m forced to listen to their greatest live gigs on video when I want a fix. They are a much better live band than in the studio IMHO. It does not get much better than an Oasis set opening with “Fuckin in The Bushes” into “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” into “Lyla” into “Acquiesce” into “Columbia” into “Morning Glory”, where…

“All your dreams are made
When you’re chained to the mirror of your razor blade
Today’s the day that all the world will see
Another sunny afternoon
Walking to the sound of my favorite tune
Tomorrow never knows what it doesn’t know too soon

Need a little time to wake up
Need a little time to wake up, wake up
Need a little time to wake up
Need a little time to rest your minds
You know you should, so I guess you might as well”

Songwriter; Gallagher, Noel

 

Oasis obviously stole from the the Beatles but were heavier, twisted with a sour punk aftertaste of the Sex Pistols. Just as the Rolling Stones stole from Muddy Waters and Guns N Roses stole from the Stones, Oasis was just easier to hate because of Liam Gallagher singing adamantly about “My Big Mouth”. If you don’t believe my rip off analogy, listen to The Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” followed by Guns N’ Roses “Appetite For Destruction” or “Lies” and you will know what I mean. I know people are now screaming at their monitors right now after having said that, but it’s what I believe. I think it was the renowned critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine who talked about bands who used other bands sound as a reference point and then built on that and that is what I got from Oasis. If the Beatles had continued on to the present day “the Oasis Songwriting style” is what I would hope them to sound like. Of course that’s my imagination running wild, as the Beatles were far superior OLMkmusicians, singers, and harmonizers. Many will see that as sacrilege but I’m humored for the moment. Continue screaming at monitor.

So say what you will, but for a moment in time, Oasis was the biggest band in the world. A lofty feat for any band, one for which many would trade their souls. After extensive touring from 97-99 it was well documented that Liam Gallagher had blown out his voice over his harsh singing style and a cocaine drip. I still find their live videos great to watch and love their ornery interaction with the audience. You can tell it’s out of love and affection for their fans, it’s just the way they are, being from the working class council estates of Burnage Manchester and making it big. Where Cobain was saying “I hate myself and I want to die”, Noel Gallagher a Nirvana fan wrote the song “Live Forever.”

I imagine Oasis as the kind of guys, like your best friends, where you get rip roaring drunk and coked out, and go fucking nuts. Blood, sweat, snot, and guts with fists flying only to find your crew all hugging in the end amongst broken beer bottles, bare feet, pieces of furniture and a smashed TV…no doubt with the stereo still playing very loud throughout it all. I don’t know if that was your experience but it was mine, at least that’s the way it was with my friends.

Maybe you had to be there, definitely maybe.

Articles: Reference Metallica. Ulrich, Lars:

http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2014/sep/29/oasis-changed-lives-lars-ulrich-felix-white

http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/metallicas-lars-ulrich-oasis-has-been-the-soundtrack-to-my-life-for-the-last-20-years/

 

The Greatest Moments in R ‘N’ R History Series #6 – Oasis Plays Knebworth, Hertfordshire, England [Direct Link Below]

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My Favorite Oasis Live Show Videos (No Particular Order), And Portal [Direct Link To The Other Side Of This Site]:

http://playlists.christmachine.com/youtube/oasis-appreciation-via-lars-loudness-wars-and-the-greatest-moments-in-r-n-r-history-series-6-mirror-main-day-page-mega-post-with-videos-2/

 

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Cheers and Bless Bless!

 

CM ☕

 

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3 Posts Today…1.Beyond EDM Post Special (40 Tracks) ~ 2. Today’s Favorite Videos #19 ~ 3. How Vinyl Master Plates Are Made (2 x Videos) – A Little Bit For Everyone… [N.S.F.W. ~ 3 Mega Video Post Special]

Today Up On Christmachine Audio Reference Music Server :

3 Posts Today…1.Beyond EDM Post Special (40 Tracks) ~ 2. Today’s Favorite Videos #19 ~ 3. How Vinyl Master Plates Are Made (2 x Videos) – A Little Bit For Everyone[N.S.F.W. ~ 3 Mega Video Post Special]

 

Reviews for individual albums or sets will be posted HERE (The Main “DAY” Page) but 3755fdaily Videos & Playlists will be posted in the Playlist “Night” Feed Blog. Again you can access it from the “Playlist “Night” Feed” button in the header menu below the “HOME” button. Or you can get there using the links below.

Note: If you look under a specific name in the categories to the right….for example say “John Lennon” and see what is archived under that name, you should always check the band members’ full band name as well…i.e “The Beatles”. The reason is that at first when I made the two websites, I just used band names. In the last 2 months I began to add individual band members names. So If you look under “John Lennon” there may be a lot more Posts about him, obviously under “The Beatles”. This can be done for all individual band members and their bands at both the “Day” and “Night” “Pages”, as there may be different content at each. Search function also works well…but you must search at both the “Day” and “Night” Pages separately. I know it’s a little confusing but if you search around you’ll find everything we have here. 😉

Post #1. Beyond EDM Post Special (46 Tracks)

Christmachine [* EDM ELECTRONIC *] Audio Reference Music Server Playlist #138875a ~ 46 Of My Favorite Dance Tracks Played Last Night In 4 Hour Set…[ Beyond EDM Post Special ] Link Below A Direct Portal To “Night Page” Side of this Site… 

http://playlists.christmachine.com/playlist/christmachine-edm-electronic-audio-reference-music-server-playlist-13-40-of-my-favorite-dance-tracks-played-last-night-in-4-hour-set-beyond-edm-post-special/

 

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Post #2. Today’s Favorite Videos #19
Todays Favorite Videos #19 + 2014 Beatles Mono Vinyl Set Unboxing…[Video-Direct Links Via Embeds] ~NSFW~ Link Below A Direct Portal To “Night Page” Side of this Site…

http://playlists.christmachine.com/youtube/todays-favorite-videos-19-2014-beatles-mono-vinyl-set-unboxing-video-direct-links-via-embeds-nsfw/

 

 

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Post #3. How Vinyl Master Plates Are Made (2 x Videos) [Video Post Special] Link Below A Direct Portal To “Night Page” Side of this Site…

http://playlists.christmachine.com/youtube/how-vinyl-record-masters-are-made-2-x-videos-video-post-special/

 

 

3486gAlso: DMancuso~ DJ&AudiophileVideo Updated and second video added as well @ link below:

http://www.christmachine.com/uncategorized/if-youre-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/

 

 

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Enjoy, more interesting articles to come!

Cheers and Bless Bless!

 

CM ☕

 

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