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Episode #169 - The Environmental Impact of Vinyl Records, CDs, and Data

We talk with Kyle Devine, author of a new book about the environmental impact of music recordings, which raises a number of issues that we had never previously considered. Guest: Kyle Devine ( Decomposed: The Political Ecology of Music ( Show notes: Nightmares on wax: the environmental impact of the vinyl revival...


Episode #168 - L'Affaire Sonos and Obsolescence in Audio Equipment

Andy Doe joins us again to discuss the perils of having software-controlled audio equipment. After the Affaire Sonos, when the company announced that a lot of its older products would become "obsolete," perhaps it's time to think more carefully about how long hardware we buy will last, when it depends on software. Guest: Andy Doe ( Show notes: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance ( LSO Live (


Episode #167 - Tuning the Perfect Music Listening Room

Chris Connaker of Audiophile Style renovated the attic of his house and turned it into the ultimate listening room. He then tuned it using amazing speakers, acoustic treatment, and DSP (digital signal processing). He explains how he went about this, and how the room itself is perhaps the most important element in an audio system. Guest: Chris Connaker ( Show notes: A New Listening Room Part One...


Episode #166 - Our Year in Music

For the first episode of the new decade - the last one recorded in the previous decade - Doug and Kirk look back on their year in music. Show notes: Honkyoku (Kirk's shakuhachi website) ( The Zen of Everything (Kirk's podcast) ( Rode Procaster microphone ( Yamaha AG03 mixer ( Episode #147 - Kirk's New Sonos Amp ( KEF Q350 speakers ( Q...


Episode #165 - Christmas Is in the Air

There’s got to be a German word for this. It’s that feeling, that first second, when you heard Jingle Bells in the middle of summer. Show notes: Episode #58 – David Weigel on the History of Progressive RockTrio Mediaeval: Folk SongsBruce Springsteen: Santa Claus is Coming to TownDo They Know It’s ChristmasWe Are the WorldBob Dylan: Christmas in the HeartBob Dylan: Must Be Santa (video)The Jethro Tull Christmas AlbumApple Music Christmas PlaylistDie HardIt’s a Wonderful LifeA Charlie Brown...


Episode #164 - Sid Smith on the Life and Times of King Crimson

Sid Smith is the official biographer of King Crimson. He recently updated his book, In The Court Of King Crimson - An Observation Over 50 Years, that tells the tale of this seminal band. We talk with Sid about everything Crimson. Guest: - In The Court Of King Crimson - An Observation Over 50 Years ( Show notes: DGM Live ( Episode #161 - Philip Thomas on Morton Feldman's Piano Music...


Episode #163 - Lewis Shiner on His Novel Outside the Gates of Eden

Lewis Shiner's latest novel Outside the Gates of Eden is a saga that begins at a Dylan concert in 1965, then follows a musician and his friends as they age, up to the present. This novel has a huge scope, with moving scenes about music, and about a generation growing up. (Apologies for the sketchy Skype audio quality.) Guest: - Lewis Shiner ( Show notes: Outside the Gates of Eden ( Episode #28 – Music and Mystery: Author Peter Robinson on...


Episode #162 - Apple's New Improved macOS Media Apps

Doug and Kirk spend a half hour or so discussing Apple's new apps that replace iTunes on the Mac. They rant, they praise, they shrug, they laugh, and they reminisce on what was, while imaging what could have been. It was a very good year. Show notes: The iTunes Guy column on Macworld ( CarPlay Crashes Constantly in My Car ( The iTunes and Everything Apple forum on Audiophile Style...


Episode #161 - Philip Thomas on Morton Feldman's Piano Music

Episode #161 - Philip Thomas on Morton Feldman's Piano Music Philip Thomas has recorded a 5-CD set of all of Morton Feldman's music for solo piano. We discuss with him one of the most interesting of 20th century composers and the unique nature of sound in Feldman's works. Guest: Philip Thomas ( Morton Feldman Piano box set on another timbre ( Show notes: Episode #155 - Running a Small Record Label: Another...


Episode #160 - Golden Years

Ginger Baker has died, and we reflect on older musicians and how they keep on performing, even without any new material, until their golden years. Show notes: Ginger Baker obituary (The Guardian) ( Beware of Mr. Baker ( Episode #143 - Too Old to Rock 'n Roll ( Cream Farewell Concert (YouTube) ( Town Hall /...


Episode #159 - Has Lossless and High-Resolution Audio Finally Come to the Masses?

Amazon announced a new lossless and high-resolution music streaming service. Has high-res music finally come to everyone? We talk with Chris Connaker, of Audiophile Style, to try to understand Amazon's logic. Guest: Chris Connaker: Audiophile Style (, Superphonica ( Show notes: Amazon Music HD ( Amazon Launches Amazon Music HD (and Lies a Lot) (


Episode #158 - What We Did this Summer

Doug and Kirk discuss some audio-related projects they carried out this summer, new Sonos gear, streaming audio in the home, the iTunes visualizer, and more. Show notes: My New Vitsœ Shelves Have Freed Up Space in My Office ( Rams (documentary about Dieter Rams) ( Kef Q150 speakers ( Q Acoustics 3010i speakers...


Episode #157 - Fake Fur-Covered Streams: Everything About CD Packaging

Andy Doe joins us to discuss CD packaging. The types of packages used, such as jewel cases and digipacks, and the marketing behind those Big Classical Box Sets. Guest: Andy Doe ( Proper Discord ( Show notes: Andy's video about how to unwrap a CD (YouTube) ( O-cards and J-cards ( Beethoven Symphonies, Roger Norrington, The London Classical Players...


Episode #156 - 10 Ideas About the Future of the Music Business

We discuss the future of the music business, and come up with at last 10 ideas about how things will change in the next 10 years. Because 10 is a good number. Show notes: Robert Klein: "Now You Can Get Every Record Ever Recorded" ( 10 Ways The Music Industry Will Change In 10 Years ( The future of music: 10 predictions from industry professionals...


Episode #155 - Running a Small Record Label: Another Timbre

We welcome Simon Reynell, who runs Another Timbre, a one-man record label that releases experimental and contemporary music. Simon tells us how he started the label, and what it's like to run a record label in a niche of this kind. Guest: Simon Reynell ( Another Timbre ( Show notes: Frank Denyer: music for shakuhachi ( John Cage: Two2...


Episode #154 - Remembering the Walkman and Cassettes

The Sony Walkman was introduced 40 years ago. When it first came out, it was the biggest change in musical listening since the record player. It ushered in an era of personal listening, and, with the popularity of cassette tapes, changed the music industry. Show notes: As Sony's Walkman Turns 35, a Look Back at Its Inception ( (Shows a photo of the TCS-300) TC-D5 ( TPS-L2 (the first Walkman)...


Episode #153 - John Lysaker on Brian Eno's Music for Airports

Philosopher John Lysaker joins us to discuss his recent book about Brian Eno's Music for Airports. We talk about the idea of ambient music, and how Music for Airports defined a genre. Guest: John Lysaker ( John Lysaker's book Brian Eno's Ambient 1: Music for Airports ( Show notes: Episode #150 - Ambient Music ( Brian Eno: Ambient 1, Music for Airports ( Music for Airports liner notes...


Episode #152 - Flogging a Dead App: Is it Really the Death of iTunes?

"iTunes is dead!!!" claim a number of websites and publications. Even on the TV news they were saying that "Apple has discontinued iTunes," that "it's the end of an era." Apple made big announcements at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference in early June. Did they really kill off iTunes? We look at this subject, yet again, for what will be the last episode about the future of iTunes, at least until the next one. Show notes: Episode #136 - Breaking Up with iTunes?...


Episode #151 - The Latest Trends in Hi-Fi

We welcome back Chris Connaker, who tells us about the latest trends in hi-fi at the Munich High End audio show. Guest: Chris Connaker: Audiophile Style (, Superphonica ( Show notes: High End Munich ( Josh ( Qobuz ( Episode #147 - Kirk's New Sonos Amp ( Focal Maestro Utopia Evo speakers...


Episode #150 - Ambient Music

The problem with the genre of ambient music is that most of it is not ambient music. No one really agrees on what exactly ambient music is. We discuss the genre, and the music, and how we feel about this type of music. Show notes: Brian Eno: Music for Airports, Bang on the Can ( Music for Airports](