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Mike Mettler Posted: Apr 05, 2011 0 comments

“It’s a timeless record with so much detail,” says surround-sound remix guru Richard Chycki about Rush’s 1981 masterpiece, Moving Pictures. “I’m glad you’ve clued into all of the nuances.” Chycki is referring to what I said to him last week about the PCM 5.1 and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mixes he did for MP’s 30th anniversary reissue. Today marks the release of the CD+DVD version, something certainly worth getting if you’re not equipped for Blu-ray — but the much preferred Holy Grail CD+BD version won’t be out until May 3.

Billy Altman Posted: Feb 26, 2009 0 comments
Blue Corn
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She's been recording for a decade, but Texas singer/songwriter Ruthie Foster was a fairly well-kept secret on the folk/
Parke Puterbaugh Posted: Jul 22, 2008 0 comments
Columbia/Legacy
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Unlike the case with Bob Dylan, there has been precious little in the way of 1960s concert recordings b

Michael Berk Posted: Dec 01, 2011 0 comments

Love radio? Tired of Internet radio's algorithmic bent, and long for the days when a flesh and blood DJ put a lifetime of obsession into picking that next track? Slacker Radio just might be what you're looking for.

Mike Mettler Posted: Jan 30, 2014 0 comments
Legacy. Some artists embrace it, some resist it. Early-period Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett decided to go the extra mile to dance on the volcano of his past, charging firth, er, forth to majestically recast the arrangements of a top-drawer selection of his ’70s output with the British prog giants.
Billy Altman Posted: Jul 21, 2008 0 comments
Columbia
Music ••• Sound •••

On his new CD's bonus DVD, Steve Winwood notes that musicians aren't necessarily music lovers - that they often lis

Brett Milano Posted: Mar 02, 2011 0 comments
 
Yep Roc
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Mike Mettler Posted: Feb 25, 2009 0 comments
K-Scope
Music ••••½ DVD-Audio Mix ••••• Extras ••••½
The once and future king of surround has done it again - or,
Posted: Jul 13, 2008 0 comments

Sure, you know that Elliot Scheiner, Frank Filipetti, and other producer/engineers are fans of surround sound. But among artists, you'll find no bigger champion of multichannel music than Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson.

Parke Puterbaugh Posted: Jul 15, 2008 0 comments
Diamond Hoo Ha Astralwerks
Music •••½ Sound •••

The glam-rock triumvirate of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, and Mott the

Parke Puterbaugh Posted: Feb 02, 2012 0 comments

“Superb. The music is brought to life.”

That’s Robert Fripp’s own assessment of Steven Wilson’s 6-channel mix of Discipline. I have to agree.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Mike Mettler Posted: Oct 09, 2013 0 comments
Performance
Sound
The potent combo of married co-bandleaders guitarist/vocalist Susan Tedeschi and slide-guitar maestro Derek Trucks and nine (or so) of their closest friends hits its stride on group album number three, Made Up Mind. Mind shows how TTB has finally forged the right blend of improv interplay prowess and gutbucket roots rock.
Posted: Oct 30, 2007 0 comments

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Robert Ripps Posted: Dec 10, 2001 0 comments

Tune in a classical FM radio station or attend a symphony orchestra concert, and chances are you'll hear very little music composed after 1900.

Mike Mettler Posted: Sep 18, 2012 0 comments

“Anything that we sit down in, we’re good at.” This is Steven Wilson, 5.1 mixmaster nonpareil, discussing two of the gold medals that Great Britain won in the Summer Olympics — one in cycling, the other in rowing. If there were Olympic medals given for achievement in surround-sound mixing, then Wilson would own more golden hardware than Michael Phelps has collected a dozen times over.

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