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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

OT: Music Notes

A brief off-topic item: The Philadelphia Orchestra, one of America's big five symphony orchestras, is offering downloads of soundboard recordings of live performances at its music store in MP3 format—no surprise there—but also, unusually, in Josh Coalson's restriction-free FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) format too. Right now you can get a nice reading of Beethoven's Fifth under Christoph Eschenbach for free in MP3 (free! Free!), or pay $6 for the FLAC version. A FLAC file has the same specs as a Redbook CD. The FLAC software is available for free too.

If you burn yours to a CD, which you'll want to do because there's no DRM (I'm listening to mine right now), you'll want to turn off the interval pause between tracks, because the allegro movements (3 and 4) are contiguous.

Lossless downloads of live performances are the sort of thing that ought to be encouraged. You can't at present get a "SUPPORT HI-REZ DOWNLOADS" bumper sticker from the Philadelphia, but I'm sure that's just a temporary oversight....

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON, hat tip to Wes Phillips


Blogger David MacFarlane said...

Thanks for the heads up...
There seems to be very few of us that listen to classical music and it seems to be a group that is getting smaller all the time.
I go to your blog everyday and really enjoy it. Photography is my hobby, but I do make my living as an artist turning alabaster on the lathe.
if you're interested.


9:35 AM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

Very interesting. Thanks.


10:06 AM  
Anonymous Dan said...

I was just turned on to the Philli Orchestra by another blog not long ago.

High-quality, lossless, non-propretary music files unencumbered by DRM sold at a fair price? Nice. The RIAA needs to get on the clue train and offer the same. It would be much more effective than suing and bullying your customers.

Then agian, what would I know. I'm not a copyright holde-- wait, why yes I am!

I've been buying up alot of music from the Philli site in flac form. I think of it as a digital equivalent ot a CD. The only issue is that software support is slim and I'm a iTunes junkie. This means untill I find a decent converter, it's a convoluted process getting things into iTunes and then hand-typing in the meta-data for each song.

Oh-well, it's a start.

10:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the link to the free download. However, after to listening to the recording, I'm glad I did not pay for it. My one word review would be "Uninspired."

8:39 PM  
Blogger Jeremy said...

"Uninspired" is about right, though it is very energetic. Also this being a live recording probably accounted for the subpar mastering.

11:57 PM  

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