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What is Neil Young touting?
godrick
post Jan 31 2012, 21:48
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His recordings seem to avoid much of the dynamic compression that I've heard in others, and he obviously has credibility as an artist, but I cannot figure out what he is specifically advocating in what is reported as "High Resolution Audio" (caps in articles). I googled and could not find anything more specific than a brief article in the WSJ http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/01/31/...oogle_news_blog

Is Young backing a specific codec and resolution, or is he generally just calling for more than what seems most common today? Anyone with any insight on more details on what specific problems he wants to solve and any specifics of his proposed solution?
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limahuli
post Feb 1 2012, 00:10
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here's video that the WSJ summation was taken from:

http://allthingsd.com/20120131/neil-youngs...-mission-video/

I can't speak for Young, but I have some assumptions.

He wants the labels to provide (at least) Redbook-resolution downloads, and preferably 24/96 resolution, for a start.

Of course, to do this, the major labels would have to offer FLAC files-- and the majors hate FLAC. They consider it the format of pirates and bootleggers. It's probably why you can't play FLAC on iTunes software (without a hack/add-on).

Neil offered some higher-res files on the Blu-ray version of his first Archives volume. Unfortunately you couldn't convert those files to play anywhere other than the Blu-ray media without, again, a lot of steps, most outside the skills of the average music fan. So the hi-res tracks weren't what you could call portable.

Young's trying to raise awareness that there's demand for higher res, and trying to goad the labels and Silicon Valley into talking to each other to make this sort of thing available.

Here's some more background on Young's crusade:

http://blogs.linn.co.uk/giladt/2011/08/lis...-neil-young.php

the following page had a YouTube video showing one of Neil's vintage cars backstage at (I think) Boneroo, with all sorts of rockstars sitting in it listening to high-res. That video has since been taken down, and all content on the Facebook "Occupy Audio" page has been removed. I think you can still "like" the page, though. Who knows. Something new might show up.

https://www.facebook.com/OccupyAudio
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- godrick   What is Neil Young touting?   Jan 31 2012, 21:48
- - limahuli   here's video that the WSJ summation was taken ...   Feb 1 2012, 00:10
|- - JimH   QUOTE (limahuli @ Jan 31 2012, 17:10) Of ...   Feb 1 2012, 01:55
|- - ramicio   QUOTE (limahuli @ Jan 31 2012, 19:10) It...   Feb 1 2012, 12:38
|- - Busemann   QUOTE (ramicio @ Feb 1 2012, 04:38) QUOTE...   Feb 1 2012, 21:34
||- - ramicio   QUOTE (Busemann @ Feb 1 2012, 16:34) Or, ...   Feb 2 2012, 01:41
||- - Busemann   QUOTE (ramicio @ Feb 1 2012, 17:41) QUOTE...   Feb 2 2012, 09:48
||- - ramicio   QUOTE (Busemann @ Feb 2 2012, 04:48) That...   Feb 2 2012, 14:16
||- - MichaelW   QUOTE (ramicio @ Feb 3 2012, 02:16) They ...   Feb 2 2012, 17:09
||- - rick.hughes   QUOTE (MichaelW @ Feb 2 2012, 11:09) ... ...   Feb 2 2012, 21:51
|- - andrew_berge   QUOTE (ramicio @ Feb 1 2012, 06:38) FLAC ...   Feb 2 2012, 03:35
- - Wombat   You can of cause just get the impression he only w...   Feb 1 2012, 00:34
- - DVDdoug   I'm sure Neil Young has heard some really good...   Feb 1 2012, 01:17
- - JJZolx   He begins by mentioning recording at 24/192 and ca...   Feb 1 2012, 01:35
- - Ron Jones   I watched the video. What I saw before me was an o...   Feb 1 2012, 01:53
|- - Carledwards   QUOTE (Ron Jones @ Jan 31 2012, 16:53) I ...   Feb 1 2012, 08:47
- - RobertoDomenico   ALAC is now an open standard. http://www.hydroge...   Feb 1 2012, 04:06
- - Wombat   QUOTE (RobertoDomenico @ Feb 1 2012, 04:0...   Feb 1 2012, 04:23
|- - RobertoDomenico   QUOTE (Wombat @ Feb 1 2012, 04:23) QUOTE ...   Feb 1 2012, 04:57
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (Wombat @ Feb 1 2012, 03:23) Flac i...   Feb 1 2012, 11:28
- - kraut   QUOTE What I saw before me was an old man who does...   Feb 1 2012, 04:26
|- - Ron Jones   QUOTE (kraut @ Jan 31 2012, 20:26) Idioci...   Feb 1 2012, 05:43
- - Wombat   For me and many others ALAC is useless because it ...   Feb 1 2012, 05:04
|- - JJZolx   QUOTE (Wombat @ Jan 31 2012, 21:04) If th...   Feb 1 2012, 05:15
|- - Ron Jones   QUOTE (Wombat @ Jan 31 2012, 21:04) For m...   Feb 1 2012, 05:51
- - RobertoDomenico   Seems like you have a personal gripe with Apple.   Feb 1 2012, 05:11
- - Wombat   If the rest of the world offers flac for download ...   Feb 1 2012, 05:23
- - Wombat   At least the last poll shows that only 6% of Hydro...   Feb 1 2012, 05:57
- - godrick   limahuli, thanks for the links - those were helpfu...   Feb 1 2012, 06:43
- - JJZolx   I didn't take any part of his conversation to ...   Feb 1 2012, 06:57
- - godrick   You're right, nothing directly mentioned in th...   Feb 1 2012, 07:01
- - Kujibo   I also caught that article and was wondering if di...   Feb 1 2012, 23:26
|- - mjb2006   QUOTE (Kujibo @ Feb 1 2012, 15:26) A ways...   Feb 2 2012, 02:20
- - andy o   Um, Justin Beiber? Or, on an actually good note, ...   Feb 3 2012, 03:00
- - MichaelW   It's good, then, that people are making a dece...   Feb 3 2012, 05:17


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