Albums of 2014

Sometimes I think these kinds of things are a little pointless because a) they are based solely on an individual's own tastes and b) what the listener actually bought or heard. Anyway, for what it's worth, here are mine. They are a mixture of albums that were either released in this calendar year or were simply works I'd not previously heard fully before. They are not in any order - that would be even more meaningless.

Fleetwood Mac - Mirage
Mark Isham - Film Music
Quiltland - Sisto
VHS Head - Persistence Of Vision
Plaid - Reachy Prints
Oneohtrix Point Never - Commissions 1
Rosie Vela - Zazu
Steely Dan - Aja
Ben Frost - Aurora
Roxy Music - Country Life
Maurice Jarre - Witness Original Soundtrack
Machine Drum - Vapor City & Archives Edition
Claude Speeed - My Skeleton
Aphex Twin - Syro
Thom Yorke - Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
36 - Dream Tempest
The Gasman - House
Jon Brooks - 52
Pink Floyd - The Endless River
Bryan Ferry - Avonmore
The Advisory Council - From Out Here
Hans Zimmer - Interstellar Original Soundtrack


Tangerine Dream's Edgar Froese dies at 70

Edgar Froese, the founding member of the German electronic group Tangerine Dream, has died in Vienna, aged 70, the BBC reports.

This group were inspirational to me growing up. Their quality and sheer musical output will never be bettered. They were literally pioneers of the genre and masters of electronic music. Edgar Froese helped create some of the music that will still be here generations from now.

Can You Hear Above 16-bit/44.1kHz?

Dave Hamilton writing in the Mac Observer:

This difference between 16-bit/44.1kHz audio and anything greater than that has been tested (a lot... in double-blind tests) and we have yet to find any human that can reliably notice that difference. Bit depths greater than 16 bits and sample rates above 44.1kHz simply don't matter as long as the data is converted properly (and the industry's ability to do that conversion has improved substantially since those very first CDs were released at the dawn of the digital music era, though most of us at home don't have the skill or setup to convert and downsample properly).