Tomorrow, my wife and I are headed to Chicago to “enjoy/work” the AXPONA 2014 show. My friend Steve Davis started the show about 5 years ago as a small regional event in Jacksonville, Florida and has seen it grow into one of biggest audio trade shows in North America. I know he and his lovely wife Carmen worked insanely hard to build a consumer and vendor friendly show. Steve’s a skilled guitar player and enjoys singing and playing with his group so live music is always a component of the AXPONA show. This year is no different.

I’ve mentioned in a previous post that John Gorka and Antje Duvekot will be participating in a “first of its kind” shoot out in the AIX Records and partners Madison Ballroom on Friday afternoon at 2:30 pm. It’s an event that will be limited to press. Space is very limited in the space and we want to make sure that our partners and their messages get to the widest possible audience. I know some of you will be around that day…but it’s doubtful that you’ll be able to get a ticket for entry. Sorry. That doesn’t mean that you can’t come and enjoy the amazing system that we’ll going to spent all day Thursday setting up. This will be the best we’ve ever done and I’ll be loading up a 32-gig USB stick with a bunch of my favorite recordings…including some that I haven’t released yet. If you’re in Chicago or anywhere near O’Hare Airport, please stop by the Westin and say hello.

Yesterday, I called David Tamulevich in Ann Arbor, Michigan (the home of U of M…the first university that I attended). He and his associate handle the bookings and travel for John Gorka. I thought it best to double check on the gig that he and I discussed about a month ago and I’m really glad that I did. The deal needed refreshing. We got talking about high-resolution audio, John’s new record (“The Bright Side Of Down” on Red House Records) and Pono. He wasn’t aware of the new energy behind high-resolution audio. So, of course, I hit him over the head with it…gently.

He did mention that John had recently performed near the site of the Freedom Industries chemical spill in West Virgina and had written a song called, “Give Us Back Our Water”. Leave it to John to bring a heartfelt and honest song about this tragedy. You can take a listen to it on Sound Cloud by Clicking Here. I told David that I would gladly post the link to the song on this site…I do so because I think it’s an important issue and because John is my favorite singer/songwriter. He just has a way.

I’ll keep up the writing while I travel with reports on the show and our demonstrations. As you would expect, I don’t get to spend much time cruising around the show…I’m pretty locked in place demoing my tracks and talking about HRA. I will also be giving a presentation called, “2014: Is this the Year for High-Resolution Audio?” from 4:45 to 5:45 pm on Saturday, April 26th. Please come by if you’re heading the show.


Mark Waldrep, aka Dr. AIX, has been producing and engineering music for over 40 years. He learned electronics as a teenager from his HAM radio father while learning to play the guitar. Mark received the first doctorate in music composition from UCLA in 1986 for a "binaural" electronic music composition. Other advanced degrees include an MS in computer science, an MFA/MA in music, BM in music and a BA in art. As an engineer and producer, Mark has worked on projects for the Rolling Stones, 311, Tool, KISS, Blink 182, Blues Traveler, Britney Spears, the San Francisco Symphony, The Dover Quartet, Willie Nelson, Paul Williams, The Allman Brothers, Bad Company and many more. Dr. Waldrep has been an innovator when it comes to multimedia and music. He created the first enhanced CDs in the 90s, the first DVD-Videos released in the U.S., the first web-connected DVD, the first DVD-Audio title, the first music Blu-ray disc and the first 3D Music Album. Additionally, he launched the first High Definition Music Download site in 2007 called A frequency speaker at audio events, author of numerous articles, Dr. Waldrep is currently writing a book on the production and reproduction of high-end music called, "High-End Audio: A Practical Guide to Production and Playback". The book should be completed in the fall of 2013.

5 thoughts on “Roadtrip

  • Hi Mark,
    I read your Real HD Audio site faithfully every day, even when I am travelling. I learn a lot from you about my favourite hobby and music in general. I can tell that you are very passionate about many topics in this realm. But I have often wondered what it would be like to feel that passion through video, live steaming or otherwise. Today’s commentary about the the Road Trip to Axpona brought the idea back to my mind. Wouldn’t it be fun to see Mark doing his one hour talk on Saturday. I think it would be enjoyable to see you in action once in a while, especially with this topic to which you are speaking. Just a thought Mark. I have done a little video work myself when my wife and I do teacher training in India. It means fussing around with another load of equipment. But it really does not have to be too professional for us to get the idea, have fun and experience you expounding on topics that really stir your passions and are also significant in today’s audio world.

    • Jack…I believe the presentations are being videotaped. I know they have in the past. You can also check out videos of me at the RMAF (Rocky Mountain Audio Fest)…I’ve done a number there as well. Thanks.

  • Mark, your posts are always interesting, and I look forward to reading every one that gets to my computer.

    Your “Road Trip” post reminded me that I will not be able to visit the AXPONA show this year because I am travelling over seas on business.

    Will you have a sale on leftover recordings (Blu-ray) from the show? If you do please let me know.

    Have a good show.

    Best Regards, Kenrick.

  • John Poutier

    Mark – small correction. That chemical spill was in West Virginia but I’m sorry it happened anywhere.

  • Blaine J. Marsh

    Sorry that I can’t make it to the show. It sounds like it will be great. Have a safe trip and have a great time. Also, keep pushing NY to record with you!


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