I’ve been invited back to appear on Scott Wilkinson’s “Home Theater Geeks” show, which will be webcast live at 2:30 pm Pacific Standard Time today (click here to view it live). If you miss the live broadcast you can see the edited program at click here. I think this is my fourth time on his very popular show and I always look forward to it. He reaches a lot of people from all corners of the globe.
Scott and I have been friends for a very long time. He was a trombonist and I was a composition major at California State University at Northridge in the mid 80s. In fact, I recorded his senior recital. Scott migrated to the new computer music lab at the school in addition to his brass playing. Dr. Beverly Grigsby managed to get a hold of a mainframe computer and then a Fairlight 8-bit sampler. I didn’t spend much time in the computer lab because I ran the analog electronic music studio upstairs, which was run by another faculty member…and the two of them didn’t get along. But we had fun programming and experimenting with the new equipment in both labs.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been 30 years, but as they say time waits for no one. Scott and I have resided in Southern California all these years and have stayed in touch. His path took him into journalism with a specialization in home entertainment systems and I have combined audio engineering and university chores into a very busy career. Although, these days it seems I spend a lot more time tapping away at a keyboard.
I chatted with Scott briefly yesterday and today about the emerging world of high-resolution audio. He’s been following Neil Young’s Pono project and knows a great deal about the technology behind CDs and other optical discs. However, I found it curious when he started asking my thoughts about Monty’s (Christopher Montgomery) articles over at xiph.com. Monty has written quite forcefully that high-resolution audio is completely unnecessary. He doesn’t believe that 192 kHz and 24-bits enhance audio recording and playback. He actually believes that 192 sounds worse than standard resolution audio.
Scott…and I know a lot of my readers…wanted to know how I respond to the articles. We’ll certainly be discussing that on the show today. As a teaser, let me share that I agree with much of what Monty asserts but he restricts his thinking to the realities of the current commercial music business and doesn’t seem to recognize that there are a large number of audiophiles that are interested in more than heavily compressed audio files. And he seems unaware that there are crazies like myself and Morten Lynberg that make recordings that exceed CD specs.
I’ll also share my reactions to the recent AXPONA show and reflect on my meeting with John Hamm of Pono. Please stop by and join us. It’s not everyday that you get to see me talking about high-resolution audio live. It will be fun.