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It's never been about quality
Christophe Durchateau
Sleepy Caldicot

3rd August 2014

Most people, I think, are aware of the limitations of compressed file formats and don't really care too much about it. Let's face it, most people aren't musicians and to those people the difference between a lossless format and an mp3 etc, might not be discernible, and even if it was they probably wouldn't lose sleep over it. As someone keen on photography I'm sure you're aware of the debate that raged, quite literally, in the early days of digital photography, and the argument that "the quality is nowhere near as good as film". And they were right of course - I don't know how current technology compares but back then at least a good quality roll of 35mm celluloid did render an image with better quality than the digital sensors of the day. But even then, quality was never the issue; convenience was. After all if everyone was concerned with quality first and foremost then people would be carrying 8 X 10 field cameras with them everywhere. The fact is, 35mm film was the most convenient and practical format of the day. Digital just usurped that crown and made convenience even more, well, convenient. I rather believe the parallel with todays audio file formats is true. It's not really about quality but rather the convenience that we can carry our entire music collection around on a portable device that slips in a pocket and is barely noticeable. That said I don't believe convenience over quality is progress, it's just that to most people the compromise is acceptable. And then, of course, you have the knock on effect that a generation has grown up with mp3 and knows nothing of the sonic bliss of analogue audio. Until at least the convenience factor changes I'm not sure the industry has it in it to change to lossless file formats. However, I will be watching Pono with interest to see if the demand exists for higher quality audio files and whether the industry has the will to change. I certainly hope so.
music
RENATO FSALES
rio.d.janeiro

3rd August 2014

Someday.........magic!!!!!! Train to nowhere......magic!!!!!! Please music long.............
The breeze
Franco Furcone
Palermo, Sicily

3rd August 2014

Hello Guy! I have listened to all the breeze .. The quality is impressive. What do you think? The two songs someday and train to nowhere. Were recorded at BG guitar parts and vocals? How nice to see you in the book of photos with a nice stratocaster behind. You are the best! Yes, I haven't listened to the whole album yet
You nailed it re 'Mastered for iTunes'
Paul Graber
Guildford

31st July 2014

There are strong rumours that Apple will shortly launch a truly high resolution service. In the meantime, their current offerings are sh1t, and 'Mastered...' adds nothing in quality terms. It's a real shame: with their market position, and commitment to excellence in other areas, Apple could be leading the way in driving up sound quality.
Mastered for iTunes
Scott Hawk
USA

31st July 2014

Doc, been listening to The Breeze since my pre-order became available and I have to comment on the wonderful sound. For my favorite musicians, I normally rip CD's using Apple Lossless and then stream to an Airport Express (also high bit rate lossless) connected via digital optical to a high end amp with very good quality speakers. Since I went right for the download on the Breeze, I was expecting a less pleasing sound given other downloads I've bought recently. Man, even at 256K AAC this thing sounds great. That got me wondering, what do you think of the "Mastered for iTunes" process? Being somewhat familiar with all this, I thought it was little basic but the workflow pointers and description of things like harmonics were spot on. https://www.apple.com/itunes/m[...] Simon Climie and Alan Douglass did a fine job. As for the AAC vs mp3 debate, Although AAC is slightly better, they are both compressed formats which deteriorate any original file. Mastered for iTunes is a marketing tool. I prefer to think of mastering as 'Mastered for you and your lossless format. Higher resolution audio is what we should be thinking about, not compressed, archaic file formats.
fare well northumberland
Mohammed Temsamani
Montreal

31st July 2014

Hi Guy, just came across this gorgeous version of fare thee well…i am sure you re aware of cheers! https://www.youtube.com/watch?[...] Yes, very nice
on the cookbook
Marie Neer
beautiful northeastern California

31st July 2014

Thank you for the great cookbook, Guy. I ordered it a few months ago, but had to wait for some recipes until I found some ingredients. In my corner of the world, one doesn't just walk into the local market and find some of those things. So, finding them online was quite expensive, because of shipping, and i had to wait for some travel time to San Francisco I recently had friends over and gave them a very successful dinner with a couple of your recipes. Would there be more to come? Thanks again. So glad you enjoyed it Marie, thanks
More Mark/JJ questions
zimmy

31st July 2014

Not much has ever been known about the performance with Mark and JJ back in 86. Can you elaborate a bit? How long did they play together, which songs etc? Now you're asking!
Studio
Erwin
Netherlands

31st July 2014

Guy, Reading that you wil be back in the studio after the summer for more recording does this mean the whole band is going to be back or is it just you and Mark? It will just be Mark and I to finish up.
Ruth Moody pockets
Peter West
Melbourne, Australia

31st July 2014

Guy, I heard Ruth Moody's Pockets, my gosh what a voice and oh what a talent. The song is just surreal, MK's guitar playing and harmonies make this a truly wonderful musical experience. I'd die to hear them pay it live together. best wishes indeed
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2005 Soundboards
Julio
East Coast of Iberian Peninsula

31st July 2014

Hello Doc. Someone asked about 2005 soundboard concerts. In 2005 a company called Crowfly / Passalong made a deal with MK and several concerts from Europe and USA during that 2005 tour were put on sale as digital downloads. The company is no longer in bussiness so that concerts are not available anymore. Maybe if Blecker has an interest they could buy the right of that concerts to, well, I dont know who owns them, and offer them together with the 2013 concerts (owned by Blecker) and the 2010 (owned by Simfy, that its the same that Blecker or related to...)
Brothers In Arms sessions - Duncan and Plews
Mimmo Carrata
Polignano a Mare, Italy

31st July 2014

Hi Guy, How are you ? I was re-reading today my old collection of DSIS newsletters of the 80's and in one of these Liz wrote that Malcolm Duncan played sax and Dave Plews played trumpet and flute on Brothers In Arms, and in fact they are both credited on the album notes. What do you remember about their sessions and can you tell exactly in which song(s) they played ? I am pretty sure that Dave Plews plays on Ride Across The River but as their performance on the album hasn't never officially cleared before in almost 30 years, your answer will be the final word. Best Regards, Mimmo I wouldn't be so sure about that. Malcolm and Dave were indeed visitors to Montserrat for a week during the recording. They played on a few tracks but what ended up in the final mix, I couldn't tell you due to the fact that my memory span isn't what it used to be. The mystery shall remain.
Border Reiver
Florian S

31st July 2014

Hello Doc, I hope your summer break is going well and that you're gathering plenty of good energy for the coming work ! Just a stupid question, as it may perhaps seem obvious for most people... Is it an Albion motor we can hear at the very end of Border Reiver starting around 3:39 ? (Amazing record BTW). Have good holidays. Florian I think that may be your imagination, a wonderful thing
Golf?
Marty McAuliffe
Syracuse, New York, USA

31st July 2014

Hmmm....a break eh? Will there be golf photos to follow? who knows?
Dealing with self-criticism as a musician
Benny Hanselaer
Antwerpen (Belgium)

31st July 2014

Hello Guy, I'm Benny from Antwerp and i would like to ask you a question if that's ok... How do you deal with too much self-criticism as a musician ? In the link below i'm just improvising over a backingtrack i found online. Heard it 2 to 3 times then pressed record on my ipad (crappy amp - working class hero ),and this is what came out. But although i hear some good things, i'm constantly paying attention to the things that were not good when i'm listening to it (when i move up to the 15th fret for instance, or not taking enough time in between licks) But to a point where i have too much self-criticism and i don't believe that i can play good at all. I think i'm too perfectionist and expect to improvise flawless. I wonder if a musician like yourself or other great ones, maybe have had a similar situation when improvising on the spot, or maybe i just need more practise. So, what are your thoughts ? Any advice ? Thanks in advance ! Big fan, grz benny https://www.facebook.com/photo[...] Self-criticism is a tool; to be used for self-improvement. Always best to keep it to yourself!
EC MK
Jose Brihuega
Cadiz

31st July 2014

Do Clapton recorded something for MK while he was on BG? No
JJ
Mike B
NC USA

30th July 2014

"Someday" sounds like it could have been on Communique.
New album MK
Franco Furcone
Palermo, Sicily

25th July 2014

Hello Guy! I have listened the two new songs: Someday and Train to nowhere.. Thanks to the master! Great! One question: The new MK's album will come out in 2014? Thank you hello. No, the release date will be announced as soon as possible
Johnny Winter
Fred
France

25th July 2014

All the blues lovers must be sad that Johnny Winter passed away. MK was supposed to appear on JW's new album but in the end he isn't on it. Do you know if a song was recorded for that album? It would be great to hear MK and JW together. Not that I'm aware of
Tour de France & holidays
bruno-xavier barbin
France, Aquitaine

23rd July 2014

Hello Doc ! First of all, I would like to wish you to have a good summer break. I wander what are those exciting things, you're talking about ... If you don't mind, I would like to answer to Val, from UK, who had the kindness to answer me some days ago. @ Val : Thank you for your answer, I didn't expect it ! I'm glad to read you enjoy the Tour in England. Sarlat is a beautiful city, I hope you have some good time in Aquitaine. Well you know the song "my one true love awaits me still, the flower of the Aquitaine". Thank you MK ! Ahah ! Thanks again Val ! And thank you Doc.
JJ Cale EPK
Alexander
Berlin

23rd July 2014

Hi Doc, here is an interesting 15 minute long EPK on the forthcoming album from EC on JJ Cale, that was done at BG. MK is in it a couple of times . I just saw the documentary "From Tulsa and back" last night once again and once again I realized what a cool and modest genius this man was. I was wondering whether you ever played with him and, if yes, if you could share a thought or two on this experience with us. Thanks, Alex. http://www.amazon.com/Eric-Cla[...] Thanks, no, I never played with JJ but was there when Mark did in San Francisco back in 1986. The first thing that Mark ever played to me the day I met him was a JJ Cale track. He was a massive influence on us all.
Pub Bet
dave kopec
Mahwah NJ

23rd July 2014

Hi Doc, please settle a (daft) bar bet if you can. My friend thinks that if he (or anyone else) threw a headband on stage at an MK gig would he actually put it on? A round of Smithwick's is at stake. Haha. Not a hope in hell. Cheers
Become bored ?
Genevelle Eric
France

23rd July 2014

Hi Doc, In the last few years, when you and MK where working on new album, it was un update of the dairie quite every 2 weeks. That year, quite no news except technologicals answers about microphones and so on. That it means that you're borring with the forum (with the set list, the straits, the date of the new album and the next tour,and so on), on are you just wanted to take your time to profit of the summer with your family. Or may be, you want to speak, but, you can't talk. You told me one day you are free on this forum. But, ... you never free. You have an agreement with MK... And, at last what about you ? You were in France last week with Vicente. Was it great ? What? you don't like my microphone stories?? The term 'never satisfied' springs to mind. Mark and I are now on a Summer break and will resume in September. As I mentioned below, there are some exciting things coming up. You've followed long enough to know the deal. (PS. 'boring' has only one 'r')
Walk off stage
Marko Miklić
Croatia

23rd July 2014

Don't know if you heard about it, Clapton reportedly had some PA issues during a gig in Glasgow on June 21st and walked out on 12000 people without explanation. A thing that Axl Rose did for like hundreds of times in his time. What do you think about that kind of behavior in terms of being a professional artist? During your gig in Zagreb last year you had some problems with the lights during Telegraph Road, but you didn't bail out and go home. I guess those guys don't realise how much the concert means to fans, as well as the money spent. Yes, we all heard about that. It was right at the end of the show and there was a huge onstage monitor issue with which I guess EC took exception to. I understand he apologised to all concerned and did indeed return for the encore. We all lose the plot every now and then.
Double
Wolfgang
Northern Germany

23rd July 2014

It seems to be a long and intense endeavor to make this new album. Let's hope our reward will be another double album!!? mmmmm
Which park?
John Lowbridge
USA

23rd July 2014

Mr Fletcher, in which park did the shiver in the dark occur? I recall a similar experience In Greenwich park back in the sixties. There was a pub, the name eludes me, on a spit into the Thames, that featured the trad jazz that was just going completely out of style for the time. Sunday evenings the horns drew quite a crowd. Could it be ...? could indeed
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Dire Skates
Lee
South Wales

23rd July 2014

Hi Doc, Came across this T-shirt at a city dept store. It is just brilliant. A great name for another tribute band don't you think? lol. Yes, a proper name
shangri la tour
Russell Carstens
adelaide, south australia

23rd July 2014

Do you know if there are any live recordings of the shangri la tour for sale similar to the privateering recordings currently for sale? The quality of the privateering recording I bought is excellent but would love to find a shangri la as a reminder of the last adelaide concert mark played. Sorry, I doubt it
Good rhythm guitar?
Landryan
Crowthorne

23rd July 2014

Can you recommend a good electric guitar for rhythm work? Something with a good dynamic range that could be strummed or picked like an acoustic but is actually an electric? In case it's not obvious I like playing the rhythm for DS/MK stuff and used to play a Strat but I'm too in love with an acoustic sound these days! It's really down to what you like. All Fenders are good.
Ear monitors
Alan Ream
Ohio, USA

23rd July 2014

I'm sure you've answered this before but I've heard conflicting information. What do you hear through the ear monitors? Is it the entire band, your voice, or your instrument? We each hear an individual mix. ie. whatever we like.

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