Month: January 2009

Hot Mastered: I want evidence!

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The Loudness War has been going on for over a decade. That’s the term Wikipedia uses to describe the way in which rock albums are being mastered. To make a long story short, CDs have been getting louder and louder since the 1990s. The downside to hot mastering, that is, mastering an album loud, is that the dynamic range gets constricted, sometimes massively. This results in music that’s difficult and even stressful to listen to. […]

25 Random Things About Me

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The lovely Sara Beerbaum Wilson tagged me on the meme of 25 Random Things About Me. So here is my entry into this idea. But first, the Facebook-oriented boilerplate: Rules: Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you. If I tagged you, it’s because […]

Volume: It’s a subtle thing

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Volume is a subtle thing. Many people listen to music too loudly. Just imagine the guy in his Honda Civic with the bass cranked up to 11. Or the person who is listening to music so loudly on headphones that you can hear it. On the subway. So these remarks are prefaced by the notion that volume, while good, should not be extreme. Here’s the nut: if you want to really enjoy your music and […]

Music Mashups: Best of Bootie 2008 drops big

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DJs Adrian & the Mysterious D have been putting together end-of-the-year best-of compilations from their mashup club nights, which started in San Francisco in 2003. Their new 2008 compilation has just been released and is available for free download. You’ll also find links on that page to their 2007, 2006 and 2005 compilations. You might be asking: what is a mashup? It’s a mixing and melding of two or more songs by different artists to […]

Welcome to drstout.org

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Well, 2009 has kicked off, and it’s time to kick off this blog! As you may know, I’ve posted on DanielStout.com for many years. And now it is time to start something new. I hope you’ll join me along for the ride. Hopefully this site will be easier to find, and be a better overall home for the things I want to post online. Thanks for joining me on this inaugural posting.