Lorenz Rychner is Editor of Recording Magazine. He invites your comments and opinions on the state of the music industry as seen through the eyes of the recording musician. Things have changed, and they keep changing. We all know that music will survive no matter what, but in what form? Who will be up, who will be down, and why?
December 12, 2012
When is a distributor not just a distributor? I witnessed the difference on a visit to Montreal just now, and the difference is impressive. For several decades Monsieur Daniel Jacques and his team have built up a company outside of Montreal that does more than just distribute products of notable high-end brands; as Mr. Jacques puts it, the “plus” in the name Audio Plus Services m...Read More
July 17, 2012
When it first appeared on the market, the name Rode, with its slash through the letter o (that our website can’t seem to produce…), made people think it stood for a Scandinavian company. Not so, of course, it could hardly be at a greater geographical distance from Scandinavia, being firmly rooted in Sydney, Australia. But there is a connection, and that particular piece of histo...Read More
June 23, 2012
If you haven't seen and heard him, do yourself a huge favor and check him out - in concert, on record, on youtube, on spotify, on his website (tommyemmanuel.com) - you'll be glad you did. And if you have seen and heard him, then you already know what I mean when I say - does it get any better than this?
An hour ago I left the venue where he played tonight, and I'm still in a...Read More
April 6, 2012
It's been another feast of a week in Boulder and in Denver, and not just the same-old same-old but quite a bit of 20th and 21st century music.
A week ago, on Friday, the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the region's fine community orchestras, played Debussy's Nocturnes, Bartok's Three Village Scenes (with the Lamont Women's Chorus), and Beethoven's Symphony No. 6.
Last S...Read More
April 5, 2012
On page 56 of the May issue we have engineer Mike Pappas describe for us how he miked the Colorado Symphony and Choir, for a recording session on behalf of the Colorado Tourism Board, with music written by Charles Denler. Those promotional videos are now up at
March 24, 2012
Just came home from a dance performance that had the benefit of creative input from Darwin Grosse, a name regular readers of Recording will recognize.
Katie Elliott and Jim LaVita are at the helm of 3rd Law Dance/Theater, consisting o...Read More
March 16, 2012
Last night I heard pianist Lynne Arriale, with Omer Avital on bass and Anthony Pinciotti on drums. I caught the second set at Dazzle. Met Thomas Cunniffe who runs the jazzhistoryonline.com website. He had sat through the first set and noted that Avital had brought an oud and played it on one tune. We didn’t get to hear it ...Read More
January 1, 2012
The welcome break since Xmas is almost behind us, we'll soon be back at it, and I wish everyone reading this a Happy New Year.
May it be a good one for musicians who need to find new avenues to make a living from the...Read More
October 20, 2011
We're in NYC for the AES convention, and what may prove to be the biggest new-product presentation of the show (remains to be seen...) happened tonight, the evening before the show even opens... Talk of stealing the thunder!
We travelled throughout the day and the three of us, coming from different directions on separate flights, just made it to the event with only minutes to spare. ...Read More
October 5, 2011
We all saw it coming, and still it takes a moment to sink in. As I sit here surrounded by four Apple computers, I realize what that brand has enabled us to do over the years, and how Jobs was the driving force—again—for the last decade and a half. In his second go-around he took Apple from the brink to an unlikely su...Read More
May 31, 2011
It's been a while since my last blog entry. A trip to Spain, Springtime in the Rockies (where the late snowfalls mean that hiking still means snowshoeing and where ski runs may remain open until 4th of July...), it all went by so quickly.
Today I received ne...Read More
March 8, 2011
Had the pleasure of catching up with frequent contributor Brian Tarquin who flew in from New York. He invited me over to the studio of a friend of his, former New Yorker Geoff Gray, at Geoff's Far and Away Studios (www.farnawaystudios.com) on the outskirts of Boulder.
February 22, 2011
Michael Schulze is no stranger to readers of Recording. He runs the recording program at DU (University of Denver) and has contributed articles to Recording over the years.
Two of his students have been recognized as winners of the Read More
February 18, 2011
Just came back from an evening of exciting guitar music at Denver's Swallow Hill. Two solo guitarists, playing acoustic with pick-ups through a P.A.. Fabulous virtuosity from both players. Peppino D'Agostino mixed his technical fireworks with Italian flavors includin...Read More
February 14, 2011
What an opening - that Aretha tribute! And Ms Franklin looked good in her video greeting - best wishes for continued recovery!
Thought Lady Gaga's big production number absolutely superb - nothing that followed all night could match it in my book. Other high...Read More
February 6, 2011
You've no doubt heard the phrase "If you can fake sincerity you've got it made in Hollywood".
It came to mind when I heard about the passing of composer Joh...Read More
January 27, 2011
Heard worrisome news about Roger Nichols (of Steely Dan fame et al) - posted the item on the home page and in the NEWS section, please check it out. Fingers crossed, and best wishes!
Studio designer John Storyk - no stra...Read More
January 17, 2011
Sunday, Sunday So good to me.
Sunday, Sunday It was all I hoped it would be.
January 15, 2011
Just a few quick memories of a long and busy day:
First thing in the morning, an absolutely electrifying band marched through the huge con...Read More
January 14, 2011
Friday started with our friends at Sonnox (Oxford Plugins, www.sonnoxplugins.com) who advised me that the long-awaited mastering solution for web audio is only weeks away from being released. Sonnox worked with the folks at Fraunhofer (German research institute largely responsible for formats like...Read More
January 13, 2011
As you can see..
Green Light for NAMM at the Anaheim Convention Center.
January 12, 2011
The NAMM show opens tomorrow, but earlier tonight I had the gustatory and sociable pleasure of attending a dinner party at the invitation of AVID. It was mercifully short on speeches and long on great food and conversation.
The message that was conveyed by AVID key personnel was received, loud and clear, as being one of opening up all systems to "enthusiasts" (AVID's preferred ...Read More
December 15, 2010
She truly has attained Diva status, and deservedly so. Dianne Reeves commands the stage, the room, and - at the cavernous Boettcher Hall in Denver - an audience of around 2600. In the palm of her hand, as they say. Since Denver is her home town, the applause had an extra few degrees of warmth.
Her quartet was comprised of long-time accompanist Peter Martin on piano, Reginald Vea...Read More
December 14, 2010
Can't wait to get to the Boettcher Hall where Dianne Reeves appears with her quartet and with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra (Marvin Hamlish guest-conducting).
Not only has she been a fave of ...Read More
December 10, 2010
Have you been listening to NPR lately? The afternoon show All Things Considered caught my ear yesterday with a segment called "Can you tell whether a song is a hit if it's not on the charts?"
It's a Johnny-come-lately story, of course, as many have point...Read More
December 10, 2010
This morning I posted an item in this website's NEWS section about a new app for the Apple iPad - a TASCAM Portastudio emulation - that brought on a serious case of nostalgia. Six hours later I'm still not over it.
I never had an actual Portastudio - not the desktop "console-like" model. I had the rack-mount model 234, and was it coo...Read More
November 6, 2010
Just saw an amazing demo in a hotel suite near the AES convention: A laptop (PC) running a DSD DAW natively, via a USB 2.0 interface, playing back through a 5.1 surround setup.
As you'll read in the official press release I'm reprinting in the NEWS section of our website, this ...Read More
November 6, 2010
Saturday is over - this is what it looked like upon entering the downstairs hall with the show floor.
November 5, 2010
Avid makes a big splash with the unveiling of Pro Tools 9, now open to all platforms, with or without an audio interface. Demonstrators Brian Carter, Gil Gowing and Sean Halley very ably made their points. At left, Gil at the board points out the new features.
November 3, 2010
...and the pre-show announcements keep coming. It looks like this will be a b-u-s-y show, get out the runners’ shoes and grease the roller skates. First some events that the AES is putting on, then some more exhibitor company announcements.
MASTER CLAS...Read More
November 2, 2010
The yearly AES convention is about to begin, this year taking place in San Francisco at the Moscone Center (as it does every other year).
In case you didn’t know - it is open to all comers (unlike NAMM in January in Anaheim).
September 24, 2010
Buddy Collette was one of my heroes. Not that I knew him well personally, but I have treasured memories of brief encounters over the years, an autographed CD, and many memories of his always impeccable playing and conducting. Even of late, as he was confined to a wheelchair, his gentle and inspiring presence still lit up a room and made musici...Read More
March 6, 2010
Now - are you ready for the BIG FINISH to our trip? And I mean B-I-G!
Our buses pull up at the Nr. 2 Hall of the International Exhibition Center, Torch Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone, Zhongshan. A group of musicia...Read More
March 5, 2010
We had the afternoon off. Gunnar Ollson and I decided to brave the town. We wanted to go off the beaten track, to do some shopping in a less than obvious and maybe even non-touristy spot. Easier said than done, of course, especially without a city map, without any knowledge of Cantonese, and with English speakers a ...Read More
March 4, 2010
Today is the payoff, the takeaway, the bottom line—today it’s all about Behringer. This will have to be in three parts!
Another superb breakfast, another bus ride, and here we are: Behringer City, location of Eurotec Electronics, the manufacturin...Read More
March 3, 2010
It’s a pleasantly warm afternoon for a bus tour, partly overcast, and the trip takes us through scenery that shows the recent explosion of industry and population growth. There are still a few rice paddies visible from the main roads we travel, but mostly the area is built up, with the kind of variety in architecture of th...Read More
March 2, 2010
Can’t say enough good things about the sparkling Eaton hotel—
with sweepin...Read More
March 1, 2010
Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. As I ride into Hong Kong from the new Chek Lap Kok airport, on bus A21, a doubledecker with generous luggage racks, I have ample time to appreciate the steepness of the rugged mountains along the waterfront. From my window seat on the plane from Sydney I had been watching the approach to the landing, an...Read More
January 18, 2010
Four days of meet & greet, show & tell, hurry up & wait. Foot massages, throat lozenges, and Ibuprofen are popular items. Constant ambient noise levels of 90 dB (as confirmed by an officer of the Noise Police), exceeded by frequent spikes of demos and announcements, make for long and t...Read More
January 3, 2010
On Dec. 31, 2009 I sent the following to a great many of our editorial contacts and friends in the industry:
"We're a few hours a...Read More
December 23, 2009
Took my camera to the Rocky Mountain Arsenal Wildlife Refuge here in Denver, on a recent very cold day, and when I came upon this scene, with hundreds of birds just sitting there, waiting for better days to come, the first thought that came to mind was "Jus...Read More
October 23, 2009
Every year we report on the AES Convention, and you could be forgiven for getting the impression that this is the one and only thing the AES is noteworthy for. Sure, it is the big tradeshow where equipment and product is trotted out, and where also numerous panel discussions and paper presentations take place, so it is a high-visibility affair.
If you have travel fever or need ...Read More
October 14, 2009
OK, I lied, I never blogged during the show... My colleague Mike Metlay had better luck with internet access - read his day-to-day blog (the wi-fi situation at the Javits Convention Center was a joke, and not a funny one...). I'm back home, digging out from under, and looking back over the photos ...Read More
October 9, 2009
Just got into the Javits, hoping to see a lot of you blog-surfers over the next few days. Check out the happenings at www.aes.org of course - unlike the NAMM show, this one is open to the public. Lots to see, and lots of panel discussions and White Papers etc. to sit in and learn from.
Come on by the booth of RECORDING - nr. 644 halfway down the 600 aisle. I'll be at the booth daily ...Read More
August 17, 2009
Having spent time out of reach of wi-fi and t-mobile, in the depths of Marin and Sonoma counties (California), I only learned today about the passing of the legendary Les Paul. What a man, what a life! Until very recently he popped up everywhere, meeting with crowds at all manner of industry events. I am one of the many lucky th...Read More
August 4, 2009
Rich Sanders passed away on Aug. 3, 2009, after reportedly having been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He enthusiastically lived and breathed audio, in recent years specializing in forensics, securing grants for the establishment of a National Center for Media Forensics, and organizing two AES International Conferences on Audio Forensics right here in Denver where he lived and work...Read More
June 14, 2009
An item I just read in the Guardian (www.guardian.co.uk/money/2009/jun/10/police-fraud-online-music) reminded me of a quote by composer Edward Elgar who probably didn’t have illegal digital music distribution in mind when he said “My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it...Read More
May 31, 2009
Just came back from a quick trip to the Twin Cities. I was invited to attend the inauguration of a remarkable venture called Ideawerks - the opening of a recording school in a public park, Powderhorn, where Ideawerks is housed in a community rec center. It’s a facility for after-school training of youngsters in music produ...Read More
May 12, 2009
Did you read the one about the Dublin uni student who got the better of the international media? After the recent death of famed movie composer Maurice Jarre (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, A Passage to India etc. etc.), young Shane Fitzgerald went on Wikipedia and posted a few sentences “supposedly” attributed to Jarre. Others on Wikipedia soon found out that this quote was...Read More
May 12, 2009
Do you like good news? See too much doom and gloom and not enough cool stuff wherever you look? Not around here—at RECORDING we like cool stuff and good news, especially this, from our longstanding friend and contributor Jon Bare (author of "Recording The Electric Guitar—It's All About Tone"—available in the Sh...Read More
April 27, 2009
HoHoHo it is CoCoCo – Colorado Composers’ Concert, a yearly affair that took place on April 25 at the Kenneth King Center Concert Hall on the Auraria Campus in Denver. The ever so competent group of Denver musicians that form The Playground (www.playgroundensemble.org) diligently performed 13 pieces that were ch...Read More
April 15, 2009
A what, you say? I know, it has nothing to do with recording, but I went anyway, and I heard a VRAS in action. WOW!
I have just come back from a most interesting AES outing earlier this evening. Leslie Gaston, Chair of the Colorado Section of the AES (www.aes.org/sections/colorado), invited members and interested parties to tour the recently completed Edith Kinney Gaylord Co...Read More
April 5, 2009
Don't know about your neck of the woods, but while the cool fall weather (sorry—make that autumn) in much of New Zealand heralded the coming winter, I'm back in Colorado where March and April mean wild fluctuations almost daily, making us change from shorts and tees to snowstorm gear in a hurry. Many of us remember very well how little this means when you live in Los Angeles&...Read More
March 18, 2009
In August of 2007 we brought you a session report of New-York based singer Kendra Shank's CD A Spirit Free, done by Marc Urselli, frequent contributor to Recording, at Lou Holtzman's Eastside Sound in Lower Manhattan.
A happy coincidence of travel schedules allowed us to visit with Kendra and hear her concert performance at the fabulous Seasons Hall in Yakima, WA, l...Read More
March 15, 2009
Recently we learned that subscriber Matthew Clayton, on staff at the School of Music at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand, had trouble holding on to his copy of Recording. While it pleases us to know that our magazine is popular enough to get swiped on arrival by others in the department, we commiserated with Matthew and promised to remedy the situation. <...Read More
February 4, 2009
Tyler Gilmore has won the 2009 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award (see the NEWS item elsewhere on this website). He has also won the even more prestigious commission by the ASCAP Jazz Commissioning Program for a new work as the composer selected in the Emerging Jazz Composer Category. On Feb. 20 in Chicago his piece will be premiered under the directorship...Read More
January 19, 2009
It's over for another year. Hoarse throats and sore feet notwithstanding, we took stock among our crew and found that we had not only seen everybody we had planned to see, but that many unforeseen but welcome encounters had made the trip even more worthwhile.
Good things happen when so many people congregate with basically the same idea—to renew old and to make new busine...Read More
January 18, 2009
This is where we are headed every morning, and the weather is at least as nice as it looks here!
In case you're wondering what NAMM stands for - this is a bit of a mystery these days. There was a time when it clearly stood for National Association of Music Merchants. But no more - NAMM ...Read More
January 17, 2009
You'll be reading about them again soon in RECORDING: Bunny Brunel who brought his new CD, and Chris Cox who came by with publicist Shelli Andranigian:
Whimsy rules down ...Read More
January 16, 2009
As I was headed for a press conference today at NAMM I turned a corner and my eyes confirmed what my ears had already been telling me: Dr. Lonnie Smith was at the Hammond organ, giving Billy Strayhorn's Chelsea Bridge his incomparable treatment.
I waited around, hoping the good Doctor would go down on hands and knees for his trademark funk-bass solo (by hand, but on the peda...Read More
January 15, 2009
While bopping all over the Southland in my rental car I've been giving my iPods a good workout, and DJ Random has been heavily favoring Aretha Franklin's Spanish Harlem. Listening to it for the umpteenth time today, somewhere between Studio City and San Diego, it occured to me that this, to me, is a perfect recording.
So let me ask you—what's yours?
January 12, 2009
Royce Hall at UCLA has fabulous acoustics, and last night, on Sunday 1-11, it was just as well, or the capacity audience would not have been able to hear the many nuances of Osvaldo Golijov's new orchestral work Azul. He writes what is basically tonal modern orchestral music, but he mixes colors and timbral gestures like a synthesist.
It was a big-deal ev...Read More
January 7, 2009
So now you can buy songs without limitations on how you use them, with no more DRM (Digital Rights Management: transfer songs to no more than five computers or burn no more than seven copies to CD). (As per http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1711)
For 30 cents per song you can upgrade all songs you’ve ever bought on iTunes, and the upgradeed songs, now at 256 kbps (up from the curre...Read More
January 4, 2009
...and that line still doesn't make sense, but that didn't stop a big crowd from singing along last night at Denver's Boettcher Concert Hall.
Drummer Pat Bautz, no stranger to the readers of Recording, was in town again, in his 16th year of gigging with Three Dog Night. He drives the band with his inspired drumming, while behind him on this gig the Colorado Symphony Orchestra was con...Read More
January 2, 2009
You've been hearing them, over and over, whether you liked it or not, and maybe you're as glad as I am that it's over for another year—no more Christmas songs.
Which do you think was broadcast on the radio the most over the last five years (not including 2008 yet)?
The winner is (scroll down, the suspense is killing you):
December 30, 2008
New Years Eve - La Noche Vieja - Sylvester - Saint-Sylvestre - La Festa di San Silvestro - with our friends the world over we’re ready to take the leap again, looking ahead to whatever 2009 may bring.
Many people to thank in looking back - readers, writers, fellow MMP-ers, artists and industry contacts of all stripes - you know who you are. Keep in touch, keep striving, a...Read More
December 29, 2008
Eartha Kitt and Freddie Hubbard, two GREATS, have left us. I heard them both, live, several times on several continents, in very different settings, and although there is nothing musically or careerwise to connect them as far as I know, it was obvious from watching them on these live gigs that they shared a seriously independent streak. True originals. Fond farewells.Read More
December 24, 2008
A dear friend gave me a book for Christmas that will brighten many a day for a long time to come: The Quotable Musician—from Bach to Tupac. By Sheila E. Anderson. Allworth Press.
Allow me to share two gems from it:
Decca Recording Company’s explanation why they didn’t sign the Beatles: “We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way ou...Read More
December 7, 2008
Lorenz Rychner here, giving you the heads-up about an upcoming TV Documentary that uses a lot of music provided by our frequent contributor Michael Nickolas: "Walk Wisconsin" at 5PM ET on Dec. 11, to be seen on the "Big Ten Network" (Direct TV or Cable).Read More
December 6, 2008
Hi, Lorenz Rychner here again. Do you like improvised music? I’m not talking about a rocker shredding a lead solo, or a jazzer taking choruses after the head, but about the entire genre of improvised music, as nurtured by the International Society for Improvised Music (http://isim.edsarath.com/). What a treat it was to hear some great players this weekend here in Denver!
December 5, 2008
Good to see that many of you have caught on to the new and easy way to submit! So much so that Marty had to upgrade the power supply for his mp3 player. (Click on the blue header.) If I hadn't taken this picture myself not long ago I wouldn't have believed it, either... Keep'em coming!Read More
November 7, 2008
Change, does the word even still have a real meaning in the real world, away from politicians and pundits? For us, and for you, the reader of Recording, it sure does - just look around www.recordingmag.com and see what has changed!
A lot of work has gone into our new site, and we are celebrating its launch ...Read More