Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Jimmie Vaughan set w/ Storm track I recorded

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021


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Celebrate Ramblin’ Jack Elliott’s 90th birthday!

Sunday, August 1st, 2021

I don’t think I’ve spoken to Ramblin’ Jack Elliott (The Last Folksinger) since I met him in 1966 in Columbia, MO. But, it is hard to imagine how different my life would be if not for the encouragement he gave to Caroline seven years later. (more…)

[koko] LP digitizing milestone approaching

Tuesday, May 18th, 2021

In my primary collection, I’ve accumulated roughly 800 LPs over the years. Some are junk, some are treasures, a few have never been unsealed, a few are in terrible condition, but mostly these are LPs that I want to hear and preserve. I’d been gradually digitizing them so I could listen to them in the car and on my phone, and so I’d have archival versions if the LPs were lost.

A few years ago, I got a new Audio-Technica turntable to displace my finicky decades-old Thorens (which is now configured for 78s). I did that, in part, to accelerate progress digitizing the LPs and now have maybe 20[1] left before I’ve finished with the primary collection. Now seems the right time to summarize the tools I use and techniques I’ve developed. Both this post and the video are intended to be self-contained, but each probably offers details missing from the other.


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remembering Denny Freeman

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

“It’s gettin’ dark, too dark for me to see”
“Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” – Bob Dylan (1973)

tl;dr an attempt at a tribute to Denny, my memories from 1969-73

Denny Freeman’s legacy is being thoroughly covered after we lost him Sunday:


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koko: “reel audio”

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

“Genghis Khan and his brother Don
Could not keep on keepin’ on”
(1971) “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” – Bob Dylan

wollensakFor many years, starting in high school, one of my ambitions was to make good recordings of live music. Until I could afford and justify the cost of good machines, I progressed through a series of mediocre, but less expensive reel to reel recorders, starting with a Wollensak similar to the photo at left. (more…)