Wednesday, 23 December 2015

EPICA - 'Requiem for the Indifferent' XDR Remaster 2015



2015 XDR Remaster by Eddy Lite for
hoerejong MultiMedia Design,
Hipper Than Hell Records & Filmworks




EPICA - Requiem for the Indifferent PROMO 2015


1 - Karma (prelude)  [index: 0:00]
2 - Monopoly on Truth  [index: 1:33]
3 - Storm the Sorrow  [index: 8:44]


Technical:
Source: Original 2012 EU CD

Dynamic Range Data Comparison:

Dynamic Range Sheet (Original CD 2012):
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 Analyzed folder: C:\Users\Eddy\Documents\Epica - 2012 - Requiem for the Indifferent (Limited Edition)
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 DR          Peak            RMS           Filename
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 DR8      -0.33 dB     -11.39 dB     01. Karma.wav
 DR8      -0.10 dB      -9.48 dB     02. Monopoly On Truth.wav
 DR7      -0.46 dB      -9.45 dB     03. Storm the Sorrow.wav
 DR7      -0.52 dB     -11.80 dB     04. Delirium.wav
 DR8      -0.46 dB      -9.34 dB     05. Internal Warfare.wav
 DR8      -0.52 dB     -10.65 dB     06. Requiem For The Indifferent.wav
 DR10    -4.44 dB     -21.33 dB     07. Anima.wav
 DR7      -0.49 dB      -8.79 dB     08. Guilty Demeanor.wav
 DR8      -0.48 dB      -9.71 dB     09. Deep Water Horizon.wav
 DR8      -0.45 dB      -9.09 dB     10. Stay The Course.wav
 DR8      -0.41 dB      -9.46 dB     11. Deter the Tyrant.wav
 DR8      -0.45 dB     -10.48 dB     12. Avalanche.wav
 DR8      -0.47 dB     -10.97 dB     13. Serenade Of Self-Destruction.wav
 DR9      -0.17 dB     -11.81 dB     14. Twin Flames (Soundtrack Version) [Bonus Track].wav
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 Number of files:    14
 Official DR value:  DR8

==============================================================================================


Dynamic Range Sheet (XDR Remaster 2015 - this version):
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 Analyzed folder: C:\Users\Eddy\Documents\Epica - 2012 - Requiem for the Indifferent (32bit XDR Remaster 2015)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 DR          Peak            RMS           Filename
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 DR9        -1.06 dB     -14.69 dB     01. Karma.wav
 DR10      -0.23 dB     -12.78 dB     02. Monopoly On Truth.wav
 DR10      -0.57 dB     -12.80 dB     03. Storm the Sorrow.wav
 DR10      -1.07 dB     -15.10 dB     04. Delirium.wav
 DR11      -1.05 dB     -12.64 dB     05. Internal Warfare.wav
 DR11      -1.37 dB     -13.95 dB     06. Requiem For The Indifferent.wav
 DR10      -7.74 dB     -24.64 dB     07. Anima.wav
 DR10      -0.53 dB     -12.09 dB     08. Guilty Demeanor.wav
 DR10      -1.10 dB     -13.01 dB     09. Deep Water Horizon.wav
 DR10      -1.40 dB     -12.40 dB     10. Stay The Course.wav
 DR10      -0.94 dB     -12.76 dB     11. Deter the Tyrant.wav
 DR10      -0.03 dB     -13.78 dB     12. Avalanche.wav
 DR11      -1.26 dB     -14.27 dB     13. Serenade Of Self-Destruction.wav
 DR10      -1.55 dB     -15.12 dB     14. Twin Flames (Soundtrack Version) [Bonus Track].wav
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 Number of files:    14
 Official DR value:  DR10

==============================================================================================

Personal notes on this Remaster by Eddy Lite:

I have been working on this remaster for about two years. On and off ofcourse. The problem was, this music is so complex and dynamic in nature that it sometimes drove me a bit mad to get it exactly the way I wanted it to sound. Epica is one of my favorite (Dutch) acts and I've been following them since they split-off from my much beloved After Forever. And yes, I bought all of these bands albums myself. In fact most of my music I buy as a regular customer. (;D)

Each album EPICA showed artistic growth & increasing intensity. In comparison to many other acts, it seems Epica goes against the grain by not going more mainstream with each new release, but rather going more, well, EPIC. Also, there's no other band that I know of that is writing this seriously and concerned about all that is going on in this modern age and typically our world, or to be more exact our species.

The biggest difference between this remaster and the original released CD from 2012 is NOT reflected in this Dynamic Range data above. That is because the short-term loudness pressure is not measured in a way that can be shown in the numbers. And that IS one of the most important aspects in this comparison.

This remaster is designed so to make you feel more INSIDE the soundscape. Though there are way more overly compressed albums produced, this album gave me the creeps too when I listened to it on soundlevels that are supposed to give you this experience of actually being there with the band in the studio, or on the stage. This is very exhausting to listen to when compressed to a pulp. Evenmoreso than say a popsong. Heavy Music needs to breathe to stand tall and Opera Metal should be even more dynamic because of it's, well, dynamical nature. I'll elaborate.

Ever been to an Opera? Ever attended a classical concert? Then you know what I am talking about right? There are HUGE differences between the LOUD parts and the whispers. The mastering engineers NEED to compress this all for media distribution, say mastering a CD. If not compressed there's too much dynamic range for all of us to enjoy. Because you might listen to your iPod and the next guy on a ghetto-blaster and some of us have BIG stereo's or entertainment centers. On average it's been established long ago that a decent dynamic range for popular music is about 12dBFS. Today MOST releases are closer to 5dBFS than that magical 12dBFS. (To give you an idea what 5dBFS is like in sound, clap your hands once and don't overdo it because that's over 5dBFS.)

These practices makes most people get a drowning feeling and makes them weary when listening to music for a longer period. Listening fatique is setting in sooner than should be too. I don't think anybody wants this. That's why I do these remasters. To let people hear what it is, what could be different and what kind of effect that has on the consumer's listening experience.

I do hope sincerely that we all are going to benefit from this (I am NOT alone in this, many are protesting the Brickwalling Tactics and show the other side of the coin) because it has been gone too far for too long already. We want our music back!

Eddy Lite
December 21st 2015


This ain't piracy, this is rebellion.
For promotional purposes only.
Don't steal, do share.

(c)2012 Nuclear Blast GmbH, EPICA, The Netherlands
(p)2015 Hipper Than Hell Records

http://www.epica.nl
http://www.epicawebshop.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/hipperthanhellrecs
https://soundcloud.com/hipperthanhellrecords
http://www.dynamicrange.de
http://www.turnmeup.org
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Friday, 18 December 2015

#HELLJAWEL ~ HIPPER THAN HELL HOLIDAY SEASON's GREETINGS

We're on Soundcloud as of today.

With opening this musical and magical digital portal we're saying...

Have a DeLiteful XMas period,
and have only The Best Wishes, as well as some Good Luck for 2016...

Give Peaks a Chance!
(;D)



Enjoy!

Eddy Lite (DR13)

Sharing the Love for music as Dynamic as Life itself since 1968...

(c) Hipper Than Hell Records & Filmworks, The Netherlands, december 18th 2015

https://soundcloud.com/hipperthanhellrecords/sets/midnight-moves-vol-1

Friday, 11 December 2015

Highway Chile - 'Rock Hard, Live Free & Die Young' 2015 PROMO #1

Promo #1:
Highway Chile – “Storybook Heroes” (1983)
2015 32bit FULL Dynamic Range Remaster PROMO ONLY

**From PLAY IT LOUD FOREVER;
published on October 19, 2009 from https://playitloudforever.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/highway-chile-storybook-heroes-1983/

**Highway Chile!  In 1983, three very distinct versions of Storybook Heroes were released.  However, almost every music-related website fails to CORRECTLY distinguish the three versions (even Rockdetector and Allmusic have it wrong).  So I have done a little research and I am ready to set the record straight once and for all, and give this kick-ass album a little justice…

The first label to release Storybook Heroes was Lark Records (INL 3651) in 1983.  This was a vinyl release.  Lark Records was a sub-label of the Belgian/Dutch company, Inelco.  The gallery section below shows the track listing that appeared on the back cover of the Lark release.  There were eight tracks in total.

"HIGHWAY CHILE IS COMING TO GET YA!"

Front Cover Art

2015 Remaster PROMO Video

Info Nuggets:

**    After the original release of Storybook Heroes by Lark Records (but prior to the 21 Records release), Lark released a 12″ EP called Fever (INL 3652).  The EP contained four tracks including the first appearance of the tune Fever.  This tune later wound up on the 21 Records and Mirus versions of Storybook Heroes.
    The Mirus version of Storybook Heroes was the only version to contain the track Handing You Over.  This track had previously been released on the Fever EP, and prior to that, as a B-side to the Endless Trail 7″ single (Lark catalog number: INS 1472).
    Referring to the Lark version, the introduction to the track Highway Chile consists of an M.C. introducing the band to a live audience.[^] However, if you listen closely to the actual performance of Highway Chile, you will notice that it does not seem to be a live cut, but a studio version.
    In the gallery section, I have included a promo insert/press release that was included with one of my Mirus promo pressings.  I assume this sheet was intended to promote the band and give some biographical info to radio disc jockeys, in the hopes of getting Highway Chile’s music on the air in the United States.
    Highway Chile was a Dutch band, however their lead singer Armand Vander Stigchel (despite having the most Dutch sounding name EVER!), did not sing with an accent.  He was born in Chicago.
    21 Records was founded by Freddy Haayen, the manager of another Dutch band, Golden Earring.  The label existed from ’82 to around ’88.
    The “epitaph” on the tombstone on the front cover says “Rock & roll is better than music”.

[^] The Disc jockey used for the intro is Dutch legendary 'Beton' Radio DJ Alfred LaGarde whom used the phrase "Rock & Roll is better than Music!" in his Dutch radio shows. Alfred (credited here as Al VanderGarde ('Big Al') produced this first 'Lark' version of the album and all the derived versions that came from it.  ~ R.I.P. Alfred, Nestor of Rock Music and ONE BIG inspirator for Eddy Lite personally in the 80s and 90s. ~ Hanneke Kappen (also a Dutch TV and Radio Jockey needs to be mentioned here as well. She has also been an inspiration but also helped Highway Chile get along the road and in the saddles. Highway was frequently show cased in Hanneke's programmes and this made the band big time, in the Benelux for starters.



 
Back Cover Art

Inner Sleeve


1983 Lark 'Fever' EP


More Info Nuggets by Eddy Lite:
The album was recorded at Soundpush Studios, the place where Golden Earring recorded frequently. Highway Chile's Road Manager at the time was Michel van de Moosdijk, later on worldfamous for his work on the Dynamo Open Air Festivals and Aardschok Magazine. (AARDSCHOK probably being the MOST incorrectly spelled Dutch word...)

In 1982 Guitarist and main songwriter Ben Blaauw won a Gibson Byrdland guitar provided by Ted Nugent nonetheless on a Radioshow. You've guessed it correctly, 'Big Al' Alfred LaGarde's Betonmolen show. I've participated in such events too and won a signed Lita Ford album shortly after Ben's bigger success... (;D)

After Armand vander Stigchel left Highway Chile in 1984 it was never going to be the same again. Though it seemed that with a new singer and a more mainstream USA inspired and produced album Highway was making it BIG in the States, the truth is that everything soon fell apart. I for one didn't like the new material very much and there was just no-one to replace Armand in a decent way. He was simply too good to be Dutch. (;D) For years me and my friends wondered; What the &^$# happened to our hero Armand vander Stighel?

A few years back we found Armand back, in the United States, living well and being a renowned gourmet BBQ chef!  After Highway called it quits in 1985 the main troops evolved into Helloïse. More heavy metal and less rock & roll than Highway Chile but the first album 'Cosmogony' from 1985 is a damn fine album. The sound of this album seems a bit outdated now (more-so than this album here) but the tracks (of which many were penned in the Highway Chile era) were solid as a rock and are still played live in the reunion 'hybrid' band that is still on the road today as Highway Chile. This version of the band has members of both Highway Chile as well as Helloïse with singer Stan Verbraak being the most obvious link. Stan is an excellent 'schooled' singer (with way more singing techniques and better range but still not able to replace Armand vander Stigchel, and it shouldn't be...) It's great to see both Helloïse and Highway Chile on the road and sometimes even releasing new music but, I despise the fact they seem to take whatever they can get to keep it going. It's too forced in my opinion and especially the Highway Chile version is 'dirty' in my book. Without Armand there is no Highway Chile. Had they been doing Highway Chile songs in a Helloïse set-list I would've been deLited but since 2002 (the reunion year for Highway Chile) I simply have let go of these guys.  
Eddy Lite december 2015






1982 Lark 7" Single 'Endless Trail' b/w 'Handing You Over'


Liner notes by Alfred LaGarde (credited as Al vanderGarde)


 



Label:
Lark ‎– INL 3651
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: Netherlands
Released: 1983
Genre: Rock
Style: Hard Rock, Heavy Metal

Tracklist
:
A1  Carol (Lady Of The Dark Room)
    Written-By – v.d. Stichel*, Blaauw*  03:53
A2  Jesse James
    Written-By – v.d. Stichel*, Blaauw*  04:07
A3  Headbangers
    Written-By – v.d. Stichel*, Blaauw*  04:25

A4  Endless Trail
    Written-By – v.d. Stichel*, Mens*  04:12
B1  Highway Chile ('live' version)
    Written-By – Mens*  04:13

B2  Going Blind
    Written-By – v.d. Stichel*, Blaauw*  03:58
B3  Run Run
    Written-By – v.d. Stichel*, Blaauw*  04:30
B4  Nothing You Can Do About It
    Written-By – v.d. Stichel*, Blaauw* 04:20

Companies, etc:
    Produced For – TRC Productions
    Distributed By – Inelco
    Phonographic Copyright (p) – Lark Records
    Copyright (c) – Lark Records
    Recorded At – Soundpush Studios
    Mixed At – Soundpush Studios
    Manufactured By – Inelco Nederland B.V.

Credits:
    Artwork – Rini Van Leeuwen
    Artwork [Highway Chile Logo] – Fred Icke
    Bass – Eric Finck
    Drums – Ernst Van Ee
    Engineer – Jan Schuurman
    Executive-Producer – Ed Wapper
    Guitar – Ben Blaauw, Peter 'Barney' Barnouw*
    Management – Ed Bos (2)
    Photography By – Koert Engelsman
    Producer, Sleeve Notes – Al Vandergarde*
    Vocals – Armand Vander Stighel

Notes:
TRC Productions.
Recorded and Mixed at Soundpush Studio One, Blaricum (NL)
Comes with an inner sleeve.
Tape to disc transfer by Kees Grijping at Dureco

Barcode and Other Identifiers:
    Rights Society: STEMRA
    Matrix / Runout (Side 1): PLAY LOUD k.g. INL3651 A 1C2
    Matrix / Runout (Side 2): PLAY ALSO LOUD k.g. INL3651 B 1C2

2015 High Definition FULL Dynamic Range transfer from the original Kees Grijping (Inelco) analog master to 32bit 192kHz digital on december 9th 2015 by Eddy Lite.
Mastered for the soon to be released tribute to the original Highway Chile "Rock Hard, Live Free & Die Young" compilation album.

Will be available in Lossless FLAC (redbook) | Apple Lossy AAC LC (512kb/s).


(c) 1983 Lark Records, The Netherlands/ Inelco Records & Tapes B.V.
(p) 2015 Hipper Than Hell Records & Filmworks.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Midnight Moves Compilatieteep 1 (20th Anniversary Edition) 2CD coming early 2016

Coming Soon... 

DJ Eddy Lite & DJ Mi Jah @ Midnight Moves, The Birthday Battle
recorded @00:00est on October 20th 1995 @ Noorderligt Tilburg, The Netherlands.

2CD 2015 High Definition FULL resolution Remaster 
Digital Download FLAC /Apple AAC | 2CD | Musicassette C90 Teep (Limited Edition)

Includes performances by The Gathering / Natacha Atlas / The Young Gods / David Bowie / Therapy? / Red Hot Chili Peppers / Porcupine Tree / Voïvod / Laika / Ozric Tentacles / The Chemical Brothers / Moloko / Ultraviolence / Coroner / Tekton Motor Coöperation 


Midnight Moves Compilatieteep Vol. 2 coming early 2016

Part 2 of the Noorderligt Afterparty with DJ Eddy Lite & DJ Mi Jah @1:30est on October 20th 1995 @ Noorderligt Tilburg, The Netherlands.

2CD 2015 High Definition FULL resolution Remaster 
Digital Download FLAC /Apple AAC | 2CD | Musicassette C90 Teep (Limited Edition)

Including performances by Heather Nova / Red Hot Chili Peppers / Cardiacs / Beastie Boys / Whale / Monster Magnet / FRONT 242 / KONG / Primus / Boss Hog / Coptic Rain / Lucky People Center / The Osmonds vs. Utah Saints / NIN / Tom Wilson / POL / Einstürzende Neubauten / Fear Factory / The Del-Monas

How awesome would this all be if we could get this on [2 X 2] 12 inches of #Vinyl?
In order to make this possible we need funds. Yes, the shows WILL be available somewhere this December for FREE as a digital download but CD's, Musicassettes and vinyl releases ofcourse will cost you a small fee for production costs/ shipping etc. You pay for services here and NOT for products.
preordering physical products available from December 10th 2015 (planned official release date december 26th 2015), you may do so by sending 5 euro  to our PayPal account* stating clearly your personal contact info. (Not publicly ofcourse ~ send an email to hipperthanhellrecords*gmail.com first before you paypal us. THX)

Donations always welcomed!
To do this all it sometimes takes a lot of money to keep it all running. If you consider donating we would be much grateful and determined to make your stay even more comfortable in the future!

THX!
Eddy Lite
Hipper Than Hell Records & Filmworks


*Hipper than Hell PayPal page

(c)2015 Hipper Than Hell Records & Filmworks ~ Mi Jah Productions Inc., a Partnership.
(p)1995 Bat Cave, Noorderligt Tilburg, The Netherlands

Liner notes: "Alleen voor Promotionele Doeleinden, Niet te Koop, Vaak en Hard afspelen.
Thanks for technical support and bootcamping: Noorderligt Tilburg, Bat Cave Tilburg, MuziekKantenwinkel Tilburg (013) Kees Bril, Elpee Den Bosch,
& U!"

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

PURSON - "In the Mean Time" 2015 XDR Remaster

2015 XDR Remaster by Eddy Lite for
hoerejong MultiMedia Design,
Hipper Than Hell Records



1 Death's Kiss  [2:41]
2 Dance Macabre  [4:00]
3 Wanted Man  [6:35]
4 I Will Be Good [5:30]


This particular release by one of my most favorite musical acts of last years was seriously 'damaged' soundwise. Though not as heavily squashed as the most notorious "Brickwall" releases that are quite common to find these days but this original master just didn't do the music justice.The first song sounds already much fucked up due to heavy clipping and some compression that it has the opposite effect of what the band wanted to capture in the studio. It should breathe and be gentle, it has become one hell of a stressy loungy and a rumbly friday night on the official CD. The reason for me to redo these. Hope you like these. You can now safely TURN ME UP!


Technical:
Source:
Original 2014 CD:

Dynamic Range Datasheet:
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 Analyzed folder: C:\Users\Eddy\Desktop\PURSON - 2014 - In The Mean Time EP\
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 DR       Peak         RMS        Filename
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 DR6   -0.10 dB   -7.41 dB  01. Death's Kiss.wav
 DR5   -0.10 dB   -5.74 dB  02. Danse Macabre.wav
 DR5   -0.10 dB   -6.57 dB  03. Wanted Man.wav
 DR5   -0.10 dB   -6.61 dB  04. I Will Be Good.wav
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 Number of files:    4
 Official DR value:  DR5

==============================================================================================


Dynamic Range Sheet (this version):
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Analyzed folder: C:\Users\Eddy\Documents\PURSON - 2014 - In the Meantime
(32bit Relife Remaster 2015)\
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 DR       Peak         RMS        Filename
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 DR8   -2.44 dB  -12.20 dB  01. Death's Kiss.wav
 DR7   -2.12 dB  -10.53 dB  02. Danse Macabre.wav
 DR7   -2.56 dB  -11.19 dB  03. Wanted Man.wav
 DR8   -1.55 dB  -11.34 dB  04. I Will Be Good.wav
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

 Number of files:    4
 Official DR value:  DR7

==============================================================================================



This ain't piracy, this is rebellion.
For promotional purposes only.
Don't steal, do share.

(c)2014 PURSON
(p)2015 Hipper Than Hell Records

www.purson.co.uk
eddylite.blogspot.com
www.dynamicrange.de
www.turnmeup.org

Monday, 30 November 2015

PURSON - "The Circle & The Blue Door" 2015 XDR Remaster

PURSON 2015 XDR Remaster by Eddy Lite for
hoerejong MultiMedia Design,
Hipper Than Hell Records, The Netherlands

1 The Contract
2 Spiderwood Farm
3 Well-oiled Machine







This ain't piracy, this is rebellion.
For promotional purposes only.
Don't steal, do share.

(c)2013 PURSON
(p)2015 Hipper Than Hell Records

www.purson.co.uk
eddylite.blogspot.com
www.youtube.com/user/HipperthanHellRecs
www.dynamicrange.de
www.turnmeup.org

Saturday, 28 November 2015

SAPHO AU BATACLAN - High Definition Audio, Vinyltransfer

SAPHO AU BATACLAN
1987 Original 1st issue
2015 Hipper Than Hell Records ((( FULL Dynamic ((( o ))) Range Master )))

SOURCE:
http://www.discogs.com/Sapho-Live-Au-...
(Original Pristine Native France 1st Pressing)

TRACKLIST:
1 Tam Tam
2 Méthylène
3 Thatcher Murderer

(c) 1987 Sapho/CellulOid/Anti-Gel France
(p) 2015 Hipper Than Hell Records, The Netherlands
All Rights Reversed


Companies, etc.
Concert Recorded At – Le Bataclan, France
Vinyltransfer 24 96 by Eddy_litE
@hoerejong MultiMedia Design
for Hipper Than Hell Records,
The Netherlands

Notes:
Gatefold Sleeve.
Recorded Live At "Bataclan" September 1986.


EQUIPMENT:
- DENON DP-45F (with fitted DENON DL-160)(wired by Van Den Hul Headshell Link / WBT connectors)
- Audio-Technica interconnects with WBT connectors -> amp in
- DENON Precision Audio Component MOSFET Amplifier PMA-915R
- Audio-Technica/Monster interconnects -> DELL T3400 workstation. (SSD drive used for perfect latency & accuracy)
- SONY Sound Forge -> 192kHz/32bit -> Click Repair 2.0.4. - settings below 12 -> minor cleaning up / touching up with iZotope RX
- MBit Dither & SoX SRC downsampling to 96kHz/24bit and 44,1kHz/16bit
- Authoring & packaging for iTunes AAC 512kbs and Full Dynamic Range / Full CD quality Resolution FLAC container.

NO ALTERATIONS WHATSOEVER.
No EQ.
No boosting dBs.
No artificial touching up.
Just the music...

For grabs near a downloading portal near YOU soon!
(;D)

(c) 1987 Sapho/CellulOid/Anti-Gel France
(p) 2015 Hipper Than Hell Records, The Netherlands
All Rights Reversed

Why it ends so abruptly you ask?
That's youtube for ya!
(:P)

Companies, etc.
Concert Recorded At – Le Bataclan, France
Vinyltransfer 24 96 by Eddy_litE
@hoerejong MultiMedia Design
for Hipper Than Hell Records,
The Netherlands

Notes:
Gatefold Sleeve.
Recorded Live At "Bataclan" September 1986.

Don't Steal, Do Share
Don't Steal, Do Share

Thursday, 26 November 2015

The Loudness War is ending - tremendous news about a growing awareness for more dynamic music releases

IF YOU SCREAM HARD, LOUD & LONG ENOUGH...
*ironically*  No-one will ever hear you in the end...

Dear Dynamic Music Friends, Audiophiles, Producers, and Audio Geeks,

Topics of todays newsletter: (reposted from last years seminars...)


1.) The Loudness War is ending - What will happen with DR?


2.) Most dynamic version makes the mastering pitch between 5 mastering studios - watch the video


3.) MASTERING ACADEMY teaches how to create distortion free and MFiT-ready masters


4.) Upcoming MASTERING ACADEMY seminars


*******************


1.) The Loudness War is ending

The global efforts to solve the problem of diminishing audio quality caused through the paradigm of Peak Normalization, which has driven the demand for hyper-compressed music releases, is going to create a shift in the world of audio and music through a growing implementation of Loudness Normalization.

The PLOUD expert group of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) and other bodies around the world have been able to exceed the implementation of Loudness Normalization upon the boarders of TV Broadcast into the world of music.

iTunes Radio is loudness normalized to minus 16.5 LUFS.
Spotify is loudness normalized to minus 16 LUFS.
Most of the major music distribution platforms apply loudness normalization to the pre-listening samples, which allows more dynamic masters to reveal their beauty opposed to distorted music releases which are played with a proper level reduction of sometimes up to 10dB.

This is just the beginning of a major shift in all areas where music and audio is distributed to listeners. From now on it is just a matter of time that also major record companies will recognize the benefit of the delivery of better sounding masters instead of hunting for the loudest master without a chance to win an already lost race? What will happen with Dynamic Range measurement? Is that important for the future?
Yes, it is!


Since the development of the TT Dynamic Range Meter many new measurement algorithms appeared on the metering landscape:

- LRA (Loudness Range according to BS 1771 and R128)
- PLR (Peak to Loudness Ratio)
- LUFS (Loudness Units)

Let´s have a quick glance on that!


LRA is designed to evaluate the foreground dynamic for broadband broadcasting content and is not able to replace DR because of the ignorance of the highest 5% of the dynamic area. This is actually the area where most of the music happens today. Therefore LRA is NOT able to give us meaningful information about the dynamic integrity and technical quality of music. PLR reflects the difference between peaks and average loudness (RMS) which can be meaningful if applied on the loud portions and parts of music.
In case of a piece of music with very dynamic parts and a super hyper-compressed chorus this measurement would lead to high measurement results which do NOT reflect the dynamic distortion of the chorus when measuring the whole song and is therefore not suitable for this purpose.
PLR reflects the momentary crest factor and that´s it.


The TT Dynamic Range Algorithm is actually based on PLR but reflects just the upper 20% of the dynamic spectrum which makes it suitable to reflect the dynamic integrity of musical content. DR is still the only available and broadly accepted algorithm to display the use and abuse of hyper-compression in a meaningful manner.

During the process of getting back to more dynamic releases DR is a helpful and the only available tool to distinguish hyper-compressed and distorted releases from more breathing releases.

Due to the new established world standard for loudness normalization (BS 1771 / R128 / A/85--> LU & LUFS measurement) DR is not any longer a proper standard for loudness normalization as it makes no sense to have multiple competing systems on the market.

Therefore we will develop the TT Dynamic Range algorithm into a direction that it even better will be able to give a meaningful information about the technical vitality of musical content.


Our aim is to develop a second generation which considers TPL (True Peak Level --> the portion of distortion caused through inter-sample peaks) and the truthfulness of High Res content. High Res content is a growing market segment and major companies are trying to fool customers through releasing faked up-sampled versions of actual Low Res releases. We are going to embed a verification algorithm into a new meter that will be able to reveal faked High Res releases.


The new algorithm will be called DRQ - for Dynamic Range Quality.
You are welcome to support the development though donations on our platform. 100% of your donation will be invested into the development of the new algorithm.
We have calculated a development budget of approx. USD 60,000 which will allow us to release an all platform compatible tool in three versions:
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2.) Most dynamic version makes the mastering pitch between 5 mastering studios
Pleasurize Music Foundation founder and Dynamic Range Meter inventor Friedemann Tischmeyer shows in this video, how a proper pitch process between multiple master version is applied professionally. It is revealing the drastic quality differences between various masters of the same song.
This video is very informative for all decision makers in the industry from artists to product managers but it is also very inspiring for mastering engineers too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPZV7l2SE5w

3.) MASTERING ACADEMY teaches how to create distortion free and MFiT-ready masters

In order to support the paradigm shift within the music industry towards more dynamic releases, Friedemann has founded the MASTERING ACADEMY.
The aim of the MASTERING ACADEMY is to provide the best possible and scalable learning environment to become a highly skilled mastering engineer.
The 5-day Master Seminar is supported by a 9 hour preparation program and accompanied by optional subsequent "Supervised Mastering Sessions" which allow the participants to get in-depth feedback on actual mastering jobs from mastering icons like Alan Silverman (53 Grammies), Friedemann and further first class senior mastering engineers of the network with a dedication towards superior audiophile masterings.


MASTERING ACADEMY is targeting mixing engineers, producers and upcoming as well as established mastering engineers to increase the skill set and even become a better mixing engineer through this intensive understanding of the mastering process.
The seminar empowers you to make the transition from loudness oriented mastering to distortion free mastering in a meaningful and competitive manner.
You will also learn how to master relatively loud and produce a much better sounding result which is already MFiT (Mastered for iTunes) compatible.
MASTERING ACADEMY allows graduated students an access to leading High Res distribution platforms.

MASTERING ACADEMY is providing a growing network of certified affiliate locations around the world.


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Within Temptation, Dynamic Range shoot out. What sounds more alive?

Hell-o dear readers, dear listeners.

Hate squashed (pop)music too?
What I mean with "squashed" music?
Music that sounds all the same from the moment you put it on, till the moment your ears are ringing or you lost interest.
It is usually not that the music is bad, nor that the band didn't record well that's the problem.
It's the music industry that makes THEIR music sounds the LOUDEST over anyone else's.
THAT is making all the music sound all the same these days.

Example:

 

WITHIN TEMPTATION - 2004 - The Silent Force Album
Official Dynamic Range Values:
http://dr.loudness-war.info/album/list?artist=Within%20Temptation

Sadly, the average of Within Tempation's music on CD has about 6dBFs Dynamic Range.
This means a very tiny margin between the average sound pressure and the explosions, orchestras, choirs, and what have you not that makes Within Temptation this spectacle to attend in concert, right?
Why can't their music on CD or radio sound like that you ask?
It can, but Sony BMG won't let Sharon and her men make that decision...

Hell, that's 2015 for you.
Sadly even moreso, you (as in artist or band) CAN sound BIGGER if you let your loyal fans and music buying audience decide how loud their music goes... Simply by mastering it sanely...

Example:



Published on Nov 25, 2015 by Eddy Lite  
WITHIN TEMPTATION Stand My Ground (2015 XDR Remix/Master by D.J. Eddy_litE for hoerejong MultiMediaDesign, The Netherlands)
(c) 2004 Within Temptation, Sony BMG, The Netherlands
(p) 2015 Hipper Than Hell Records

Although I consider these beautiful dudes & dudette friends I bet Sony BMG is NOT going to like this. And they're probably (partly) right. Although reworked, COPYRIGHTS still DO exist in these recordings. This is NOT piracy, this IS rebellion.
DON'T STEAL, DO SHARE.
By the fans for the fans...

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Bathsheba: Belgium's most gloomy & doomy ft. (ex-Serpentcult's Michelle Nocon)

Serpentcult's Michelle Nocon is back!

Awesome Doom from Belgium.

No prisoners, no concessions.

9/10 *

Eddy Lite


Monday, 23 November 2015

Music can save us...

HELL-O dear visitor, friend, fiend, foe or otherworldly species...

It's been awhile, and it's oddness.
The world seems on fire since the brutal attacks on the legendary venue Bataclan and the Paris citizens over a week ago now, and we're still a bit shaky over the whole mind boggling events that happened.
I for one (Eddy Lite that is) have few words to say about this.
It's shocked us all, it's very hard to openly talk about it, so I felt the need to say some words about the world which seems to be on fire these days, more than ever, but also knowing there's only one person that can say this better and more beautiful and hopeful than I ever could.

My words are pointed to the Dutch people in particular since that is my homeland and so this message will be in Dutch, pardon my choice to do so, it's not that I want to exclude people that don't speak any Dutch, but the only music I feel is saying something sensible right now is in my native language...

The song and words are by Dutch maestro of 'Kleinkunst' or 'Singer-songwriter' for decades now, Boudewijn de Groot, the music provided by Perquisite with the help of Cato van Dijck on lead-vocals (Now in the Army of Love of MY BABY) & Jenny Lane & Qeaux Qeaux Joans doing backing vocals...

DUTCH:
Luister dit prachtige nummer, en luister het vooral lekker hard. Lees de tekst goed mee als je deze nog niet van buiten kent en bedenk je dat muziek misschien wel het enige is wat ons allen dichter samen kan brengen, waar je ook vandaan komt, wat je kleurtje ook is of waar je nu wel of niet in gelooft...

Waar ik in geloof?
Dat we er samen wel uit komen, als we maar open staan voor elkaar, onze verschillen en overeenkomsten respecteren en besluiten dat, hoe turbulent en onzeker de toekomst ook mag lijken, er één ding is wat ons kan redden. Het rotsvaste geloof dat ieder er mag zijn. Dat respect voor elkaar hebben, hoe anders je buurman/vrouw/jongen/meisje ook mag lijken helemaal zo gek niet is. Je zou er zomaar wat van op kunnen steken en je wereldje kunnen oprekken, jawel, zelfs verrijken. Want ja, laten we wel wezen, met de social media is voor de meesten van ons de wereld gevoelsmatig enkel kleiner geworden. Of niet dan?
Bedenk je ook dan, dat dankbaar zijn voor wat we hebben helemaal geen geloofsaspect is, dat is gewoon de menselijke moraal...

Welteruste Nederland, slaap zacht wereld...
Peace, Eddy Lite






'De Tuin der Lusten'
(Boudewijn de Groot)

De tijden veranderen sneller dan ooit
Vandaag kan al gisteren wezen
Wat morgen gebeuren gaat weet niemand ooit
Misschien valt het ergste te vrezen

De koepel van bloemen, de bol van kristal
Ze kunnen de liefde bewaren
De lijst om de wereld is griezelig smal
Kom hier en vergeet de gevaren

Draag de bonte druiventros
Rijdend op fluwelen dieren
Waait de wind je haren los

Gezichten in bloemen, ze kijken je aan
Kom, kruip in een schelp met z'n tweeen
Er vliegen nog zwaluwen rond de vulkaan
En hoog om de roze moskeeen

Kom, spring in het water en duik in de zee
Verberg je in 't brons van de bomen
Een vogel brengt vruchten en wijn voor ons mee
Zolang we het lot nog ontkomen


Er vliegt in de hemel een vogel voorbij
Ga mee op zijn rug naar het zuiden
En wuif met een palmtak de wolken opzij
Zodat je de klokken hoort luiden

Nu plukken we samen nog bloemen in 't gras
En leven als goden in vrede
Maar ginder al strooien skeletten met as
En wonen in brandende steden


TIP!: Zie ook:
De documentaire 'Kom Nader' van Susanne Raes  gaat in première tijdens IDFA (18 t/m 29 november) en wordt op 25 december 2015 uitgezonden door de NTR op NPO2.

http://www.boudewijndegroot.nl/index.php/nieuws

(c)2010 BNN/VPRO Nederpop Show / Uitvoerenden: Cato van Dijck, Perquisite, Jenny Lane, Qeaux Qeaux Joans. / Tekst: Boudewijn de Groot / Inspiratie: Jeroen Bosch / Introductie: Frank Lammers / Camio: Elle Bandita
(p)2013 Remastered by Eddy_litE for Hipper than Hell Records