Lossy compression : is based on discarding irrelevant information, such as data outside the range of our hearing or vision. These encoding systems or « codecs » are called destructive since once compressed, it is impossible to retrieve the original file. Deleted data is deleted for ever : therefore, a wave file (cd quality standard) […]
But…in truth…what is error ?(…) Is it an outcome sometimes subject to a spirit of nobility and implication ? It is much more than that : it favors revival, questioning, journeys, experiences. It is that which pushes us to surpass ourselves, it is a scratch which imprints pride of having lived
If we wanted to perform historically, we would begin by imitating early twentieth-century recordings of late nineteenth-century music and extrapolate back from there…. Even now, with the leading edge of the movement breaking into the mid-nineteenth century, these old recordings are not being utilised except on the antiquarian fringe. Why ? Because to our modern […]
Let’s talk about a situation that all musicians know too well : the unpaid concert. Don’t worry, the « unpaid » concert is never mentioned as such. No. Since its intrinsic truth is not ethically conceivable. But I’m really wondering why an artist, a musician, comes to accepting not to get payed to perform his art ? […]
Neil Young and Apple’s Steve Jobs discussed offering digital music downloads of « uncompromised studio quality ». Much of the press and user commentary was particularly enthusiastic about the prospect of uncompressed 24 bit 192kHz downloads. There are a few real problems with the audio quality and « experience » of digitally distributed music today. 24/192 solves none of […]
This article is my response to the frequent question from the music lovers and violin-makers regarding the story behind the fascinating story of violoncello da spalla. It describes how I reconstructed the violoncello da spalla and demonstrates the essential steps which would be needed in any similar endeavour.
A concept which could err through excess of engagement, in fact (…) What can I be ? What can we be ? What can I change ? What can we change ? The work of art has the potential of a catalyst, of movement, of direction, which finds its echo in man, this animal of […]
I worked as a music teacher in the West Bank for 6 months in 2011, living in Ramallah and teaching violin and viola to children in a number of locations throughout the Palestinian Territories. The recollection of those months evokes in me a tangled emotion, as that tragic and breathtaking, ancient, tortured land was more […]