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Blue Coast Collection 3

Why doees my vinyl sound so much better than the PCM 192 files of the same music?

There isn't a simple answer.  Mastering is only the 3rd of 6 stages of degradation that audio has to deal with... the final stage being the home listening system.  Let's start at your listening systems..the 6th Stage.

Story of Ghosts -- Fiona Joy Hawkins
For Immediate Press Release: Fiona Joy Hawkins and Cookie Marenco Re-Team to Share a High-Fidelity STORY 

True to the haunting title of her extraordinary new solo piano album Story of Ghosts, Fiona Joy Hawkins had a harrowing year in 2017 – and makes no attempts to sugarcoat the emotional upheaval. She bares it all over the course of these mostly grey-toned melancholy and vulnerable pieces, expressed in raw bursts of dark beauty that draw on her classical background and impressionistic modern yet melodic compositions. The album was produced by Cookie Marenco, who is releasing Story of Ghosts in SACD and CD format today on her label, Blue Coast Records. 
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It's been more than 5 years since Blue Coast Collection 2 debuted.  Blue Coast Collection 1 launched in 2007.  Blue Coast Collection 3 is destined to be another smash for Blue Coast Records.

Story of Ghosts -- Fiona Joy Hawkins

Fiona Joy Hawkins -- her name resonates in the acoustic music circles as one of this generation's top contemporary solo piano artists.  Having won many awards for her two previous albums, Fiona's new album, Story of Ghosts, is destined to do the same.

Slow Wifi

Paul Wilson writes has an interesting review of his streaming vs other playback devices for high end audio.

Eamonn Flynn

Eamonn Flynn was born into a musical family in Dublin, Ireland. His soulful mastery on piano, keys, and organ landed him on the 12 million selling movie soundtrack for "The Commitments." He’s recorded & toured worldwide with many major artists including Michael Franti & Spearhead, Elvin Bishop, Coco Montoya, Michelle Shocked, Evelyn "Champagne" King and a ten year stint with New Orleans drumming legend Zigaboo Modeliste. Eamonn's solo album "The Irish Channel" reflects a unique blend of Irish & American influences, expressing music that is rich, heart-warming and rousing...a fusion that Eamonn himself calls "Irish Soul".

During April Blue Coast Music and DSD-Guide conducted a joint survey using their readers (now numbering 32,000) to find out what and how they were listening to music.

Jenner Fox

Jenner Fox and friends were recently recording at Blue Coast Studios for their just released album, Buffalo.

Here's a sneak peek at what it's like to be in the studio with Jenner.  A brilliant combination of mixed performances and actual performance captured of rehearsals from the video camera perspective.  In one minute, you'll hear the music transform from mixed to live to mixed all locked to video captured of the musicians, engineers and others during the session.

There's been an interesting trend in music the last few years.  While hip hop and pop music still dominate the charts, artists are creating sonic calming music that can last as long as 8 hours.  It's not meant to be exciting.  It's meant to relax and sometimes put you to sleep.  Millions of people are tuning in to it.

If you'd like to voice your opinion go to Blue Coast Music's blog post.  With enough interest, you could be finding your next ambient recording in DSD!

Commentary by Cookie Marenco on Daily Dose of DSD.  Comment on how you listen.  

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