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          Chalkhills Digest, Volume 19, Number 5

                   Friday, 26 July 2013


   Who wrote the book of ... compressed digital music?
            miniature sun -looosely inspired!
                      Dave spotting
                     XTC on his list
                  Todd on AP - again...
                 Richard Thompson on XTC


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Date: Tue, 21 May 2013 10:59:31 -0700 (PDT)
From: Ryan Anthony <>
Subject: Who wrote the book of ... compressed digital music?
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Many if not most of us, I reckon, listen to our music nowadays in
compressed digital file form through little computer-size speakers, or
even earbuds.

Many if not most of us still have a turntable or two, and a pair or
two of loudspeakers the size of a human torso, all of them in working
order but no longer used, collecting dust on a high shelf.

No, let me stop myself here. I just wrote my longest-ever Chalkhills
post and I'm not going to top that by penning an introduction to a
book that might already exist. If it does, you people would know and I
hope you direct me to it.

The title might be something like "Ear Rot," "Ear Candy," or "Aural
Fast Food," and it would be a collection of essays concerning
compressed digital music files, the tiny speakers through which we
listen, and the loss of fidelity and atmosphere we have accepted in
exchange for the glorious convenience, affordability, and portability
we all now take for granted.

Is there room for compromise? Can I keep my digital convenience but
enhance my current listening experience? Can the MP3 deliver the goods
as well as the vinyl groove used to, at least to the competent but
untrained ear like mine? If so, how many kilobytes per second must
flow through the pipe to do the job? In the past decade, the industry
standard has risen from 128 to 192 to 256. Is that adequate, or should
"lossless" be our byword?

In 2003, when I began ripping and downloading music, I decided to set
a standard of 192kbps for my library. In 2008, I upped that to
256. The core of my library, the music I imported first, including XTC
and The Beatles, is all at 192. Would an upgrade be worth it?

If you -- any of you, but especially those of you who are recording
artists whose names appear on the *King For A Day* compilation -- were
invited to contribute an essay to the book I'm imagining, what might
it look like? Are you fully at peace with compressed digital music?
Are you fully at war? Are you somewhere uncomfortably in-between?

Ryan Anthony
An independent Internet content provider
Tucson AZ


Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2013 17:15:07 -0700 (PDT)
From: LeA <>
Subject: miniature sun -looosely inspired!
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More ilustrations: now, "Miniature Sun"




Date: Wed, 29 May 2013 13:45:06 +0100
From: "Philip J. Lawes" <>
Subject: Dave spotting
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A sighting via David (The Word, Smash Hits) Hepworth's blog and The
Duckworth Lewis Method.

Not sure whether DG will be appearing at the Lords Cricket Ground gig


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Date: Wed, 15 May 2013 18:40:51 +0000
From: Michael Stone <>
Subject: XTC on his list
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Hi folks.
Michael League is the leader/writer/producer forthe amazing up and coming
funk-jazz band Snarky Puppy.I saw them in Detroit a couple of nights ago and
theirshow was amazing x infinity.
Anyway, in this interview he lists his five most influentialalbums, which
Beatles - Abbey RoadXTC - Apple VenusRadiohead - OK ComputerStevie Wonder -
Songs in the Key of LifeLed Zeppelin - Houses of the Holy
Starting around the 19 minute mark.


Date: Thu, 2 May 2013 08:10:53 +0800
From: Neil Sheppard <>
Subject: Todd on AP - again...
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Date: Fri, 26 Jul 2013 10:10:43 +0200
From: Jan Bletz <>
Subject: Richard Thompson on XTC
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In his latest Q&A, Richard Thompson comments on XTC:

"I'm very fond of XTC. Andy Partridge is hugely underrated, a real
original thinker. It's a shame that he had to stop performing, because
there's no career left in just making records. If you're not out there
on stage, you become invisible."



*Jan Bletz*
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