Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Welcome to the world music village!

This is a place for me to share my transfers of analog world music (LPs and cassettes).

However, I will also be sharing transfers of analog "world music" which I have been collecting from various parts of the web. As always, I will share the music in the highest resolution available and also share lower resolution and mp3 versions for people who are into that sort of thing. 

When an original transfer from my collection is presented, I will document the equipment used and what I did to the transfer. When a publicly-available transfer is used, not much time will be devoted to documenting the actual, received condition of the original signal -- I will just do whatever is necessary to make the transfers sound as good as I can. This might include "declicking" software, EQ, noise reduction, channel re-balancing, and so forth. 

There will also sometimes be instances when I share a compact disc of musical material which is very difficult or impossible to obtain through commercial channels. With the ubiquity of music streaming services, some music labels are allowing all legacy releases of all physical media to fall out of print, jeopardizing the music's future availability.

There is always the question of what constitutes world music. As I define it, world music represents both popular and indigenous traditional music from anywhere on Earth, including English-speaking countries. 

Please note -- the only reason for the existence of this blog is to assist in the study of music as well to assist in cultural preservation. If we do not actively preserve our culture, we will lose it.

There is not now, there has never been, and there never will be any commercial aspect of this blog, including advertisements, sponsored links, or acceptance of donations.

Thank you for visiting this blog. Please enjoy and study the music!