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May 20, 2020

On this Patreon-funded bonus episode, Kirk is joined by Dallas Taylor, sound designer and host of the fabulous sound-focused podcast Twenty Thousand Hertz.

The two of them talk about what makes a great recording, the ineffable energy of live music, the history of the Roland TR-808 drum machine, album mastering and the "Loudness Wars" of the 1980s and 90s, how music can take you back to certain times in your life, and the merits of listening to albums on vinyl. They also nerd out pretty hard about Hamilton.

FEATURED & DISCUSSED:

  • Episodes of Twenty Thousand Hertz on the Roland TR-808, Mastering and "The Loudness Wars," and the audio design of Hamilton
  • “Sinnerman” by Nina Simone from Pastel Blues, 1965
  • Whitney Houston's legendary performance of  “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the 1991 Super Bowl
  • “Brand New Funk” by DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince from He’s The DJ, I’m The Rapper, 1988
  • “Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish from When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, 2019
  • The 2008 Universal studio fire that destroyed countless master recordings from countless major artists
  • “Black Sabbath” by Black Sabbath from Black Sabbath, 1970
  • Various songs by Lin Manuel-Miranda from Hamilton, 2015
  • “Such Great Heights” by The Postal Service from Give Up, 2003
  • “Everything in its Right Place” by Radiohead from Kid A, 2000
  • “Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)” by The Mars Volta from Deloused in the Comatorium, 2003
  • “So What” by Miles Davis from Kind of Blue, 1959

LISTEN TO TWENTY THOUSAND HERTZ:

It really is a great podcast, and if you like Strong Songs you will almost certainly like it, too. You can find the show on all podcast platforms and on its website, https://www.20k.org/.

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THANK YOU, STRONG SONGS PATRONS!

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