EDITORIALS

Q&A with Mark Doyle: From The Dark Side of The Moon

We recently connected with Mark Doyle, guitarist and co-producer of Mary Fahl’s From The Dark Side of The Moon, to find out more about the creation of this iconic album…

New in 5.1: From The Dark Side Of The Moon

Mary Fahl is probably best known for her work as the lead singer of ‘90s folk-rock band, The October Project, but her musical passions and abilities stretch far beyond this…

COVID-19’s Impact on the Music Industry

The coronavirus has stopped the world in its tracks in so many ways. At first, things like music seem inconsequential, and rightfully so as people battle against the illness and deal with massive uncertainty…

DTS:X – Another Exciting Audio Advancement

DTS:X is a relatively new and exciting audio advancement, but it dates back a few years. In fact, it was introduced in 2015, and like most audio advancements in recent years…

Auro-3D: The 3D Audio Technology Explained

Immersive audio technologies are undeniably on the rise, and systems like Dolby Atmos have gained a huge amount of traction and popularity in recent years…

The Rise of Dolby Atmos for Music

When you hear the term “Dolby Atmos” you probably think of the cinema. Perhaps a pre-showing advert for the latest in sound technology, giving you an immersive experience while you watch the latest blockbuster…

AXPONA 2020: Sneak peek of the Audio Expo North America

AXPONA is fast approaching. North America’s biggest high-end audio show takes place April 17 – 19, 2020. So what does the expo have in store?…

Ujamaa & The Iceberg – Henning Sommero, Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Morten Lindberg

Ujamaa & The Iceberg was a 2018 release from Morten Lindberg’s Norwegian label 2L, and yet another of his pieces to receive a lot of buzz in the industry…

In Retrospect: Symbol by Engine EarZ Experiment

Engine EarZ Experiment is the brainchild of Prash Mistry, producing a fascinating, eclectic album in Symbol that stands out in the history of the Immersive Audio category…

A Singing Delight: Daniel Shores and the Skylark Vocal Ensemble

Skylark Vocal Ensemble are starting to get some serious recognition. Historically, a lot of American choral bands and performers tend to get overlooked on the global playing field…

Listening to Folketoner – Det Norske Jentekor & Anne Karin Sundal-Ask, Morten Lindberg

Folketoner was Morten Lindberg’s 26th Grammy nomination, paired with his 25th in the Best Immersive Audio Album category at the 2019 Grammys…

Immersive Album Review: The Band (50th Anniversary) Limited Edition Box Set

Originally released on September 22, 1969, The Band’s sophomore effort, commonly known as The Brown Album, soon became the bar against which all subsequent folk/country-rock…

An Aural Delight: Jan Kraybill’s The Orchestral Organ

Once in a while, a nominee for Best Immersive Audio Album can almost come out of nowhere. This is the case with Jan Kraybill, who is undoubtedly a musician with hard-earned credentials…

The Immersive Sound of Symphonic Dances by Gisle Kverndokk

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra were challenged in 2013 by the Norwegian Ministry of Culture, to celebrate cultural diversity in their music. Symphonic Dances was one of the many results of this project…

LUX: The Grammy-nominated Immersive Audio Album produced by Morten Lindberg

Morten Lindberg is something of a legendary figure in the Grammy Awards. He has 28 nominations without a win, and has been nominated in at least one category every year since 2008…

A Good Think: Review of A Bad Think’s Grammy-nominated The Savior

Recently I had the opportunity to listen to a rather transcendent piece of progressive rock music. Entitled The Savior, it is an eclectic collection of 18 songs composed and performed by A Bad Think’s creator…

Immersion into the Yacht Sound: Chain Tripping produced by Luke Argilla, Jurgen Scharpf

To hear a snippet of a Yacht song, you might feel like harmless, breezy LA synth-rock was the name of the game. Simple, catchy and effective…

Grammy Nominations for Best Immersive Audio Album Announced

As the 62nd Grammy Awards ceremony approaches, the nominees for all categories have been announced. Like the Academy Awards for film, the Grammy nominations are a standalone event…

Road to The Grammys: How Voting Works

The Grammys are still considered one of the most prestigious awards in the arts. For music, there’s nothing better than winning a Grammy, but how does the process work?…

Downloadable 5.1 Mastered Surround Sound Music Now Available

Surround sound music is now available for download on our platform. Dedicated to the appreciation of surround sound and immersive audio formats, we want to provide downloadable music to fans interested in trying new music in the formats they desire…

A Bad Think Is Entirely Good with Its Latest Surround Sound Album

Michael Marquart is one of those musicians who has carved out an incredibly rich and productive career, almost out of nowhere. From working briefly with A Flock of Seagulls in the ‘80s as a drummer…

Pink Floyd: What Better Band to Experiment with 5.1?

If any band’s fans fit the profile of audiophiles, it is the passionate following of Pink Floyd. The desire for richer, more detailed mixes of the songs the English rockers wrote 40 years ago is still prevalent…

The Future Is Here for Futurama

Cracked Rear View was one of the bestselling albums of the 1990s. In the space of this album’s release, Hootie and the Blowfish were catapulted from obscurity to virtual household names…

Hearing New Heights: Hootie and the Blowfish

Cracked Rear View was one of the bestselling albums of the 1990s. In the space of this album’s release, Hootie and the Blowfish were catapulted from obscurity to virtual household names…

The Secret Everyone Is Talking About

Alan Parsons is fully deserving of all of his acclaim as musical royalty. The British musical maestro and legend of progressive rock has never been afraid to plow his own furrow through…

An Introduction to 3D Sound: What is Immersive Audio?

The world of technology moves so incredibly fast that it can sometimes be hard to keep up. Audio is a huge part of that, and as the music industry has grown immensely alongside technology over the past decade

The Immersive Masterpiece of Genius Loves Company

In 2005, the first-ever Grammy Award for Best Immersive Audio Album was awarded to Genius Loves Company, kicking off the era of this award not only with a truly incredible and fitting artist….

Brothers in Arms: An Immersive Audio Production

There’s just something about British bands and seminal rock albums, and in the 1980s, it was Dire Straits who created the anthems that still get played daily over 30 years on…

Mixing Morph the Cat for Surround Sound Excellence

Donald Fagen is best known for his decades of work with the iconic rock band, Steely Dan. The “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” member has carved a varied, interesting, and frankly meandering career since the band split in 1981…

The Beatles: Love Them All Over Again

The Best Immersive Audio category of the Grammys is certainly exciting, and can throw up a few surprises or reward hidden gems of albums. In 2008, however, there was absolutely nothing hidden about the winners…

Bringing Modern-Day Sound to Mussorgsky

Michael Bishop is a Recording Engineer with an unbelievable track record of producing exceptional results with classical music. He won the Grammy for Best Immersive Audio Album with his 2009 tribute album to Mussorgsky…

All Hail Transmigration: An Immersive Audio Experience That Transcends Music

Transmigration is a recording which could be described as something of a hidden gem. Even since bagging the Grammy for Best Immersive Audio in 2010, the work has not gone on to sell the numbers you might expect,…

Classical Meets Modern in Britten’s Orchestra

Benjamin Britten is one of the most celebrated composers of the last century. His work, colorful and varied in nature, has been tackled by orchestras all over the world, but when Keith O. Johnson…

Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs in Immersive Audio

Rarely has an album come about in such an unusual way. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs was Eric Clapton’s departure from supergroups to a band with whom he felt he could take a more free-and-easy approach to song-writing….

Modern Cool Lives up to Its Name

When Modern Cool was first released in 1998, it is fair to say that it put Patricia Barber on the map. A stint at The Jazz Standard in New York saw her music reach…

Letting in Live Kisses: The Audio Experience

Paul McCartney has never been afraid of pushing boundaries. While it would be easy for a household name, with adoration around the globe, to retire to occasional concerts and the comfort of his back catalogue, McCartney wants to experiment…

Surrounded By Beyoncé: An Immersive Album Experience

When the 2015 Grammy for Best Immersive Audio Album was awarded to Beyoncé for her self-titled album, there were certainly some eyebrows raised…

Amused To Death Remastered in 5.1 Surround Sound

In 2016, James Guthrie and Joel Plante were awarded the Grammy for Best Immersive Audio album for their remastering and immersive rethinking of…

Surrounded by a Symphony: Dutilleux: Sur le même accord; Les citations; Mystère de l’instant & Timbres, espace, mouvement

Alexander and Dmitriy Lipay’s 2017 Grammy win was a victory not only for immersive audio and excellent engineering of sound, but…

Jazz in 5.1: The Accomplishment of Early Americans

Jane Ira Bloom is not exactly a household name unless the household in question happens to have a passion for avant-garde jazz. In the world…

Bringing the Past into the Future: Alan Parsons, 2019 Grammy for Best Immersive Audio Album

Many were surprised to see Eye in the Sky awarded a Grammy win for Immersive Audio Album, but to listen to this 35th-anniversary edition, you…