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September 2020 in Music

September was a good month. Things did shake up a little bit when I discovered that the Tidal player has been applying DSP on their playback. I’m still using the service, but I’m actively considering moving from Tidal to Deezer. I am now extensively testing Deezer Hifi with my measly audio equipment. I plan to write about the whole process on my main blog soon.

For now, here’s a playlist of September’s best.

https://tidal.com/browse/playlist/4656900c-b095-4fff-8432-9f02b92866c2
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Music

Music for Headphones

After much deliberation, I’ve decided to share my own personal “headphone mix.” This is a playlist of songs that I have found sounds great on headphones. I’ve chosen songs––from the very few genres I listen to––that have a generally wide soundstage.

The list starts with The Beatles. (Of course.) Neil Young is in there, and Pearl Jam, The Who, David Bowie, Jeff Buckley and Big Thief, which is probably my favourite modern band.

The playlist is not done yet, it will grow as I discover more songs. For now, it looks like this:

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August 2020 in Music

My music taste doesn’t seem to have changed a lot in the past month. I’ve got The Beatles, Pearl Jam, R. E. M. and David Bowie in the list. Yet again.

What I’ve discovered is that there are many artists in this limited number of genres I listen to that I am yet to discover. Just yesterday I found a new supergroup, Them Crooker Vultures, who’ve put out just one record. The group consists of Dave Grohl, John Paul Jones and Josh Homme – what a lineup. I think this month’s most listened songs list will have a couple of tracks of theirs in it.

For now, enjoy this playlist of August’s best.

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Gear

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I’ve put about 100 hours of listening time into them and I can say that most mixes on iTunes sound pretty warm, louder even, while on Tidal they’re very neutral yet somehow more… intimate. May not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’ve grown to like it.

I’m not “adventurous” when it comes to music, I only listen to a very limited number of genres, so I’m not sure how they fare across a wider variety of music. But if you generally enjoy songs with a wide soundstage, you can’t go wrong with these.

I’m also yet to experiment with different DACs and amps. (Not quite ready to spend a lot of money on this yet.) That should be interesting to see. Right now I’m using a Creative Soundblaster G6, and it drives the headphones quite well.