Audio News for February 3, 2007

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Magnetic Tape Still Being Made – Two years ago we ran an item from the national press that the last company making magnetic recording tape had ceased production. Not exactly. Here’s the latest: That brand was Irish Tape, made by Quantegy, which used to be owned by Ampex Corporation, makers of the first U.S. tape recorders. Their Scotch Tape brand had been dropped earlier. A company named RMGI has been filling the need for analog open reel tape for users around the world. They also have stockpiles both in the U.S. and Holland.  ATR Magnetics – makers of the ATR professional decks – recently came up with a brand new tape formulation said to have lower noise floor and elevated operating level.  They supply the high output 1.5 mil tape on 10.5-inch reels in widths from 1/4-inch to 2 inches. Blank tapes for DAT, which is still used by many professionals and amateurs alike, have always been available. Among the manufacturers are Sony, Fuji, Maxell, TDK and HHB. Many computer users still back up their files to mag tape. Magnetic recording has not died out by any means.

Bands Rally for Digital Freedom
– More than 50 new bands – including rock, alternative, country, jazz and more – have joined a nationwide movement called The Digital Freedom Campaign in an effort to protect the rights of artists, consumers and innovators in the digital age. Thru the Internet and new digital technologies such as satellite radio and YouTube, individual arts and musical groups can now more easily find, cultivate and grow their fan base. They are no longer dependent on the big record companies for the promotion and distribution of their music. The musicians want to protect their ability to use the new technologies to reach their fans, and are concerned about growing government restrictions and costly lawsuits restricting the ability of consumers to use lawfully-acquired content on digital devices. For more information about the Digital Freedom campaign, Go Here.

Sonny Rollins and Steve Reich To Receive Polar Music Prize –  The Polar Music Prize was found in 1989 by the manager and publisher of ABBA, and awards an international music prize to individuals, groups or institutions in recognition of exceptional achievements in the creation and advancement of music. It breaks down musical boundaries by bringing together people from all the different worlds of music. Past honorees have included Paul McCartney, Dizzy Gillespie, Witold Lutoslawski, Quincy Jones, Mstislav Rostropovitch, Ray Charles, Ravi Shankar, Bob Dylan, Robert Moog, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Keith Jarrett, B.B. King, Gyorgy Legeti, Gilberto Gil and Led Zeppelin.

The American tenor saxist and composer Sonny Rollins is awarded the 2007 Prize. He is credited with having elevated the unaccompanied solo to the highest artistic level – characterized by a distinctive and powerful sound, irresistible swing, and an individual musical sense of humor.  American composer-musician Steve Reich is award the 2007 Prize for his unique ability to use repeats, canon technique and minimal variation of patterns to develop an entire universe of evocative music, endowed with immediate tonal beauty. Rollins and Reich will receive their prizes from King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden at a ceremony in Stockholm in May. Each winner will receive about $140,000.

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