Sunday, April 22, 2018

Steve Gunn at Acme Records and Music Emporium in Milwaukee on April 21, 2018 (Record Store Day)

As the chaos and unbridled consumption of yet another Record Store Day descended upon the land, there was an oasis of sonic beauty taking place on the small stage at Acme Records, located in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee. 

A packed room of shoppers -- most too intrigued by the sounds from the stage to continue casually flipping through the bins, slowly began to make their way across the room to check out the guitar playing and songwriting of Steve Gunn. There wasn't much room to move closer, but those who could did and they were rewarded with a relaxed set from a master of the fretboard.

If you haven't had a chance to hear much live Steve Gunn, definitely check out the blog -- there are plenty of excellent shows there.

1  Night Wander
2  Water Wheel
3  Way Out Weather
4  Park Bench Smile
5  Ancient Jules
6  Mr Franklin

Please support this fine artist and decent person by going to his shows, buying multiple copies of his merchandise (your friends need the music), and talking to him like he is a real human being after shows. If you can.

Video of this set was recorded by Richard Hayes with an iPhone 8plus using a Shure MV88 microphone (that is inserted into the lightning port and overrides the built-in microphone) and Motiv Video software at 1080 resolution and 16bit, 44.1kHz WAV audio. 

Audio was captured from the mixer using an aging but still trusty Edirol R-09HR at 24 bit, 96kHz resolution. It was edited in Audacity with minimal EQ and elimination of a few silences as Mr Gunn tuned his guitar between songs. Thanks to Michael Slaboch for his excellent live sound mix in a difficult situation!

I down-converted the WAV to 'Redbook CD' specifications in Audacity and also used xAct to create ALAC (lossless) and mp3 (lossy) versions.

A guide to download formats:
WAV = files which are able to be burned as a CD without any conversion steps. This is the largest size of file on offer here.
ALAC = stands for Apple Lossless Audio Codec, which is a method of making a lossless copy of an audio file with about 60% of the space required with a WAV file. You can natively play these files on any Apple device and enjoy the same resolution and sound quality as a WAV file (it just takes up half as much space on your hard drive or device).
mp3 - this is a lossy compression codec which utilizes psycho-acoustic "tricks" to drop certain audio information which is not noticeable under normal hearing situations. I am not a huge fan of mp3 but still find it useful because a high quality mp3 file will take up about 25% of the room on your storage device compared to a WAV file and about half as much as a ALAC file.


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