Monday, March 3, 2008

It's been a while ...

A combination of factors has led my recent absence ... a huge contributing factor being a surge in music acquisitions via bit torrent ... {cue "time warp" effect} ...

Once upon a time (80's), fans of the Dead and Jerry Garcia traded cassette tape recordings of live shows. Low generation cassettes of good recordings sounded pretty good. I had a case of approximately 250 cassettes that I considered one of my prized possessions. Some of the best sounding had come to me from my good friend Steve who went to college with the daughter of Dan Healy - sound engineer for the band for years. His "ultramix" cassettes were mixed on site from multiple sources including mics and the soundboard itself. The other "gems" were the so-called "Betty Boards" - direct reel-to-reel soundboard recordings by Betty Cantor. Many of these Betty Boards were released when the contents of a storage locker were auctioned off.

Then came the internet and digital music. Internet sites began popping up as early as 1995 with digitized copies of live dead recordings. Eventually, sites like gdlive.com emerged that housed large numbers of digital shows.

Soon a network of ftp sites emerged ... with a database behind it hosted at db.etree.org. A data model emerged with a one-to-many relationship between each show and the multiples sources with their lineage ... people have tried to assign unique ids to each source. Technology evolved around this community. Out of this confluence of traders and tapers and techies came lossless compression technologies like ".shn" and peer-to-peer technology like Bit Torrent itself. Today the network of ftp servers has been replaced by a network of people sharing the music online via bit torrent.

I've been furiously collecting new stuff of late ... more on why and what and how in future posts ...

Here's the show of the week ... contains a nice Paul McCartney song in the second set called "That Would Be Something" that I enjoyed the few times I heard it ...

This is from the Philly Spectrum on 10/7/1994.


1 comment:

Neal said...

Jeremy:

Cool blog. I love scuba and the dead too. Just curious how you were able to imbed the archive shows into your blog?

If you could, please point me in the right direction.

Thanks,

Neal