I love it when I get a challenge from a reader, or even a simple request, especially when it's somethin' I think I'll enjoy. I've taken on things that aren't fun too of course. The way I see it: If a reader is already supporting me through reading my words - the least I can do, if they have a request, is do my best to respond and put time and thought into the response. Building Trust is Everything today. There's a non-stop fuckin' barrage of information/electromagnetic noise coming at us everywhere we go. I think my generation (that be Generation X) might've been the last to spend most of our time outside as kids, and even teenagers! The entitlement generation has so many digital pacification devices it's frightening. It's like some parents are just flat-out willing to let their kids Sony Playstation do the parenting for em'! Considering that, we could be in for a helluva freaky future. So, as I've said before here at OccupyHifi.org - it doesn't matter what the state of the world is if I have the right music and sound system with me. One of the tools that's been a vital part of my computer/streaming audio rig is Amarra. Before there was Amarra for TIDAL there was simply Amarra - and one of the things I loved most about their software was that it worked with iTunes. All the audio was handled by Amarra (and still is - I use Amarra Symphony when playing local files back on my MacBook Pro SSD) - iTunes essentially became the UI. And since I was so accustomed to using the iTunes interface, Amarra was a breeze. That was a spectacular move on their part, though I'm sure it took of alot of diplomacy, and maybe even a few years off Jon Reichbachs life (President and Founder of Amarra). Jon is also a good friend, so, as I've said in EVERY Audeze review I've ever written: I know the man behind the product - if that creates a conflict-of-interest in your mind: While we may seem big if you look at Head-Fis membership, we're still a small global community - and so all of us, the writers, know manufacturers and designers, etc. It's a part of the game.
Regardless - I want you to know that I haven't dug every move Jon's made with his products, but we developed a solid friendship because I've always been honest with him. Both of us worked the major label industry, and survived, so we've always shared that bond as well. I was at his magnificent home near San Rafael (Northern California) yesterday, playing music through newly-arrived audio toys
and I got to check out some up-coming Amarra for TIDAL goodies from Jon and his team at Sonic Studio! His place sits amongst these gorgeous rolling hill-tops and trees, like a mix between stereotypical Northern Cali, Northern Arizona, and parts of the big island of Hawaii. So we usually take his dog for a nice walk when I visit I was pingin' a few tweets while we were walking Willy the Wonder Dog, and one of my readers requested a special Amarra for TIDAL playlist - so here we are! I wanted to try and make Vol.1 a compilation of tracks that've been anthemic for me , plus songs that I've played through the years at audiophile shows. Now, for many of you that's gonna sound boring as shit. Have no fear my fellow sonic adventurists, these are all tracks that I played (more-so in their heyday - but also spin em' today) in order to shake things up at the time - so I sincerely hope you enjoy!!
Stay tuned for Vol.2 here at OccupyHifi!