I enjoy when Jimmy Fallon does his Neil Young impression. Last night on The Tonight Show Jimmy and Neil performed on a rotating tree stump in the middle of a dark, swampy forest, with animals looking on with them.
The purpose of the song was to promote Neil Young’s newest album, Earth. I have my copy on pre-order at Pono Music. I will be downloading and listening to the Pono edition 192.0kHz/24bit on Friday June 24th. It is perfectly suited for my Neil Young Limited Edition Pono player 😉
One of the benefits of participating in the PONO Music Gentle Revolution is the PonoPromise. It is a very important commitment to us who purchase on PonoMusic.Com and as stakeholders.
From: Neil Young, CEO PonoMusic
To: The Pono Community
Subject:Free Album Resolution Upgrades
Because we love and appreciate our Pono community of music lovers so much, all music purchased at PonoMusic.com will now be upgraded for FREE when a label offers a higher resolution upgrade of the same recording.
That is the PonoPromise!
People have had to deal with changing and eroding quality formats over the years, starting with vinyl, then eight tracks, cassettes, CDs, MP3s and now streaming services. Music lovers have been forced to buy or “rent” their music over and over and over again. We here at Pono, think that sucks…. But with Pono, those days are over.
Now, when you buy your favorite music at PonoMusic.com, the PonoPromise means you will never have to purchase it again, ever! If and when a higher resolution album you have already purchased becomes available, it is yours for FREE!
The PonoPromise is in keeping with the Pono mission; making the best sound and the highest resolution available, always. To hear your favorite music the way it is intended to be heard, use the industry leading PonoPlayer, available at Amazon and other retailers. We are offering the PonoPromise to you, our community. You have supported us through purchasing your PonoPlayers and high resolution music at the only hi-res music ecosystem in existence – PonoMusic.com. You are engaged in the Pono community and you are helping us to raise the bar. So through the PonoPromise we say thank you.
Thank you for supporting the Pono mission to preserve music quality in its highest form.
People who are seriously considering purchasing a Pono Music Player should read John Atkinson’s article, “Pono Pono Player” from the Stereophile magazine April 2015 issue.
What you will appreciate is the depth of Atkinson’s testing analysis and subsequent findings. He shares with the reader what he learned as a result of listening intently. I especially liked his interpretation of Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway To Heaven“. He has compelled me to buy Led Zeppelin IV Deluxe Edition.
Being a Pono Music Player enthusiast I am always interested in learning more about the dynamics of my device. I applaud John Atkinson’s well structured and balanced report.
If I may just quote two lines of his review:
Considered on it’s own merits, the Pono Player is a well-engineered, high-performance, portable player that is equally at home in a conventional high-end audio system, and is offered at a fair, affordable price. In combination with the Pono Music World app, it offers a plug’n’play gateway to high-quality music reproduction.
The PonoMusic Team updated Kickstarter backers (I’m proud to be included in that number) with news about strategic partnerships and product engineering progress.
PonoMusic is making great progress on the development of the new and improved PonoPlayer (the one you pledged for), as well as the on-line store, the content delivery system, and the desktop media center application.
1. Desktop Media Software
JRiver (www.jriver.com) will provide a Pono-branded version of their world-class desktop media center software. This software will be similar to the iTunes® desktop app in that it will allow you to manage your music, create playlists, sync your music to your PonoPlayer, access the PonoMusic store, buy & download music to your desktop, do player firmware updates, etc.
2. PonoMusic Store
PonoMusic will partner with CloudCraze (www.cloudcraze.com), an eCommerce platform that runs natively on the salesforce1® platform. The PonoMusic Store will be hosted through a partnership with SalesForce.com. PonoMusic will establish a world-class social music store. PonoMusic expects to have their PonoPlayer pre-order store (for post-Kickstarter pre-orders of PonoPlayers and some accessories) up and running in mid-to-late June. Kickstarter supporters will receive notification of automatically created user accounts at that time.
3. Content Delivery
PonoMusic is days away from finalizing a partnership with a world-class content delivery partner who has great expertise in the content management and quality management issues.
Work has also begun the initiative with major music labels to have the PonoMusic store on-line with a very large, relevant and interesting content catalog by October.
Bruce Botnick has joined the PonoMusic leadership team. He is a legendary audio engineer and record producer known for his work with the Doors, Love, Buffalo Springfield, the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, and many other artists. Bruce is responsible for establishing the PonoMusic content strategy and ensuring that they will provide the highest quality version of each recording sold in their music store.
Bruce’s graphic below captures the state of modern recording today and depicts his motivation for joining Pono to help us save music from the lossy formats such as MP3.
The PonoMusic Team is working on several offerings that they are very excited about. Their goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to experience the flawless sound from Pono soundtracks, and do so at an affordable price. They also will be testing headphones from many of the major manufacturers and posting their recommendations on their site in a few months.
My first reaction when I learned about Neil Young’s A Letter Home Limited Edition Box Setwas first disappointment then elation at what this packaged sound solution represents. It’s truly history recorded and preserved for us to witness.
Neil Young, bless the music of his heart, is a prolific human being. He keeps us fans on our toes. I like when artists I enjoy and respect challenges us to stay in league with their artistic direction. That is something both Neil Young and Jack White very much have in common.
I had just purchased the Record Store Day 2014 A Letter Home (12″ Vinyl) edition on the Third Man Records Store on Tuesday 4/22. Next I read about the expanded edition on the Guitar Afficionado Web site last night. I thought, hmmm maybe I should have waited for the box set. But who knew that as both these recordings were stealth announcements. We all love surprises, don’t we?
I became elated when I processed what the expanded edition of A Letter Home provides Neil Young and Jack White audio technology fans. Neil Young and the Pono team are delivering the sheer joy of the Pono Music Player and high-resolution audio for our listening and collecting pleasure. Pono is a technological innovation that will have far-reaching positive effects how we will appreciate music in the very near future.
At the same time Neil Young and Jack White share an affinity for music technology from another era of history. A Letter Home was recorded onancient electro-mechanical technology. This is a striking contrast to Pono as these two technologies are literally opposite ends of the recording spectrum.
What I love about A Letter Home is the recording technology partnership between Jack White and Neil Young. Neil Young has recorded an entire album in a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth at Third Man’s Nashville headquarters.To me this is like sitting in a 1950’s kitchenette plugged into your Pigboy amp playing your electric guitar while you make music and record it on one of the first reel-to-reel tape recorders. It’s raw, it’s honest and it’s real!
I mean dig this you have Jack White purveyor of vintage vinyl and vintage recordings, our music preservationist who is innovating and creating with his “vision” recording experience, working with Neil Young who is bringing us Pono. This blows my mind and makes me totally satisfied with the spectrum of recorded sound.
Now the question becomes how do I afford the limited edition box set as well as Pono?
I have a feeling where there’s a will there’s a way 😉 Stay tuned…
I have thought about Neil Young the inventor today. Pono Music is entering the product engineering stage of validating first phase requirements. Today is the first day of Spring. So the robins are out and the green grass will follow. Later this year after Harvest Moon time comes October when people like myself and others will be listening to their Pono Music players as they flow the bountiful high-resolution audio cornucopia. Good things come to those who wait 😉
So let’s dance into the night happily savoring those we love in the music of our heart, Goodnight Rosemary.
We are on the brink of SXSW 2014 in Austin Texas. How I would love to attend that one day. Talk about your geek and music nirvana ;). SXSW 2014 will be the announcement site for Neil Young’s PONO high resolution music technologies. Can’t wait to write about that on March 11th which is the announcement day.
Speaking of computers, music and technology directions I have written a quick post about Raspberry Pi and Music (Media Center) technologies.
Raspberry Pi was released to the public as an Open Source Linux credit card sized computer on February 29, 2012. It celebrated its two year birthday yesterday, March 1, 2014. The technology initiative has grown substantially in that time frame. The latest estimate is that 2.5 million Raspberry Pi computers have been sold worldwide.
I liken Raspberry Pi to the Radio Shack, Popular Mechanics hobbyist crowd. Raspberry Pi is a raw, unfinished computer in comparison with say an Apple iPhone. In terms of finished goods Raspberry Pi has many exposed components. In order for you to fully engage yourself with Raspberry Pi and the software, peripherals, cables etc it’s best to posses an erector set mentality to persist with this experience. Raspberry Pi is playing a major role in the M2M: Internet of Things (iot) that is disrupting how we are reshaping the InterWeb.
My interest as a music technologist is specifically focused on the Raspberry Pi Media Center and Volumio (formerly known as the RaspyFi Project). The Raspberry Pi Media Center when connected to your Hi Def Television, WiFi and your cable Internet system becomes a powerful, self-programming solution for you to curate your own media programming. Volumio is an entirely new music system. It is designed to play all your music, whether is an Hi-Res file or a Web Radio, with the highest quality.
Once I get the Raspberry Pi Media Center I want to experiment with I will post again about what I am learning about this cool technology through my living room entertainment system.
Here are some resources that I have discovered to help you with Raspberry Pi, music and the technology.
O’Reilly publishes the best technology books bar none ;). I am pleased to finally see a Raspberry Pi Cookbook available and written by Simon Monk.
Uncut Magazine has proven a reliable source for Neil Young information. The publisher delivers a focused publication, The Ultimate Music Guide dedicated to a single artist or group. The publication proves invaluable by provisioning a comprehensive reference.
The Uncut Magazine, Neil Young: The Ultimate Music Guide is due to bereleased at the end of this week. It will take extra time to reach American magazine stands. John Mulvey writes about the challenges a prolific Neil Young poses when attempting to put together a comprehensive music guide about his artistic contributions.
Neil Young’s issuance of the Archives Performance Series release, “Volume 02.5: Live At The Cellar Door” created a challenge to tying off the Neil Young: The Ultimate Music Guide. Suffice it to say that is where John Mulvey’s Uncut Blog, “Wild Mercury Sound” allows the flexibility of real time updates about Neil Young’s projects beyond the guide.
“Live At The Cellar Door” highlights six of the 13 tracks as solo piano pieces: “After The Gold Rush”, “Expecting To Fly”, “Birds”, “See The Sky About To Rain”, “Cinnamon Girl” and “Flying On The Ground Is Wrong”.
I agree strongly with John Mulvey that Neil Young will devote a prominent amount of set time to solo piano performances at the Carnegie Hall concerts in January. When we saw Neil Young in Bridgeport last year he played piano on a couple of numbers. It was compelling to witness and hear his music live that way.
I mean don’t get me wrong he rocked with Crazy Horse but I was moved by his solo piano songs. In the music of our heart I was urging him to play more songs on piano that evening.
John Mulvey and team I am enthusiastic for the Neil Young: The Ultimate Music Guide. Kudos in advance!
“It’s actually a little early for us to give any information,” Elliot Roberts (Neil Young’s Business Manager), the head of Lookout Management in Santa Monica, said in a brief telephone interview. “When we can comment, we’ll be an open spigot.”
Neil Young’s Ivanhoe, Inc. published “the” InterWeb home page for PONO where you can stay informed via e-mail, Twitter and Facebook 😉 From the About page…
Hi Friend, There’s an awfully good chance you heard about a revolution we’re working on. Something that will significantly improve the way you get to hear and feel your favorite music. Shocking you say? That perhaps the promise of “Perfect Sound Forever” propagated by the inventors of the Compact Disc was a bust? And that“CD Quality” promoted by the likes of iTunes and the creators of the MP3 was only an inkling of the flawed format they were hoping to emulate? We’re here to say it’s incredibly true! Miraculously, there’s a wealth of music & soul (or if you must, “data”) trapped on millions of recordings made over the last half century, that we’re hoping to unleash for the very first time. Can you imagine? Your own personal time machine, to take you back to the place and time of the original musical event, and let you feel music in ways you’ve only felt seeing it live? We here at Pono are listening to it now and assure you, IT’S AMAZING!!!! We ask dear music lover that you root for Pono bringing this very real technology to the world. We’re still toiling away on making this happen (yes, there are record labels, artists, publishers and more to finalize with), but we wanted to share our excitement with you. In the meantime, please follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates. Rescuing an art form, The Pono Team