Disc: The Zombie
technology grows, for better and worse, all kinds of items get left
behind, like diskettes being replaced by flash drives, et al and
magnetic tape formats (8-track, VHS, Beta, audio cassettes) being
replaced by optical media. Despite its lower definition by today's
standards (16 bits of sound versus the 20 to 24 bits, not to mention
kHz that DVD, Blu-ray and some streaming can do), the compact disc
has somehow survived and is still being made. Even when chain
stores drop them, you can still get them and the music industry (the
only supporter as the computer business has moved onto the other
formats) is the sole supporter. Why?
they are all over the place, convenient, play on almost any 5-inch
digital player (this even includes the small tray in the long-dead
12-inch analog LaserDisc format, which eventually break in digital
sound for film and video despite not starting out with any digital
audio at all) and they sold so well, plenty are still out there in
collections, used stores, thrift stores, basements and many are still
highly collectible. True, many have gone bad (scratched, left in hot
cars, cracked, smashed, dirtied beyond use, oxidation that eats away
the information, etc.) and a huge chunk (especially older ones) have
dated sonics that make them hard to listen to. But it all goes to
show just how successful the original optical disc format was.
had many variants for video and computers that were of limited use,
and a smash second success as CD-ROM. As the vinyl record revival
looks like it is here to stay, it shows that people still want
physical media despite the many out there who (sometimes for weird,
even political reasons) want to kill it. The music business never
did sell the idea of an all-audio DVD or Blu-ray, though there were
attempts, especially when they had two replacements for the CD (the
still-produced, amazing Super Audio CD format and decent, if
menu-challenged DVD-Audio (with a capital 'A' formats) that battled
it out in vein as Napster came out of nowhere. So the CD is still
alive and well, even if some of the ones you've burned over the years
are already starting to go.
that make it a zombie format, one that is alive when people think it
is or should be dead? No yet. People are still buying them and
using them, but it is an amusing footnote to all the rush for the
next thing that the format that helped bring us all into the current
age of tech remains viable long after its technical fidelity peaked.
We'll see how much longer it holds out.
Ultra HD Blu-rays continue to grow...
only a matter of months, 2160p Ultra HD 4K Blu-rays have picked up
faster than the regular Blu-ray format (and not just because regular
Blu-ray had brief competition a decade ago) and faster than DVD (the
industry took a while to embrace that format, as few recall these
days) now in its second calendar year with second-generation players
hitting the market.
High Dynamic Range/HDR feature that enhances the 2160p image has been
joined by 12-color bit Dolby Vision staring with the original
in 4K and the HDR group has introduced HDR10+, expanding its 10-color
bit capacity. So far, regular Blu-rays have been included with the
4K versions in the following releases so far, which we were listing
on this homepage until the list became too long. Now, you can
consult the ever-growing listing at this link...
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Ike C, Charles Constantino on 56th Grammy Entry List
the World' appears on the 56th Grammy Entry List in the categories of
Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration,
and Best Rap Song.
November 15, 2013 - The
has selected the original version of Around
the rap/sung collaboration by Art featuring Ike C, for inclusion on
the 56th Grammy Entry List in four categories. Around
in the entry categories of Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best
Rap/Sung Collaboration, and Best Rap Song. Members of the Recording
Academy vote from the 56th Grammy Entry List for the nominees for the
2014 Grammy Awards.
here to listen to a clip of Around the World.
Grammy Award for Record of the Year recognizes the artist; the
tracking, mix and mastering engineers; and the producer. Chaz
Peacock tracked Around
Charles Constantino and Chaz Peacock mixed the song. Garrett Haines
mastered the Charles Constantino production of Around
awards for Song of the Year and Best Rap Song recognize the
songwriters. Steven "Art" Williams wrote the rap lyrics
Isaac "Ike C" Cummings and Charles Constantino wrote the
sung lyrics. Charles Constantino wrote the music for the song. The
Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration recognizes the artists.
member of ASCAP,
the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers--is the
exclusive publisher of Around
a division of Core Media House L.L.C., released the song.
Core Media House cofounder and chief creative officer Charles
Constantino produced and co-wrote the Somerhill recordings of Free
Your Mind (Tara Na)
Both of the Somerhill recordings appeared on the 52nd Grammy Entry
List in the categories of Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group
with Vocals and Best Rock Song.
original version of Around
is available at Amazon,
and other Internet retailers. The song is available in FLAC, MP3-320
and MP3 file types at CD
On March 17, 2013, Around
reached number two on the list of the bestselling MP3 songs in neo
soul at Amazon.
here to request additional information.
here for a PDF version of the preceding press release,
Ike C, Charles Constantino on 56th Grammy Entry List.”
changing sidebar highlighting the best new discs available, we have a
master list of key Blu-ray titles we originally updated often, but
will now use as a guide to the best early releases so fans and
collectors can catch up. Also, the prices are great on many of these
titles now. The link to these highlights can be found at this link:
can also put "Blu-ray"
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than one Blu-ray release, the new hit 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format and
the Blu-ray 3D format as noted above) and counting including import
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writer Dante Ciampaglia's Crazy
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