[Jandek] Re: jandek Digest, Vol 59, Issue 88

Danen Jobe danen1970 at gmail.com
Sun Sep 4 08:22:37 PDT 2011

I understand that he's used a professional engineer to master everything
since, I think, "Later On" (I could be wrong on that, but it's somewhere
around there). The early albums, obviously, were recorded elsewhere on a
variety of machines, but they were mastered at the distributor. Any such
noise on the CDs would be a result, perhaps, of tape deterioration or other
such factors. The trouble may be that they were remixed (this is obvious
from the variety of song lengths and various sections added or taken away
from some tracks), and this may have pushed unintentional distortion
forward. I would agree that, sadly, "Blue Corpse" suffers from this more
than most.


2011/9/4 Emil Macherzyński <emil.macherzynski at gmail.com>

> i think we learned not too long ago that jandek uses a professional
> mastering engineer. or maybe he started after he pressed some cds with said
> artefacts?
> 2011/9/4 P <chairbesideawindow at yahoo.com>
>> I have noticed digital artifacts in a lot of the cd reissues and I have
>> noticed it on blue corpse and a bunch of the acoustic
>> solo records, quite possibly could have been ripped from a master analog
>> tape than ripped to mp3 (in a low bitate)
>> than pressed from that low bit mp3....the rep at the time didn't seem to
>> know much about high tech recording or more
>> modern recording technology so its possible he didn't understand the
>> difference in bit rate before pressing those earlier
>> CD reissues.
>> regards
>> justin
>> www.myspace.com/iamesper
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>> Today's Topics:
>>   1. Strange Mastering / Transcoding on "Blue Corpse" CD
>>       (phogwilde at aol.com)
>> Hey Everyone,
>> I was listening to my "Blue Corpse" CD today, and I think there's
>> something wrong with the mastering, or maybe even the master source that was
>> used. I was noticing what I can best describe as digital artifacts here and
>> there, like the type that get created when downgrading fidelity or
>> transcoding MP3s (or even just making, say, a 96k MP3). "Blue Corpse" is one
>> of the few Jandek releases that I had a vinyl copy of ("had" because I had
>> to sell it a while back to pay bills, which killed me to do and still kills
>> me to this day... wish I had that back). Before I sold my vinyl copy, I made
>> a digital copy of it so I could at least listen to it. Comparing "Variant"
>> from the CD and my digital copy of the LP, you can clearly hear a fidelity
>> difference (I'm not talking about the Digital vs Analog argument) and those
>> digital artifacts/transcode noises/whatever are not present at all on the LP
>> audio. I'm almost wondering if the CD was made from an MP3/compromised
>> master.
>> Sorry... I know I'm rambling. Anyhow, did anyone who has original vinyl
>> copies of Jandek records notice anything like this when comparing the
>> CDs/LPs? I know there's been a lot of discussion about the songs themselves
>> (added/missing parts, etc.), but I don't recall seeing anything about the
>> actual sound/mastering/whatever quality itself.
>> For the record, I don't know for sure which CD pressing I have, but I
>> think it's the 2005 one (back of the CD lists "One Minute" as having a
>> length of 1:15).
>> Any input on this would be greatly appreciated!
>> -Rob
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