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

Danen Jobe danen1970 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 5 08:01:54 PDT 2011

For better or for worse, these CDs ARE what he wants to release. That's part
of the point: the long silences between tracks that get longer with each
re-issue (I once thought this, surely, was accidental), the parts of the
songs cut off or added on, all of this is mastered professionally and he
LIKES it. It's not being contentious or anything, just that we have to
respect, that nothing which has been put out is accidental. It's all
presented as Corwood wishes it to be presented, and has been professionally
mastered and presented that way since at least 1981. Again, I think some of
the tape noise/whatever it is shouldn't be taken as what he wants, but the
unfortunate limitations of old tape that's deteriorated somewhat. But one
thing I'm quite sure of is that what is out there is EXACTLY what he wants
out there. I think people were noting the changes to him from the point that
RFTH was re-issued (I remember that controversy well), but note that he
insisted that Jackpot re-issue that and all vinyl from the CD masters, not
the LP masters or from another vinyl. Basically, you have to get the
original vinyl and make your own rip if you want that master, because he's
never going to reissue it.


On Sun, Sep 4, 2011 at 3:48 PM, <phogwilde at aol.com> wrote:

>  Well, I'm certainly glad he's got everything up to par now, but it's a
> real travesty about these CDs. Think someone should write Corwood about it
> or something? I mean, I'm sure if he knew he was selling a compromised
> product he'd do something about it. I know I would.
>  -----Original Message-----
> From: Emil Macherzyński <emil.macherzynski at gmail.com>
> To: P <chairbesideawindow at yahoo.com>
> Cc: jandek <jandek at mylist.net>
> Sent: Sun, Sep 4, 2011 8:14 am
> Subject: Re: [Jandek] Re: jandek Digest, Vol 59, Issue 88
>  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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