Bob Dylan recorded updated versions of some of his well-known songs with an acclaimed producer T-Bone Burnett in conjunction with Burnett’s plans to introduce a new ultra-high fidelity audio format, reports Variety.
According to Variety, a press release on Tuesday announced that Dylan’s recordings will be part of a series of releases dubbed “Ionic Originals” to be released by Burnett’s newly formed company NeoFidelity Inc. on a new medium that looks like a vinyl LP but is aluminum.
According to the statement, the “newly developed discs… advance the art of recorded sound and mark the first breakthrough in analog sound reproduction in over 70 years.”
No details yet on which songs Dylan has re-recorded for the new releases, but the statement notes that he “revisited a personally chosen set of his signature songs for the first time in decades.”
The new records apparently deliver on a plan Burnett has been working on for a long time that he says would make LPs, CDs and digital formats sound better.
“An Ionic Original is the pinnacle of recorded sound. It’s archival quality. It stands the test of time. It’s one of a kind. Not only is an Ionic Original the equivalent of a painting , but it is a painting,” Burnett said in a statement. “It is lacquer painted on an aluminum disc, with a spiral engraved on it by the music. This painting, however, has the added quality of contain this music, which can be heard by placing a stylus in the spiral and spinning it.
The release also notes that Burnett formed NeoFidelity with the intention of recording artists across a wide range of musical genres and providing a distribution platform for Ionic Originals, [as well as to] reset rating of recorded music.
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