On Tuesday (April 26), T Bone Burnett revealed he was in the studio with frequent collaborator Bob Dylan, and the two have been working on re-recording some of the legend’s classic songs.
The revamped recordings were created to showcase the all-new Ionic Originals high-fidelity backing. The introduction of Ionic Originals marks the beginning of the first breakthrough in analog sound reproduction in over 70 years, according to a statement announcing the news.
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Few details have been released regarding when we can expect these new Dylan recordings to be released and what songs have been re-recorded, or what hardware will be needed to play them.
Burnett has a long-standing commitment to the sonic excellence of analog sound. The Grammy-winning producer’s new company, NeoFidelity Inc., will release a series of Ionic Originals, with Dylan’s recordings serving as the company’s first offering. Although the format in which they will be released resembles vinyl, it will be a brand new medium. A photo accompanying the announcement shows Burnett holding an aluminum tray on which the “Ionic Originals” versions will be available.
In a press release, Burnett shared her excitement for her new venture. “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 he is a painting. It is a lacquer painted on an aluminum disc, with a spiral engraved on it by the music. This painting, however, has the added quality of containing this music, which can be heard by putting a stylus in the spiral and spinning it.
Burnett also spoke of his preference for analog sound over digital sound, saying, “When describing the quality that elevates analog sound above digital sound, the word ‘warmth’ is often used”, notes Burnett again. “Analog sound has more depth, more harmonic complexity, more resonance, better imaging. Analog has more feel, more character, more touch. Digital sound is frozen. Analog sound is alive.
The announcement concluded by affirming NeoFidelity Inc. and Burnett’s mission “to record artists across a wide range of musical genres and provide a distribution platform for Ionic Originals” and “to reset the value of music.” recorded”.
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