Ep. 18: Atmos Music Explored
Diving deeper into the territory William Erb staked out in his Atmos Music: A World Beyond Movies, we talk to Stefan Bock—founder, director, engineer, and producer at Munich’s MSM Studio Group and developer of the Pure Audio Blu-ray format—about the state of and potential for high-resolution immersive audio, and explore an eclectic group of titles—ranging from electronica to classical to jazz—released in the format.
Here are the highlights:
1:29 How William came across Atmos music
2:28 William introduces Stefan Bock
3:00 Stefan’s early experiences with Atmos
4:17 Stefan describes the creation of the Pure
Audio Blu-ray format
6:24 Frank Doris talks about his experiences
with Yello’s Point in Atmos
8:03 Frank on how gimmicky DVD-Audio and
SACD mixes gave surround music a bad
8:47 Dennis Burger on how he prefers Atmos
for music instead of movies
10:14 Dennis on Yello’s Point
12:03 Dennis on the Big Phat Band’s Gordian
12:47 We’ve become used to surround sound,
so music now sounds more natural mixed
15:22 Stefan on how to determine the right
approach to an Atmos mix
16:59 Frank on the Big Phat Band
17:39 Atmos music works just as well with solo performers as with complex ensembles
18:53 William on the Big Phat Band
20:06 Stefan on Alessandro Quarta’s reaction to first working in Atmos
21:15 Stefan on his approach to the Big Phat Band recording
21:57 Does Atmos music represent a way of achieving the elusive goal of the “absolute sound”?
26:13 The ability of Atmos music to create an immediacy other formats can’t
30:15 Atmos mixes encourage you to focus on the albums instead of treating them as background music
31:51 Frank on Kraftwerk’s 3-D
33:41 Discs vs. streaming for delivering Atmos music
35:58 Encouraging people to use their Atmos systems for music listening as well as watching movies
37:30 How to get people to appreciate Atmos music on its owns terms and as not just another surround-sound
40:13 Getting the acoustics of your room to dovetail with the acoustics of the recording
42:32 Accessing Atmos music on disc
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Dennis Burger is an avid Star Wars scholar, Tolkien fanatic, and Corvette enthusiast who somehow also manages to find time for technological passions including high-end audio, home automation, and video gaming. He lives in the armpit of Alabama with his wife Bethany and their four-legged child Bruno, a 75-pound American Staffordshire Terrier who thinks he’s a Pomeranian.
William Erb is a longstanding movie enthusiast, music lover & home AV tinkerer. He has been using his spare time, now that he is semi-retired after a career in banking and biotech, to renovate his new home in Los Angeles with a private cinema and a distributed audio system, both state-of-the art. William became a client of Sam Cavitt’s Paradise Theater in the very early stages of his renovation project. He was lucky enough to get the private cinema completed just before lockdown, and is glad not to need an excuse to stay home to watch movies and listen to music.
Michael Gaughn—The Absolute Sound, The Perfect Vision, Wideband, Stereo Review, Sound & Vision, The Rayva Roundtable, marketing, product design, some theater designs, a couple TV shows, some commercials, and now this.