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T Bone Burnett Announces a New Analog Audio Format, Tested With Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan has re-recorded some of his classic songs using the technology, but they’re not available to the public yet. According to the press release, the producer is hoping to “reset the valuation for recorded music.”

The Ionic Originals format features “lacquer painted onto an aluminum disc, with a spiral etched into it by music.” T Bone Burnett’s development is the first major move in analog music reproduction in more than 70 years as vinyl became the standard.

“An Ionic Original is the pinnacle of recorded sound,” the press release asserts. “It is archival quality. It is future-proof and it is one of one. Not only is an Ionic Original the equivalent of a painting, it is a painting. It is lacquer painted onto an aluminum disc, with a spiral etched into it by music. This painting, however, has the additional quality of containing that music, which can be heard by putting a stylus into the spiral and spinning it.”

https://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2022/04/28/t-bone-burnett-ionic-originals-audio-format/


"Life's the same, I'm moving in stereo
Life's the same except for my shoes"

Re: T Bone Burnett Announces a New Analog Audio Format, Tested With Bob Dylan

Reply #1
Sounds prohibitively expensive to produce in mass quantities, so it sounds like they'll be doing limited quantities and selling them for the cost comparable to hand painted artwork copies.

I mean, technically, it sounds like they can't even press them from a mold, but instead must etch each individual disc in real time or slower.

Re: T Bone Burnett Announces a New Analog Audio Format, Tested With Bob Dylan

Reply #2
Money. $$
That's what it's about.

The technology is old. There's nothing new.
"Life's the same, I'm moving in stereo
Life's the same except for my shoes"