Dick Cerri, Folk-music Radio Host In D.c. Area
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What’s up with Neil Young’s Pono high-resolution music system?
3 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. He was 77. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his daughter, Debbi Cerri. PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2012 Mr. Cerri started out as an announcer in Utica, N.Y., during high school. He moved to Washington in 1960 and soon joined the staff of WAVA-FM, where he created the show Music Americana, the Folk Music of America. He moved on to host and produce at several radio stations in the area, including many years on WLTT-FM, taking his show (shortened to Music Americana) with him. I dont have a degree in musicology or years of study on a musical instrument, he told The Washington Post in 1986. To me, those are the experts. Im a little embarrassed by that label. I have never looked at this music as scholarship. I guess my mind remembers a lot of things about the people I met and the music I played. I consider myself a professional spectator. Folk music, he added, reflects what is going on at the moment, and that is always changing. What was happening in the 1960s made it a natural period for folk music to come up and be as popular as it was. Now we dont have pop folk music on the charts. But what is happening in folk music today is much more exciting than in the 1960s.
While the original high-resolution audio formats, SACD and DVD-Audio, could produce awe-inspiring sound quality back in the early 2000s, most high-resolution mixes were only slightly better-sounding than the CDs’. Young has said that Pono files will be artist-approved studio masters, and that implies different masters and possibly mixes than the CD, LP, or iTunes mixes. If they can pull that off, Master Files would really be a major sonic improvement over what we have now. It’s nice in theory, but if Pono is ever going to be a high-resolution alternative to the iTunes store, Pono has to offer a vast selection of music. If Pono could somehow enforce higher quality standards on the music business, that would be a great thing, but why does the business need Pono urging them on? If they cared about sound quality in the first place, they would make all of the releases sound great in every format they sell: MP3, FLAC, CD, iTunes, or LP. I proposed the “two-mix” solution for a couple of years ago. Mix One would be the standard heavily compressed mix that sounds fine on Bluetooth speakers, car audio systems, and cheap earbuds; that’s the mix we have now. It’s fine for the way most people listen to music. Mix Two would be less compressed and processed for folks who have decent stereo systems and/or high-quality headphones. The prime reason cited why the two-mix approach isn’t being implemented is cost; the record companies don’t want to spend extra cash to create a second mix. Why will they now for Pono?