Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 30, 2016
" Localization of music related listening versus silence. Significant differences of fMRI BOLD activity during listening to 16 familiar songs are compared to a set of quiet resting conditions (p < 0.001, cluster >10 voxels). Results are projected onto the surface of the participant’s own structural MRI scan for visualization." image credit: Daniel J. Levitin & Scott T. Grafton (altered by me)

One of my favorite writers on music and the brain, Daniel J. Levitin, also counts Sting among his fans. When Sting's recent tour took him to Montreal, home of McGill University where Dr. Levintin works, he reached out to Levintin and they got together for some fun along with Scott T. Grafton of the University of Santa Barbara who co-authored this research paper;

"We used state of the art multivoxel pattern analysis (MVPA) and representational dissimilarity analysis (RDA) in a fixed set of brain regions to test three exploratory hypotheses with the musician Sting: (1) Composing would recruit neutral structures that are both unique and distinguishable from other creative acts, such as composing prose or visual art; (2) listening and imagining music would recruit similar neural regions, indicating that musical memory shares anatomical substrates with music listening; (3) the MVPA and RDA results would help us to map the representational space for music, revealing which musical pieces and genres are perceived to be similar in the musician’s mental models for music."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 24, 2016
Lovely Recordings has grown into one of my favorite features on AudioStream; what's better than people sharing music they love?
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 24, 2016
Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

A Friend pointed me to this article titled "The Art of Listening: Your Guide to Evaluating Speakers" authored by Daniel Kumin and published on our sister site Sound & Vision, wherein he states:

"Choose an amplifier or receiver that’s as powerful (within reason) and as excellent as you can afford; at rational listening levels, “too much” available power will never compromise a speaker’s sound, but too little power definitely can. Beyond that, qualitative differences, if any, among amplifiers will be utterly swamped by the tiniest of speaker differences, so forget about ’em. Ditto cables, power conditioners, antiresonance juju, and even different CD players or streaming sources."
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 23, 2016
We know this, right? If you have your doubts and would like some proof, here's a nice healthy helping; "How Music Can Help Patients Recover From Surgery And Strokes". This link, which reader CG shared, will bring you to a web page that includes an excerpt from Waking The Spirit: A Musician's Journey Healing Body, Mind, and Soul by Andrew Schulman as well a 40+ minute discussion among several authorities on this subject.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 16, 2016
Already? Yes, already. Someone, let's call him the Noise Whisperer, put this thought in my head, "Move the switch to before the TP-Link." So I did.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 11, 2016
Sometimes I need more time and this is one of those times. While I try to make every effort to produce one review per week, sometimes...I need more time.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 09, 2016
Peter Halley Rob and Jack (1990)

Why not give you the big picture, I thought. Why not, indeed.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 03, 2016
It was a dark and stormy night. OK, it wasn't dark but it was stormy when I drove to Verona, NJ to visit John Rutan's Audio Connection where Alex Brinkman of Ayre Acoustics was delivering, stork-like, the new Ayre QX-5 Twenty Digital Hub.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 26, 2016
This is not a review. Consider it more of an appreciation.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 06, 2016
So much concern was expressed over the Tidal/Apple news, I decided to go to the source. Thus far, I can report that things go in and out. Over and over, again.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 21, 2016
Last Wednesday I drove down to retailer World Wide Stereo (WWS) in Montgomerville, PA where I tagged along with AudioQuest's Steve Silberman as he computer-audio-enabled WWS. The back story: Bob Cole, the owner of WWS, got into a discussion regarding computer audio with Steve some months back and Steve shared how AudioQuest sees CA as one of the most vibrant growth areas of consumer electronics. Bob immediately said, "then we need to get serious and get into that space". And here we are.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 14, 2016

Of late, I've decided to work from the NYC office every other Wednesday. My commute consists of a roughly hour drive to Hoboken, a PATH ride to 33rd Street, and the few block walk to 261 Madison Ave. As such, I carry a bag with stuff in it and at Jana's suggestion, here are some of its contents.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 01, 2016
Brazilian Record Collector Zero Freitas owns a couple million records

One common, and to my mind, valid question regarding MQA is Where's the music? So here's my question—How much is enough?

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 31, 2016
I don't know about you, but I've been loving our Lovely Recordings feature. In case you missed them, the idea is simple; I want YOU to send in some recordings you enjoy both for sound and music quality. Simple. It could be just one record, but better is always better, and what I'm looking for is a story about why this music grabs you.

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