The Next Track

A podcast about how people listen to music today.

About the show

Doug Adams and Kirk McElhearn discuss music and musicians, and how we listen to music, whether it be analog or digital, downloaded or streamed, audio, or video.

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Episodes

  • Episode #192 - The Same as It Ever Was

    September 16th, 2020  |  31 mins 18 secs

    Following our discussion of CDs in episode #190, we continue our discussion about these plastic discs, mainly because Doug bought some new audio gear and is now CD-obsessed.

  • Episode #191 - Exile on Monday

    September 2nd, 2020  |  33 mins 56 secs

    We begin an irregular series of key albums that stand out in the history of music. For our first foray into this type of discussion, we talk about The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street.

  • Episode #190 - Nostalgic about CDs

    August 19th, 2020  |  26 mins 13 secs

    We wax nostalgic about CDs, those plastic (and partly metal) discs that changed the music industry starting in the mid-1980s, and whose popularity has waned since the rise of streaming.

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  • Episode #189 - Renaissance Men of Music

    August 5th, 2020  |  27 mins 50 secs

    A reviewer suggested that we mentioned John Cage in this podcast as a "cheap marketing ploy." That made use think about taste: highbrow, lowbrow, and unibrow. We reflect on whether we are really the "Renaissance men of music."

  • Episode #188 - Kathryn Williams on the Breath in Music

    July 22nd, 2020  |  37 mins 52 secs

    Kathryn Williams plays the flute, and, because of some health issues, has a unique approach to the breath. In addition to being a free diver, she has been commissioning pieces of music for one single breath. And she's going to try to break the Guinness world record for the longest sustained note on a wind instrument.

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  • Episode #187 - Live Performances during Covid-19, and After

    July 8th, 2020  |  41 mins 35 secs

    John Wyver's company Illuminations produces films of live performances: theater, dance, opera, and music. He joins us to discuss the future of live performances in what he calls The After, that period when Covid-19 is just a memory. Will live performances be able to start again even if there isn't a vaccine? How can social distancing allow live performances to return?

  • Episode #186 - Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani

    June 24th, 2020  |  51 mins 52 secs

    We meet harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, who is showing how the harpsichord is no longer an instrument just for "old" music. His latest recording features contemporary music for harpsichord and electronics.

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  • Episode #185 - Use Plex to Manage Your Media Library

    June 10th, 2020  |  20 mins 6 secs

    Plex is a great way to manage your media library. Doug and Kirk discuss how they use it. Note: we recorded this episode before the lockdown began, but held off publishing it because we had a number of interviews with musicians in lockdown.

  • Episode #184 - TJ Connelly, Boston Sports DJ

    May 29th, 2020  |  49 mins 22 secs

    TJ Connelly is a sports DJ: he provides "scores" for live sporting events, such as baseball, football, and hockey games. Since the lockdown, he's been out of work, and he has been focusing his attention on Uncertain Times, a daily streaming radio show. We talk with him about what it means to score live sports, and how his streaming show is reconnecting him with real radio.

  • Episode #183 - Composer and Pianist Timo Andres on Concertizing at Home

    May 22nd, 2020  |  1 hr 2 mins

    Timo Andres is a young composer and pianist, nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2016. We discuss his music, and how he missed his first solo recital at Carnegie Hall du to the coronavirus lockdown, and decided to make home videos of all the works to present his program to the public. (Apologies for the audio; we made some mistakes when recording.)

  • Episode #182 - Oliver Craske on His Biography of Ravi Shankar, Indian Sun

    May 15th, 2020  |  35 mins 36 secs

    Oliver Craske has just published the first biography of the legendary Indian musician Ravi Shankar. Craske knew and worked with Shankar near the end of his life, and carried out extensive research to tell the tale of the man who brought Indian music to the west. (Apologies for the poor Skype audio quality.)

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  • Episode #181 - Classical Music Critic Anne Midgette

    May 8th, 2020  |  43 mins 23 secs

    Anne Midgette resigned as classical music critic for the Washington Post a few months ago, but she is well placed to discuss the dangers facing live performances of classical music in The After. And she tells us about the historical novel she's writing about the woman who built pianos for Beethoven.

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  • Episode #180 - Harpsichordist and Conductor Richard Egarr

    May 1st, 2020  |  39 mins 33 secs

    We talk with harpsichordist, conductor, and "general music addict" Richard Egarr, about original performance practice in early music.

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  • Episode #179 - Pianist Marc-André Hamelin

    April 24th, 2020  |  43 mins 22 secs

    We talk with pianist Marc-André Hamelin, whose repertoire, in more than 60 recordings, covers many little-known composers, as well as a number of twentieth-century works, by composers such as Ives, Rzewski, and Feldman.

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  • Episode #178 - Lieder and Opera Singer Ian Bostridge

    April 17th, 2020  |  40 mins 3 secs

    We talk with Ian Bostridge, Kirk's second-favorite lieder singer, about life in lockdown, and about Schubert's Winterreise, the song cycle that Bostridge is best known for, through his many performances, recordings, films, and a book he wrote about it.

  • Episode #177 - Author Michael Connelly on Music in the Harry Bosch Novels and TV Series

    April 14th, 2020  |  34 mins 55 secs

    Michael Connelly writes crime fiction, and his character Harry Bosch loves jazz. We talk with Michael about how he decided what music Bosch liked, and how he uses music in the novels and TV series.

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