THE PLANET OF MUSIC AND THE JOURNEY OF IÒTU: Franco Mussida's astonishing new work with the exclusive Pure Audio Blu-ray edition by Moondays!
His new album is now available in the exclusive Pure Audio immersive Blu-ray edition with Dolby ATMOS®, Auro-3D®, DTS-HD Master Audio® and LPCM Stereo tracks!
"The Planet of Music and the Journey of Iòtu" marks a return to composition after a 10-year interlude during which Mussida devoted himself to representing Music through contemporary Art installations and popularizing his research on the Musical Code through essays, the last one fittingly entitled The Planet of Music.
The guitar, an instrument of evocation
An enlightened researcher in sound quality, active in memorable productions such as the artistic direction of projects like De Andrè-PFM, in this new work he uses a Guitar with an extremely evocative researched sound. To highlight the differences to the sonic standards of the moment, Mussida decided to use little "machinery" to focus on producing a sound devoid of violence and full of charm.
A sound that fuels the emergence of images, also enhancing the scope of his compositional artistry through recording modes and a finely crafted palette of acoustic instruments. Likewise, the music production focused on the highest quality of sound capture to enhance the characteristics of the instruments and the expressiveness of the entire instrumental ensemble.
Recently released on vinyl and CD, the work, thanks in part to highly original musical and textual writing, was an immediate success. The meticulous care taken over the sounds and the need to remark on how sound quality must now return to the center of the debate on musical production, convinced the artist to espouse the idea of giving the audience an immersive experience that could further enhance the already excellent sound and performance qualities of the CD and Vinyl production.
An immersive experience by Moondays
Hence a new edition on Pure Audio Blu-ray disc. Developed by the production and publishing company Moondays, the immersive concept was overseen and processed by engineer Lorenzo Cazzaniga at Alari Park Studios.
The Pure Audio Blu-ray edition was developed by the production and publishing house Moondays (moondays.it), which immediately took on the challenge, perfectly in tune with how it likes to define itself, namely, "Highly imaginative and innovative."
Founded in Friuli Venezia Giulia and based in Trieste, it is a start-up with consultants and collaborators boasting more than 20 years in the electronic publishing industry.
In fact after this first major production with three-dimensional audio and the related accumulated experience, Moondays has the structure and skills to follow the whole project and is also ready to offer its ultra-specialized know-how as a consultant to majors, independent labels and individual artists who want to produce and/or remix unreleased and catalog albums. It is also able to cover the whole chain, from recording to international distribution and marketing.
Beyond the traditional stereophonic production
In this sense, the creation of an immersive album requires state-of-the-art audio mixing and an additional, massive production effort compared to the traditional stereophonic one. It is in just such a direction that Moondays has set its sights in navigating the magnum sea of Italian and international music, ready to embrace stimulating immersive remix projects for albums and compositions that are as historic as they are contemporary.
It is no coincidence that the first official Moondays release is precisely the Pure Audio Blu-ray edition of Franco Mussida's new album. The work, in fact, fits perfectly with the company's mission: to stimulate and lead the work’s listener on a path of powerful emotional impact, aimed at inner reflection and deep self-knowledge, through listening to one's own inner silence aimed at bringing clarity, light, peace, and trust.
Feel the music, in the depths
"Hearing music not just listening to it, becomes an extremely profound experience if one is able to perceive the silence that lives in a world filled with sound, not as an absence of sound, but as a fine perception of the immense space in which sound can vibrate. "
"A limitless, boundless space that breaks down all barriers, allowing one to be anywhere. That also becomes an absence of time. It is that silence where in a moment you are in the past and simultaneously in the future, but you are aware that you are alive in the present. It is the inner, full, alchemical silence that makes the individual feel part of the whole, with gratitude and warmth, where the I and the You, who inhabit us look at each other, evolving until they merge together. "
The philosophy of the album and the theme of silence are intertwined with the same common thread that unites all Moondays' productions and editions, marked by a continuous osmosis between the themes of art, cinema, literature, nature and spirituality, understood as the search for and listening to one's own consciousness.
All works are proposed through the methodology of immersivity.
This method takes the form of the creation of a multisensory experience, perceived in the first person by each listener, just as it happens to those listening to the immersive album "The Planet of Music and the Journey of Iòtu."
Immersive sound: a multi-sensorial experience that transcends the limits of stereophonic sound.
We often hear the term "immersive sound. "This designation indicates an approach to sound processing and distribution that is different to traditional stereophonic sound. The goal of this different approach is to stimulate a multi-sensory reaction, creating in the listener an experience of immersion in a three-dimensional sound space.
Thus, it is no longer a "simple" frontal sound source, but the reproduction of sounds coming from all directions, truly creating an immersive sound field, capable of stimulating the listener's brain and enabling him or her abstraction from the place where the listening takes place and immersing him or her in the place and time into which the artist intends to take them.
It is an even more intimate experience than that resulting from traditional listening, because by eliminating the physical limitations of the listening space, it allows deep introspection, thanks to the artist's stimulus and intention translated into music.
A virtual place, in the living room
All this is made possible in environments properly equipped for 360-degree sound broadcasting, thanks to systems that can reproduce sounds from all directions, including from above. In these environments, including one’s home, thanks to multichannel home theater systems, the listener then has the illusion of no longer being in his or her living room but a virtual location.
This illusion can be reproduced to a great extent even with "simpler" home systems or even through "binaural" listening, that is, through a pair of headphones.
In any case, the quality of the equipment used plays an important role in the effectiveness of the sound experience and the result’s fidelity and realism.
As proof that immersive audio has rightfully entered the Olympus of the music industry, since 2005 the specific category "Best Immersive Audio Album" has been included among the Grammy Awards, or the Oscars of music.
The first immersive remix that won the Grammy was Genius Loves Company Ray Charles & Various Artists. Over time other masterpiece albums have been awarded the same recognition: Brothers In Arms – Dire Straits, Love -The Beatles, Amused To Death – Roger Waters, Eye in the Sky – 35th Anniversary Edition.
The celebration of a work in hi-tech format
Far from marketing shrieks for their own sake, it is no coincidence that Pure Audio Blu-ray was chosen for this immersive release, the first ever to celebrate the work of an Italian artist in a landmark hi-tech guise.
Thanks to the engineering of the exclusive audio tracks, "The Journey of Iòtu" competes unreservedly with other foreign productions, boasting full distribution on the international market. Among the virtues of Pure Audio is access to the Blu-ray's four audio tracks through the colored buttons on the player's remote control, without forcing navigation via on-screen images.
Maximum respect then for the musical composition as originally conceived, even in its object-based ATMOS® declination.
To preserve then the uncompromising master quality, we have chosen to stay away from the liquid streaming format offering, except for short demonstration excerpts, leaving the possibility of purchasing the album by download mode through the most important international sites specialized in stereo and immersive Hi-Res music, in FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec - with "lossless" data compression for minimum quality loss) and MP4 formats.
The "master" audio quality
We often hear the term "Master" audio quality; it refers to an audio signal that is as faithful as possible to that conceived by the artist in the recording room. Since the advent of digital audio, the Compact Disc has offered a data stream of 16 bits and sampling rate of 44,100 Hz; later technology allowed these values to be increased, increasing the definition in the dynamics and sound sampling rate, improving its digitization and playback quality.
In the digital domain, the fidelity to the original sound depends on the amount of bits used and the amount of times per second the sound is sampled: 1 bit can be worth "0" or "1," so a 16-bit signal has 65,536 (2 to the power of 16) levels in which we can define the amplitude; this happens every time the sound is sampled, for example 44,100 times per second. At 24 bits the levels become 16,777,216, much higher and favoring greater definition and thus fidelity to the original sampled sound.
Relative to the "sampling frequency," as this frequency increases, the sound is sampled a greater number of times per second resulting in greater definition and fidelity to the original sound. Going from 44,100 Hz to 96,000 Hz, for example, we get more information in the time of 1 second, resulting in greater fidelity of the sound reproduced by the system speakers once converted to analog.
"The Planet of Music and the Journey of Iòtu": an immersive space, at home
"Planet of Music and the Journey of Iòtu" is now available in a physical edition on Pure Audio Blu-ray. This technologically more refined edition is dedicated to audiophiles and home theater lovers. The "multi-regional" disc (thus playable with any Blu-ray player worldwide) is a real treat for fans because it represents the real treat for fans because it represents the first work of a new genre.
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Dolby ATMOS® 7.1.4 (24bit / 48KHz)
Auro-3D® 9.1 (24bit / 96KHz)
DTS-HD Master Audio® 5.1 (24bit / 96KHz)
LPCM 2.0 (24bit / 96KHz)
In fact, the Dolby ATMOS® track is contained within the lossless Dolby TrueHD encoding, which preserves backward compatibility and the highest levels of definition, and in which there are the "objects" that enable sound reproduction even from above.
The listening system
The format specifically calls for the use of a system consisting of a 12-speaker rig, including 4 (or at least 2) in the ceiling, 3 front (left, center, right), one dedicated to low-frequency effects (called LFE) and 4 surround (left and right side, left and right rear).
If the space and shape of the listening room are not suitable for the installation of a full ATMOS® system, the format can transit through "simpler" systems such as the many compatible soundbars .
The higher the efficiency, definition and sound power of the hardware, the higher the Hi-Tech spectacle offered by the 13 tracks included in this Pure Audio Blu-ray.
The Auro-3D® encoding
Among the various tracks, the disc offers the rare opportunity to listen to the priceless Auro-3D® encoding, which, similarly to ATMOS®, foresees the placement of 4 channels on the ceiling, the presence of the channel dedicated to low-frequency effects, the center channel, the left and right front channels, and the pair of side channels with respect to the listening position. Compared to Dolby ATMOS®, Auro- 3D® does not include the second pair of rear channels.
The first step toward immersive listening could be a system consisting of a Dolby ATMOS-compatible soundbar and subwoofer .
As mentioned above, the performance and effectiveness of the diffusion will be dependent on the quality of the system, the positioning in the room and the reflectivity offered by the walls (best performance in the absence of draperies), the reflection offered by the ceiling, and the possible (recommended) inclusion of at least two speakers to the rear of the listening point. There are now several unobtrusive solutions with Bluetooth wireless connection.
The next step might be to implement a dedicated amplifier that supports Dolby ATMOS® (usually also DTS:X) and Auro-3D® formats.
This is the case, for example, with Denon's recent 11.4-channel AVC-X3800H model, or the Yamaha Aventage RX-A6A and RX-A8A amplifiers.
Desiring truly enveloping ATMOS® listening requires implementing as many channels as possible, starting with a 5.1.2-channel configuration.
On the other hand, the basic configuration for Auro-3D® has 9.1 channels (not playable from soundbars at the moment) by adding to the front/rear left and right channels, 4 more ceiling channels. With the 10.1-channel configuration, the so-called "Voice of God," a vertical center channel, is added.
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