Tom, Paul, Shai, Ellis,

Thanks for the feedback. I did not mention this, but the CD had just been
taken out of the jewel case for the first time and  I do handle my CDs with
the same care I was taught regarding those black discs that I first
encountered in the 1950's. So, I do not think damage or age is too likely a
culprit (it is a cutout, but I have purchased hundreds from this source,
many on the same label and there have only been one or two that were
defective in any way over the span of probably close to thirty years) The
advice to rip and burn a copy may work, though I am not sure that my cheapo
software lets me load 79 minutes + onto the burn list. I will give it a try
anyway. Thanks for the reminder. I now recall that I had another disc that
sounded like a cellophane factory on fire when I played it on this same CD
player (it may be time to retire it - I wonder if they still make decent
hardware to play this "obsolete format"? ;-|)). I recalled this remedy that
someone mentioned on this list but in a somewhat different context and it
worked like a charm.

Before I drop this whole issue, I have another thought about how to deal
with making recordings of Mr. Feldman's works that often are single
movements lasting well beyond the 63 minute length mentioned in the
response from one of you. Would DVD audio or some other recording format be
a possible work around? I don't know a whole lot about the format, but I do
know that movies a lot longer than an hour and a half commonly fit on a
single DVD.

Just before I decided to hit send, I had a flashback to a recording of
Feldman's second string quartet that takes more than five uninterrupted
hours. My first copy of this recording on Mode was unsatisfactorily broken
up onto five CDs, but there was a subsequent issue of the same recording
pressed onto DVD, which I have just dug out. Guess I answered my own
question. Don't know when I'll carve out the free time to sit down and
enjoy. Maybe after my next all-day Ring Cycle debauch, I can use it to
cleanse my palate.

Thanks again,

Peter Hirsch

On Sun, Sep 7, 2014 at 7:23 AM, Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>

> Peter, I agree with Ellis and Paul about this -- try ripping the CD to
> your computer and either playing from the hard drive or burning another
> copy. Clean the CD first (Ellis is correct about fingerprints). As one who
> has bought many yard-sale and dollar-bin used CDs over the years, I have
> found that many discs which won't play in an audio CD player (especially an
> old one) will rip to WAV or FLAC just fine in my Plextor Pro computer
> DVD/CD drive (now about 10 years old, so it's no spring chicken either). I
> use dBPowerAmp's CD Ripper program, which connects to the AccuRip database
> and tells me if any tracks don't match that data. That happens rarely, and
> many times those tracks still playback just fine or maybe with one digital
> pop that I can do in and remove in Soundforge (in other words one tiny part
> of a track couldn't get error-corrected, which shows up as either a mute or
> more commonly as a near-zero dB spike, which I just hand-write out of the
> waveform like a sharp tick on an LP record).
> In the case of your CD, first clean it carefully, especially the edges.
> Then, handle it only on the rim. Then, try ripping it to WAV on your
> computer.
> -- Tom Fine
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ellis Burman" <
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> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Sunday, September 07, 2014 2:09 AM
> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] CD time limit
>  Hi Peter.  CDs are recorded inside to outside, so a super long CD such as
>> the one you describe has data at the very outer edge of the disc (you
>> should be able to see this data if you hold the disc up to a light). The
>> outer edge is where the disc is handled, so fingerprints and dirt can be a
>> problem, as well as any slight mechanical deformation in the disc.  Your
>> computer's DVD burner spins the disc at high speed, which may help flatten
>> it out somewhat if it is slightly warped.  Also, the computer's error
>> correction might be more robust than that of your CD player.
>> Best,
>> Ellis Burman
>> On Sat, Sep 6, 2014 at 9:52 PM, Peter Hirsch <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>  I am listening to a recording of Morton Feldman's Piano and string
>>> quartet
>>> on a Bridge CD (catalog no. 9369). This piece clocks in at 79:13 and is
>>> recorded as a single track of that length. The sound drops out from time
>>> to
>>> time for a moment, which leads me to wonder if the unusual length of the
>>> disc and track is a factor have listened to this disc on my computer's CD
>>> drive without these dropouts.
>>> Can someone give a lucid, brief, explanation of what causes the dropouts
>>> and why the results are different on my computer and CD player?
>>> Curious as ever,
>>> Peter Hirsch
>> --
>> Ellis
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