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Suzanne Ciani Masters “LIVE Quadraphonic” Vinyl at Bernie’s

Suzanne Ciani, the “Diva of the Diode,” has mastered “LIVE Quadraphonic” at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, CA. The digital album drops on her birthday June 4th, 2018, with 227 numbered Quadraphonic vinyl packages available for direct pre-order and at Ace Hotel locations around the world June 29th. 

Both the discrete (four channel) and the Quad-encoded stereo (two channel) formats were mastered by Scott Sedillo in BGM’s 5.1 mastering studio. The mastered Quad encoded stereo was then cut to 12”, 45rpm lacquer master discs by Chris Bellman.

The performance, recorded live at Gray Area in San Francisco on March 5, 2016, was Ciani’s first solo Buchla synthesizer performance in 40 years, beginning a string of exclusive quadraphonic performances around the world at events including Ableton LOOP, Marfa Myths, MOCA Detroit, Moogfest, Terraforma, Red Bull Music Academy, Sonar, SXSW and an upcoming performance at Ambient Church in New York City.

Suzanne’s performance at Gray Area, like every other since that day, have been in the long forgotten Quadraphonic format: the earliest true 360° listening format, of which the original Buchla 200 synthesizer natively output via the Buchla 227 quad output module. Since that performance, a global team of sonic experts has worked together to rebirth this historic Quadraphonic vinyl LP.

For this experimental release and inspired by the Buchla 227 quad output module, there is a limited edition of only 227 LPs, numbered, 45 rpm, 180g quadraphonic vinyl discs available, plus a custom quadraphonic hardware decoder made in collaboration with Involve Audio to decode two channels of audio from the vinyl disc back to the four-channel recording — with stunning results. The vinyl discs were thoughtfully pressed at Jack White’s Third Man Pressing plant in Detroit, MI and are fully compatible for play with any vinyl playback systems in stereo. Current owners of vintage Regular Matrix quadraphonic receivers may also listen to “LIVE Quadraphonic” in quad via any format, digital download, streaming, radio broadcast or vinyl.
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The name Bernie Grundman is synonymous with Mastering. His world-renowned facilities, responsible for a consistently large percentage of chart recordings, were launched in 1984. In 1997, Grundman opened his Tokyo mastering studios and in 1998 relocated to expanded facilities in Hollywood. Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood operates six studios, including a 5.1 mastering room. All processing devices can be completely bypassed, resulting in sonic quality that is unsurpassed in the mastering industry. Virtually all digital and analog formats are accepted for mastering, with the facility providing high quality disk masters, and sub-masters for CD. Grundman’s custom consoles are built in-house with all discrete electronics.