T Bone Burnett Showcases New Recording Technology with Bob Dylan Re-Recordings

Guitarist and producer T Bone Burnett debuted his new analog sound reproduction technology by dropping an album of re-recorded Bob Dylan songs. These songs resulted in the Iconic Originals—the new discs developed by Burnett.

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“An Ionic Original is the pinnacle of recorded sound,” Burnett said in a statement. “It is archival quality. It is future-proof. It is one of one. Not only is an Ionic Original the equivalent of a painting, it is a painting. It is lacquer painted onto an aluminum disc, with a spiral etched into it by music. This painting, however, has the additional quality of containing that music, which can be heard by putting a stylus into the spiral and spinning it.

“When describing the quality that raises analog sound above digital sound, the word ‘warmth’ is often used,” Burnett further noted. “Analog sound has more depth, more harmonic complexity, more resonance, better imaging. Analog has more feel, more character, more touch. Digital sound is frozen. Analog sound is alive.”

Burnett was a part of Dylan’s band in the 1970s and quickly rose to fame as a guitarist. He has also helped create music for films, including O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Cold Mountain (2004), Walk the Line (2005), and Crazy Heart (2010). The producer’s other notable credits include working with Elvis Costello and Roy Orbison as well as winning Album of the Year and Record of the Year Grammy Awards for Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’ Raising Sand.

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