Recording Tech [6:03 pm]
Digital technology has put the “instant” into many forms of instant gratification. Instant messaging, instant photography via cellphones and instant-answer Web sites are just a few areas where people no longer have to wait for real-time satisfaction.
And now, in a growing number of nightclubs and music arenas, audiences leaving a performance can buy a CD recording of the live concert that is still ringing in their ears
[...] Mr. [David] Griner and his brother, James, have received the first patent for “creating digital recordings of live performances.” Their process uses microphones, recording and audio mixing hardware and software, CD burners and a method of executing the recording and burning process to make it unique.
[...] But the Griners’ system is not the only one for churning out instant CD’s for jazz musicians, independent bands and classic rock acts. Several companies are licensed to record live performances and sell the CD’s to audiences immediately afterward. Some also offer them for delivery within a couple of days, and several say they have patents pending. The two largest use huge trucks to move their recording and CD-burning operations from venue to venue.
[...] “The genesis of the idea is that I’m a big live music fan, and always have been, especially for some of the lesser-known bands,” David Griner explained. “With bands at that level, a lot of what goes into a concert and what you go to see can’t ever be captured again. A lot of it comes across in what they say and do. It doesn’t come out on the studio CD or live recordings. I’ve always been bothered that it was lost forever. I wished I could bottle it and carry it home.”
He and his younger brother James, 40, an electrical engineer who lives outside Seattle, also wanted their invention to combat bootlegging.
[...] “Bootlegs are less appealing because someone else gets the money, and the artist is not getting anything,” David Griner said. “Especially for the people I go see. Most are starving to death anyway. So I didn’t want to take away their money.”