Q: You’re very familiar with all aspects of audio technology and even lecture professionally on digital compression. What do you think of High-Resolution Audio as a source?
A: Well, I remember hearing high-res audio when it first started appearing. At the time, you couldn’t hear it easily on a Walkman and I thought maybe it was fine for listening on special occasions. But now I feel it should be much more widely used, especially for composing. It’s a completely different sound than what you get on a CD.
Q: You’re currently working with voice actors and the "Stand Up! Project" label. Is voice a new focus for you?
A: Absolutely. Our company is making CDs for young girls. We use head-shaped microphones and play all the sound from them; you quickly learn to recognise who is talking to you, and from which direction. The rich sound of high resolution really makes it sound great.
Q: What are people’s expectations of music in this new high-resolution age?
A: What listeners really want—and will buy—is music that evokes the desire to possess it. When you hear music on a nice high-res player, it’s so much better; you simply want to have it, to own it for yourself.