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RUSH: Okay, I’ll answer the question. People watching on the Dittocam: ‘Rush, it looks like you’re playing an air violin in there. What are you listening to?’ Mozart 40 in G minor by Waldo de los Rios. I played this song in Pittsburgh in 1972. It is a pop version of Mozart’s symphony G minor, got a lot of percussion in it. I always liked it, and it’s one of these songs that you just know that the conductor, the musicians were happy as hell when they were playing it, when they were performing it, and it makes you happy as hell listening to it, or happy. Hell is not happy. It makes you happy. And it’s not available at iTunes. I looked. It’s not there.BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: All right, I knew I shouldn’t have done this. People are saying, ‘If you can’t get it on iTunes why are you telling us about it?’ Well, you can get it. I got the CD from Amazon. Here. Waldo de los Rios. There are three CDs I found with the tune on it. This is Grandes Exitos. He’s got a greatest hits album. This guy is Argentinean from the early seventies, and I remember playing this. I always loved classical music but this is a pop version of it and people said, ‘What are you grooving to in there?’ because I’m playing the air violin here sometimes. Since we last spoke, we have taken a couple patch cords here and we have enabled my iTunes to be able to be broadcast on the program.

Now, when we finish this, Brian, you’re going to disconnect that. Because it’s actually my entire computer output here that we’re going to be broadcasting for you here. So you gotta disconnect that. Right? So let me reach back here. Now, the thing goes 4:25. I’m not going to play the whole thing, but I’m going to play enough of it so you understand what I meant when I said just makes you happy listening to it and again it’s a pop version of a great classical, shall we say, ‘tune.’ A fine, fine work. Mozart symphony 40, G minor. This is Waldo de los Rios.

(playing Waldo de los Rios song)

RUSH: One moment. I forgot to explain something, folks. I’ll recue this. For those of you listening to AM this is going to really thump at you, ’cause I had Brian record this on a CD through the Flamethrower. I grew up in the days of AM-only radio with convertibles and so forth and Motown and these people they compressed. They compressed the music. The volume level at every point in the song is the same. Low volume is sucked up — and you can hear if a great compressor is in action. You can hear the ‘ssssssup!’ suck-up. You can actually hear it brought down. So when songs fade out, the fade-out, it just stops because the compressor keeps it up. I just happen to like listening to music that way. Now, like every engineer I’ve ever worked with, he says, ‘It’s distortion! You’re just distorting it!’ I don’t care if it’s distortion, I happen to like it. Shut up! You’re telling me my preference somehow is not right because it’s not pure. But I happen to love compressed music. So here. Let me go back to the beginning of this thing. We have 14 seconds on it. Here we go. I’ll not interrupt it much to give you a flavor of it here. Waldo de los Rios, Mozart, G minor.

(playing Waldo de los Rios song)

RUSH: This is the EIB Network.

(Waldo de los Rios song continues)

RUSH: Now, on your version you can barely hear this. The compression is bringing it way up.

(Waldo de los Rios song continues)

RUSH: I doubt Jay-Z is grooving to it, but I like it.

(Waldo de los Rios song continues)

RUSH: Again, very quiet on the record but not on this version.

(Waldo de los Rios song continues)

RUSH: Doesn’t this just make you feel good?

(Waldo de los Rios song continues)

RUSH: I’m going to see if the turtles on the beach like this or not, some night soon.

(Waldo de los Rios song continues)

RUSH: Waldo de los Rios and Mozart’s symphony 40 in G minor. Now, the bad thing about playing that for you is if you make an effort to go out and get the CD it won’t sound that way to you because you do not have a Flamethrower to play this through. One thing compression does: It probably almost doubles the volume. One of the reasons compression was used back in the old AM Top 40 jock days was every station wanted to be the loudest on the dial as you were tuning through it, because it was the loudness that attracted you. So some stations just zapped that compression at you, and I just always loved it and that’s why I’ve never really liked music on FM because it’s not nearly as compressed (’cause the engineers don’t want to ‘distort’ it) and you probably hear the distortion more on FM. But nevertheless that’s Waldo de los Rios and that’s what I’m grooving to.


RUSH: I think I finally illustrated compression. People have found Waldo de los Rios Mozart 40 G Minor online, and they played it. My brother was one of them. ‘It sounds nothing like the version you played.’ It’s the same version. I just put it through a Flamethrower. So people ask, ‘What’s a Flamethrower?’ It’s a product made by Aphex. It’s a piece of broadcast equipment. You can’t get this at home. Just like you shouldn’t try to do this program at home, you can’t get an Aphex Flamethrower at home. Even if you could, you wouldn’t know how to put it into your system. It’s a piece of broadcast equipment. Only highly trained specialists like me have access to it.

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