Goldberg Acoustica

Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D

This performance is a one take improvisation on Bach’s Goldberg Variations, one of the masterpieces of the Baroque period. Seven of Los Angeles’ best studio players traded solos and created a musical marvel. This is the first Blu-ray 3D Disc!


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In the summer of 2010, AIX Records recorded 7 new projects using prototype Panasonic 3D video cameras. The first of these projects to make it through the post production process was the Goldberg Variations Acoustica, which was released as the world’s first 3D Music Album&trade on August 3 of that year. It is not a live concert Blu-ray disc like virtually all other blu-ray titles although it does have HD-Video of the entire session. It is a single take improvisation based on the Baroque masterpiece of J.S. Bach, my favorite composer. The AIX All Star Band has done three previous “acoustica” projects with us and each has its own quality.

This project has been called the “world’s best sounding Blu-ray” disc and has earned a number of other accolades for the quality of the sound and the terrific music making by the members of the ensemble. See the reviews section on right for additional commentary.

Goldberg Variations Acoustica was shot using 3D cameras and is a completely compliant Blu-ray 3Dâ„¢ but is completely compatible with both 2D HDTVs and audio playback equipment.

Audio Samples:

  1. Aria –
  2. Variation 1 –
  3. Variation 2 –
  4. Variation 3 –
  5. Variation 4 –
  6. Variation 5 –
  7. Variation 6 –
  8. Variation 7 –
  9. Quodlibet –

Additional information

Weight 4 oz
Dimensions 7.5 × 6 × 0.5 in

Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D


Carl Verheyen

2 reviews for Goldberg Acoustica

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    “That’s got to be the most incredible sound I’ve ever heard. I’m the middle of your podcast on iTunes with home theater geek. And this was on my Boston Acoustic PC speakers. I can’t wait to hear something like this on my Home Speaker with 5.1 surround sound, what ever it is your doing don’t stop!”

    Leroy from NJ

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    Goldberg Variations Acoustica: A Brilliant Recording You Might Have Missed

    By Mark Smotroff | July 26, 2013 6:53 AM

    I am passionate about music AND I also happen to have spent a goodly portion of my career in marketing communications supporting (largely) entertainment technology related companies. So when I see an obvious missed opportunity, I frequently find myself scratching my head as to what led to a particular release’s circumstance.

    For example, a friend gave me a copy of a Blu-ray Disc album titled Goldberg Variations Acoustica. It wasn’t opened and I too almost re-gifted it because (a) I’d not heard of it and (b) I was not compelled to open it as it looked like one of those a-typical, lame audiophile recordings that usually frustrate me. You know, the ones that are beautifully recorded but heartlessly performed. Yet, for some reason, I decided to put this one on, probably because of the superstar talent on it with whom I was familiar.

    The performing group was named “The AIX All Star Band.” Fortunately, I knew a number of the musicians listed in the group: guitarist Dean Parks has played on records by everyone from Steely Dan to Billy Joel to Michael Jackson (Thriller, Off The Wall) and Laurence Juber who was in the later incarnation of Paul McCartney’s Wings!

    I am glad I decided to crack open this package as the recording is pretty wonderful; clearly a lot of care was put into its lush 5.1 surround (and 2.0 stereo) high resolution mixes (and 3D video). More importantly, it is played with a palpable sense of feeling.

    There is little information on the outside of the package describing the music. If I had been hired to write the promotional copy for this album I might say something about how this music takes the listener on a journey fusing progressive rock and jazz improvisation with classical themes, creating a distinctive sound that is fresh, yet at once familiar, recalling influences from Pink Floyd and Pat Metheny to Ralph Towner’s Oregon. In fact, this music reminds me of no less than Bruce Hornsby sitting in on a good night with The Grateful Dead over an extended Dark Star (a legendary two chord song/jam which serves as a launch a pad for extended musical exploration). This is a good thing.

    The first few minutes or so of the introduction has a bit of Bach flavor, but once Dean Parks’ lovely digital-delay-drenched, Bill Frisell-esque guitar kicks in around the 3:30 mark (with lovely, trippy-but-subtle reverse effect), you know this music is going to travel well beyond its baroque roots.

    By about 10 minutes into the piece, drums, acoustic stand up bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar and acoustic piano are in full-on jam-band mode. Parks’ guitar work is just gorgeous, played on his beautiful Paul Reed Smith electric with delicate use of whammy bar and effects giving way to a jam with Laurence Juber on acoustic guitar. Eventually, the whole band kicks into a rollicking section reminiscent of the end of Elton John’s “Burn Down The Mission.”

    No pun intended, it’s pretty smokin’!

    Frankly given this type of music, it would have been a lot cooler to wrap this package in some really cool Roger Dean-quality artwork instead of the colorful-but-Silicon Valley-flavored digital swirl type graphic that graces the cover. Fortunately, scanning the label’s website, it looks like the label, AIX Records, has improved their packaging quite a bit since this release.

    But I digress…

    The surround mix is lush and enveloping, yet feels very natural. You can listen to the 96 kHz/24-bit surround sound audio two ways (stage and audience mixes) as well as in 2.0 stereo. The simple but effective camera work captures the group recording live in the studio. It was recorded in 3D HD (but as I do not have a 3D TV, I can only imagine that it would look pretty spiffy).

    Anyhow, there you have it. Another cool release worth seeking out. Don’t get thrown by the packaging for Goldberg Variations Acoustica. There is some good stuff in there.

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