Issue 35

Opening Salvo: Retro-Introspection?
Welcome to Copper #35! Lately, I've been blathering a lot about aging, even right here in this space last issue....
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Too Much Tchaikovsky: Getting to Know György
György Kurtág (b. 1926) is old. Really old. If his music sounds young—somehow new—that may simply be due to his...
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Music, Audio, and Other Illnesses: Wild About Harry (Pearson)
Some time ago, I wrote, first for Paul McGowan, and re-published in PFO a couple years ago, about why I...
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The Audio Cynic: Believing Our Ears
There are times when I regret having named this column "The Audio Cynic". Some days, "Skeptic" would be more appropriate....
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Quibbles and Bits: Why Moore's Law Should Blow Your Mind
Most of you will be familiar with Moore’s Law, formulated by Gordon E. Moore, the founder of Intel, waaaaay back...
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Twisted Systems: Long Island, Part 2
The following Monday morning after the delivery and installation of the $100k system that was used just to listen to...
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Behind the Glass: Seth Glier
Today's musical showcase is accompanied by a genuine feel-good story of service and activism. No, not political activism, thank God....
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Vintage Whine: Horns, Part 4
We wrapped up our last installment with the end of World War II, the formation of Altec-Lansing after the break-up of...
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... And Indie for All: Jófríður Ákadóttir
It’s tempting to picture Björk as the only singer-songwriter in Iceland, wandering alone over the frozen tundra with only her...
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Music to My Ears: Southern Rock and The Allman Brothers: The ReRebirth of the Blues
In March 1971 the Allman Brothers started a three day gig at Bill Graham’s Fillmore East with Mountain opening, then...
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Something Old / Something New: Lute!
One of the defining factors of High Baroque music is the explosion in the number of instrumental pieces being composed....
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Industry News: B & O Sells Czech Factory to Tymphany
Bang & Olufsen completes divestiture of its Czech subsidiary and announces non-cash adjustments to the balance sheet [Full disclosure: I...
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Featured: Montana Goes to the LA Audio Show
The LAX Sheraton (shown above with my good friend Jim Lindstrom, whose enthusiasm for audio knows no bounds) was a...
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Featured: What's Always the Most Important Component in Your System?
I’ve lost count of the number of homes I’ve visited where the resident audiophile had assembled an expensive sound system...
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Parting Shot: Life on the Rocks
In a harsh environment, life thrives.