Setting the Scene

Setting the Scene

Written by Frank Doris

You go through changes, it may seem strange
Is this what you're put here for?
You think you're happy and you are happy
That's what you're happy for

– Love, “You Set the Scene”

In this issue: Ray Chelstowski interviews rock legend Dave Mason. Russ Welton deals with small-room acoustics. B. Jan Montana learns from senior citizens on his pilgrimage to Sturgis. John Seetoo interviews singer/songwriter Lori Lieberman 50 years after “Killing Me Softly With His Song,” and reviews her Truly album. Ken Kessler sees reel-to-reel hope in a younger generation of audio enthusiasts. Larry Jaffee considers the Compact Disc’s 40th birthday. Harris Fogel wraps up his coverage of the New York Audio Show 2022. I talk with Elliot Goldman of audio distributor Bending Wave USA, and cover Octave Records’ latest album, Shelter by singer/songwriter Megan Burtt. Anne E. Johnson looks at the careers of country music hitmakers the Chicks, and soulful jazz saxophonist Stanley Turrentine.

Tim Riley reviews new classical recordings from pianist Igor Levit, and Beethoven for Three from Emmanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos and Yo-Yo Ma. Our Mindful Melophile Don Kaplan finds much to like in Lyn Stanley’s holiday album. Andrew Daly indulges in Modern Adult Kicks with Hayley and the Crushers. Rudy Radelic remembers jazz great Ramsey Lewis. Stuart Marvin takes a trip to the Museum of Pop Culture. J.I. Agnew notes that if you want to do something right when it comes to record cutting lathes, do it yourself. Audio-Technica celebrates its 60th anniversary. The issue wraps up with remote possibilities, DIY audio, owning up, and fast and bulbous lighting.

Staff Writers:

J.I. Agnew, Ray Chelstowski, Andrew Daly, Harris Fogel, Jay Jay French, Tom Gibbs, Roy Hall, Rich Isaacs, Anne E. Johnson, Don Kaplan, Ken Kessler, Don Lindich, Stuart Marvin, Tom Methans, B. Jan Montana, Rudy Radelic, Tim Riley, Wayne Robins, Alón Sagee, Ken Sander, John Seetoo, Dan Schwartz, Russ Welton, Adrian Wu

Contributing Editors:
Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Jack Flory, Steve Kindig, Ed Kwok, David Snyder, Bob Wood

“Cartoon Bob” D’Amico

James Whitworth, Peter Xeni

Parting Shots:
James Schrimpf, B. Jan Montana, Rich Isaacs (and others)

Audio Anthropology Photos:
Howard Kneller, Steve Rowell

Frank Doris

Paul McGowan

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