The Meanings of Life

The Meanings of Life

Written by Frank Doris

For though your ship be sturdy
No mercy has the sea
Will you survive on the ocean of being?

– Genesis, “Watcher of the Skies”

As long as I gaze on
Waterloo sunset
I am in paradise

– The Kinks, “Waterloo Sunset”

In this issue: Rich Isaacs finds audio nirvana. B. Jan Montana has time to ponder on his epic journey. Anne E. Johnson finds the essence of bossa nova in Astrud Gilberto and looks at the all-too-brief but remarkable career of Amy Winehouse. Our Mindful Melophile Don Kaplan enjoys more jazz. Ray Chelstowski talks with unstoppable rockers Collective Soul. Alón Sagee concludes his interview with synesthetic artist Melissa McCracken. Stuart Marvin examines audiophilia. We have two reports on the new Sphere Immersive Sound (SIS) live-audio system, from Tom Methans and Jay Jay French.

Russ Welton recognizes excellent customer service. Andrew Daly asks Sophia Marie what it’s like to start out as a young artist. I have a conversation with Dan Mackta of high-res audio provider Qobuz. J.I. Agnew takes a close look at more Japanese record cutting lathes. Ken Kessler says noodge and ye shall receive when it comes to reel-to-reel hardware. Rudy Radelic gets to the finish line of the Rust Belt Ramble lemons rally, and remembers the late jazz producer Creed Taylor. The Copper A/V department gets tapped out, analytical, tries to connect, and goes to the movies.

Staff Writers:

J.I. Agnew, Ray Chelstowski, Cliff Chenfeld, 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, Andrew Daly, Jack Flory, Harris Fogel, 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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 – FD

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