Opening Salvo

Beyond the Listening Room

Issue 31

By the time you read this, Axpona will be over. With the blessings of the pixel pixies, we’ll have a feature next issue.

We seem to be well and truly into Spring, here in Boulder—days are sunny and warmish, things are in bloom, allergies are aggravated. May snowstorms are not unknown here, but seem awfully unlikely  when sitting in the sun.

All this means that there is life beyond the listening room. What better than to sit on your deck or in the park, and read Copper? And yes, you have my permission to enjoy a beverage or two…

This issue is full of good stuff, says the ever-modest Editor.  Professor Schenbeck leads off with a look at American-made symphonic pieces; Dan Schwartz introduces us to Swiss composer Nik Bärtsch; Richard Murison branches out to discuss temperament, equal-, well-, and foul-; Jay Jay French reveals the mysteries behind pop music and politics; Duncan Taylor returns to the genre of Livetronica with EOTO; new contributor Anne E. Johnson writes about the dramatic indie artist Brendan Maclean;  Woody Woodward takes an emotional and evocative look at Johnny Winter; and I write about tone and the Mother Of All Speakers (no, really).

Something Old/Something New contains reviews of records by two wildly-different artists: Damaged Bug and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (!?!). Industry News has more bad news about retailer hhgregg, and the bizarre return of Neil Young to the contentious world of hi-res. We have three strong features: first, tube amp designer Roger Gibboni writes about that mysterious warmth; our friend Jim Smith is back with more answers to reader questions; and reader-turned-contributor B. Jan Montana once again faces domestic discord. We wrap up this issue with another reader system in In My Room, and a timely Parting Shot.

One final nag/reminder: we’d love to help audio societies publicize their activities and upcoming meetings. Let us know about what you’re doing, or write up a recent event—send it and some clear pics to us via the email tab at the top of the page, and we’ll get you up on High Society—which will be back soon, along with new interviews, more new contributors, and new topics.

Until next issue—enjoy Spring!

Cheers, Leebs.

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