The birth of a child is always a cause for celebration. For the new parent, it’s also a time of uncertainty and anxiety: Am I doing this right? Is THAT normal??
Creating Copper has been pretty much the same for us. There is exhilaration, the excitement of starting something completely new, of charting the course as we go. And of course, there is the desire to do everything perfectly.
The first issue of Copper, now before you, requires a little by way of introduction. Copper is dedicated to furthering the art of home audio reproduction, and growing the community that supports it. Whether you call it Hi-Fi, hi-res, or High-End doesn’t matter; such labels tend to separate and isolate people, which is exactly what we don’t want to do. We’ll do our best not to be audio snobs.
Any system, technology, or category of product that faithfully reproduces music, honoring its source and intent, qualifies as fair game to us. Vinyl, digital, portable, expensive, inexpensive, new or old: if it makes music, it’s of interest to our readers.
Copper is not a traditional audio magazine. It is published by a well-established audio manufacturer, and we hope you do buy our products… but that’s not the point of this magazine. Copper won’t sell or promote products, services, or advertising. Instead, Copper aims to inform, entertain, inspire, motivate and build community.
We believe that a diverse, strong, well informed community of like-minded people, sharing ideas, news, and knowledge benefits all. We don’t believe in trickle-down economics, but we do believe that a rising tide floats all boats.
Copper will not focus or feature equipment or reviews; there are plenty of great print and online resources that cover this. Copper will bring to its readers the most interesting voices of the audio and music industries. Interviews, thought-provoking articles, opinions––sometimes strong ones, that we may disagree with— technology, knowledge, music, humor, advice, perhaps an occasional piece of fiction.
I like to think of Copper as the New Yorker of audio and music. I say that not to sound unbearably pretentious, but to indicate the high standards to which we aspire: well-written prose that stimulates, informs, encourages and moves its readers.
Copper welcomes your voice too. If you have a comment, positive or negative, we want to hear from you. Each issue will feature the best of those comments. You’re encouraged to contribute in other ways too. We intend to feature systems that our readers are proud of, from the smallest desktop to the biggest ass-kicking zillion dollar rig. If you’re making good music at home, share it with others. We’ll handle writing the article for you—just supply us with photos, notes and a few paragraphs about the system, and we’ll take care of the rest.
Copper is free. If you enjoy its contents, and we hope you will, help us build community by subscribing and spreading the word. Servers willing and Boulder Creek don’t rise, we’ll publish each and every week.
It’s always a nail-biter to launch any new project, and Copper is no different. From the beginning, we’ve been met with skepticism about our ability to launch a magazine without benefit of advertising, or hope for financial reward. We believe down to our bones in supporting the community that we are a part of, and have faith in our goal of helping more people enjoy music in their homes.
We hope you will join us.