Opening Salvo

    Numerologist’s Delight

    Issue 61

    Welcome to Copper #61!

    Someone, somewhere will undoubtedly be able to extract immense meaning from the numerological confection that is the date of this issue: 6/18/18. That person is not me. I envision a bunch of Columbia mathematicians like our friend Karl Sigman getting together and spinning out the analysis in the style of the Sugarhill Gang…hence the title.


    Having been born on the 6-heavy date 6/16/56, I have on occasion been told that such should give me a leg up when it comes to winning the lottery, getting a better rate on a mortgage, meeting Scarlett Johansson….

    As they used to say in Memphis: ain’t none of it happened. So—back to work!

    Speaking of work, John Seetoo follows up last issue’s interview with Renaissance man Kamel Boutros with a look at Boutros’ work in preserving and restoring the elderly Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ at Calvary Episcopal Church in New York.  Richard Murison began his interview with rocket scientist/surround-sound pioneer Edgar Choueiri last issue; this issue’s installment continues with a further explanation of Edgar’s fascinating work. Regarding things that kinda sorta work: our Gautam Raja looks at tweaks that work great…until they burn your house down.

    As mentioned last issue, our Anne E. Johnson is starting a new column in this issue. In Off the Chats, Anne will bring us worthwhile-but-obscure music from well-known artists. She will continue her acclaimed classical survey reviews in Something Old/ Something New, every other issue. I’m also very pleased to introduce new contributor Christian James Hand‘s column Hand Picked. Christian is a musician and LA-market radio personality, and will be dissecting some major rock records, track by track—starting with Bob Seger’s Stranger In Town.

    In our regular columns, resident Professor of Musicology Larry Schenbeck  explores the musical delights of summer; ; Dan Schwartz encounters RootMasterSound—whatever that is; Richard Murison disperses some wisdom on the somewhat-arcane subject of loudspeaker dispersionJay Jay French looks at a guitar influence that may surprise you, Spider From Mars Mick RonsonRoy Hall tells us about his stint as a bigshot owner of thoroughbreds; and I look at the joys of social media, and examine audio terminology that we take for granted, but which may be gibberish to laymen.

    Industry News looks at the $85 billion AT&T/Time Warner deal, and what it will mean for future deals; meanwhile, there are still more bizarre happenings in the death throes of Sears.

    Copper #61 concludes with another incident of audio-related marital discord from Charles Rodrigues, and a lovely Parting Shot from Paul McGowan.

    Woody Woodward is taking a brief sabbatical, and will return in a few issues.

    Thanks for reading, and see you next issue!

    Cheers, Leebs.

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