Opening Salvo

    The Space Between the Notes

    Issue 164

    Sometimes, music is good. Other times, silence is good.

    It is with sadness that we report that Mr. Atsushi Miura, the founder of high-end tube electronics company AIR TIGHT, has passed away at the age of 88. Recipient of a High-End Audio Hall of Fame award from The Absolute Sound, Miura was the creator of a number of superb-sounding, impeccably built vacuum-tube components, many based around triode tubes. Before founding AIR TIGHT, Miura had spent many years at Luxman, eventually becoming president of its US division. Another audio legend has left us.

    In this issue: Ivan Berger remembers the late Bascom H. King, with comments from Paul McGowan and myself. I conclude our coverage of AXPONA 2022 (lots of photos!) and Ken Kessler reports on the recent UK Tonbridge AudioJumble (lots of photos!). Wayne Robins reviews albums from Arcade Fire and Jon Batiste. Anne E. Johnson considers countertenors, and New Orleans songwriting legend Mary Gauthier. John Seetoo concludes his series on another Southern songwriting great, Shelby Lynne. Tom Methans spends some quality time with the Grado RS1x headphones. Jack Flory begins a series on his favorite concert venues: first stop, Colorado. Andrew Daly takes Solace in the album of the same name by Held By Trees, and interviews the band.

    Adrian Wu continues his series on the joys of monophonic LPs. I cover two new releases from Octave Records: the “Gypsy Grass” group TIERRO Band with Bridget Lee’s Everlasting Dance, and Audiophile Masters, Volume VI. Ray Chelstowski interviews Lawrence Gowan, keyboardist and singer with rock titans Styx, celebrating their 50th anniversary. Rudy Radelic makes the finish line at the 24 Hours of Lemons road rally. Steven Bryan Bieler begins to reveal the secret history of tribute albums. B. Jan Montana’s monumental journey continues. J.I. Agnew finds hardware that makes the cut with his continuing series on record lathes. Tom Gibbs concludes his series on singer/songwriter Nick Drake in high-resolution audio. Russ Welton begins a two-part interview with vinyl mastering engineer Lewis Hopkin. We round out the issue with a pressing decision, undercover listening devices, nothing short of a miracle, and a skyward ascent.

    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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