Quibbles and Bits

If No One Ever Reads This Column…

…did I actually write it? There is a catchy phrase,…

Beethoven’s Last Christmas

In 1825 and 1826, Ludwig van Beethoven was nearing the…

The Volume Of A Pizza

Numbers, and the mathematics that describe them, can help you…

Information

6: “What do you want?” 2: “Information.” 6: “You won’t…

40 Most Beautiful Arias

I wouldn’t normally give a “Rack Filler” CD a moment’s…

Oh, I Bumped Into Elton John Today…

Actually, it was in 2002, but that’s okay. I was…

The Lion and Albert

From the 1920’s through the 1950’s, one of the most…

Lost Boys

John MacCormick My family moved to the city of Leicester,…

John Corigliano: Symphony No. 1

In the world of classical music, you typically need to…

Building Teams

I spent the latter half of my career as an…

“Are you SURE you want to do this?”

In Copper issues 60 and 61, I interviewed Princeton University…

Audiophile Haiku

A haiku is a traditional Japanese form of poetry, although…

Goodnight, Irene

I do enjoy a Single Malt scotch … the good…

Command and Control

I have just read what is without hesitation the most…

Me and Kenny Dalglish

I was born in Glasgow, Scotland.  At age 10 my…

Dispersion

“Knowledge increases by diffusion, and grows by dispersion” – Daniel…

Musicians, Restauranteurs, Plumbers

You read a lot of brouhaha within the audio community…

Au Revoir, Dutoit

About ten years ago I shared an airplane ride with…

Hi-Fi Shows

I was tasked by Editor Leebs to cover my local…

De Vriend’s Beethoven Cycle

I wrote in the last issue of Copper about how…

Roll Over, Beethoven

If you were a professional orchestra conductor – or even…

Much Ado About Nothing

Sometimes the dumbest questions can be the toughest ones to…

Does Science Have to Make Sense?

The origins of science, and the scientific method, have to…

Contemplating Eternity

When I first started writing for Copper, my mandate was…

A Survey of Recordings of Shostakovich Symphony No. 4

Back in Copper #39 I wrote a piece on the unsung…

Going to Hong Kong

British Land Forces, Hong Kong 29th August, 1949 Hello Jock,…

Ancestry

A while back, I started messing about researching into my…

The Sound Of Music

The entirety of the field of Philosophy arises from two…

Sounds Good to Me

What attributes should an item of equipment in a sound…

30 Years

I am an ex-Pat Brit, living in Canada for the…

To Sleep. Perchance to Dream.

What do we do, as a society, when we are…

20th Century Classical Music – the “Navel Gazing” Era?

In the world of Classical Music, the end of the…

Everest

This year, so far at least, eleven people have died…

That Whose Name May Not Be Spoken

In every corner of life there are guilty secrets, ancient…

A Murder of Symmetry

Ronnie McGill received a note, mysteriously signed “Michael Schumacher”, which…

21st Century Schizoid LP

It was all the way back in the 1980’s that…

Lasers

Ever wondered how lasers work?…Wondered what it is that gives…

Great Opera

Here’s what I wrote back in Copper 72: “Many people…

Monty Python’s 3rd Symphony

“He’s done something no other composer has attempted. He’s placed…

The Mikado

Our great Mikado, virtuous man, when he to rule our…

Audiophile Science

There is one consistent misconception that non-scientists have about science,…

Quantum Theory

Quantum Theory troubles many people, even some of those who…

The Life of Brian

Havergal Brian was one of the most prolific English composers…

A Case of the Jitters

Let’s take our good old standby, the Red Book standard…

Jack the Dripper

Most aspects of modern life at the personal level tend…

Doh! A Deer!

When I was a kid, growing up in a rough…

The Final Frontier

Consider for a moment the Fourier Transform, which I discussed…

Did Fred Flintstone Have Digital Audio?

I am listening to one of the earliest high-resolution digital…

The Absolute Sound

Let me describe something I was very fortunate to be…

Preposterous Nonsense!

Back in Issue 22, in response to my column “Purer,…

A Brief History of Life, The Universe, and Everything

Episode IX – Apocalypse Now? It is my contention that…

Taking FLAC

You hear and read a lot of strange stuff in…

Cardinal Sinc

PCM encodes audio as a set of samples, each representing…

Purer, More Perfect Sound

I have spent a lot of time focusing on the…

Sample Rate Conversion

Question:  How does sample rate conversion work?  I get asked…

To Be or Not To Be Lossless

What does “lossless” mean in audio terminology?  It seems like…

Fifty Years After

Back in 2000, Dr. Michael Unser of the Swiss Federal…

Transformation

What is the biggest, most fundamental difference between Mathematics and…

Sigma–Delta Modulators – Part III

At this point I promised to conclude my mini-series on…

Sigma Delta Modulators Part II

In my last column, I wrote about how a SDM…

Sigma–Delta Modulators – Part I

I have mentioned Sigma–Delta Modulators (SDMs) in this column before.…

The Pepsi Challenge

With the rise of computer-based high-end audio playback, a very…

The Digital Revolution

Digital Audio has revolutionized music playback. It was originally conceived…

Conversion Conversation

Today’s DACs, with a few very rare (and expensive) exceptions,…

My Kingdom for a DAC

One of the nice things about digital audio is that…

Of Mirrors, and Combs

Mirror, mirror, on the wall… Here’s a quick challenge for…

Cross-country Skiing

I expect all of you will be well familiar with…

Bates—Mason, Not Norman

I have recently been introduced to the American composer Mason…

Loudness

It was Lee Atwater, a controversial campaign strategist for Bush…

Brainz the Size of a Planet, Part 3

I have been describing the free-access crowd-sourced music metadata database…

Brainz The Size of a Planet, Part 2

In the last edition of Copper, I introduced MusicBrainz, a…

Brainz The Size of a Planet, Part 1

There is a seismic shift underway in the manner by…

Close Your Eyes

All too often, as audiophiles, we are torn between listening…

Like a Circle in a Spiral

On a piano keyboard, most of us know that all…

“The Japanese Beethoven”

Modern popular music differs most significantly from classical music in…

Lord of the Ring

Sir Georg Solti was one of the preeminent conductors of…

Cocktail Party

You will all know the old chestnut where, if you…

Value For Money?

Upgrading your Hi-Fi equipment can be both deeply satisfying, and…

What Is a Symphony?

Most of you who do not make a habit of…

Two’s a Compliment

[The article deals with two’s complement, but the title was…

Whack-a-Mole

As 1936 dawned in Soviet Russia, Joseph Stalin had already…

Tim’s Vermeer

Not long ago, I watched a documentary on Netflix from…

Happiness is a Warm Bun

At least it can be, when that bun is freshly…

The Thrill of the Chase

I had a friend named Steve (not his real name).…

Not Patently Obvious

And now for something completely different – a brief detour…

Why Moore’s Law Should Blow Your Mind

Most of you will be familiar with Moore’s Law, formulated…
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