Music, Audio, and Other Illnesses

    What Is a Song?

    Warning: more Beatles content. Of course, they’re many people’s favorite…

    The New Old Way

    We can all remember those moments when everything in our…

    Paul Kantner Is Dead

    He died on Thursday, January 28th. The news hit me…

    The Mystery Of The Making

    I never think about how mysterious the process of contemporary…

    Thoughts On Triage

    (As mentioned in the last issue, David Baerwald’s Triage was…

    The Tuesday Night Music Club

    Sometime during the summer of 1992 I got a call…

    Two Kinds Of Hits

    We have a hit. We’ve been hit. Both are true.…

    The Sound Your Head Makes When It Hits the Table

    Enough about the Sheryl Crow record. Well, no --- but…

    In My Dreams

    Sometime in 1995, Bill Bottrell called and wanted me to…

    Fretting About Fretboards

    CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of…

    Leon

    2016 has been a helluva year. You know: the list…

    Waiting for the Black Cadillac

    Who knows what’s behind our taste? A record that I…

    It's a Lonely World

    I didn’t set out to be a hired gun, but…

    I Was Watching You

    One of the things that happens to musicians as we…

    On Words In Music

    I was trying to figure out when and where I…

    Courtney Hartman and the Mysterious Ghost

    In October, I appeared at a 3-day event called the…

    Steve Reich: Drumming

    When I was 17, I discovered the compositional style called…

    The Restless Mind: At Last, At Rest

    I had begun to write about my early years listening…

    Breaking Glass

    To pick up the story: Shortly after I first heard…

    Terry Riley

    Which Terry Riley? I first heard A Rainbow in Curved…

    Ducks In a Row

    For about six months of my life, around the time…

    The Minimalist Groove of Nik Bärtsch

    I first heard of composer Nik Bärtsch from director Robert…

    Silence Isn't Silent

    Let me tell you about Bernie Leadon. Bernie came to…

    96,000 People Can't Be That Wrong

    As I write this, I’m listening to the early Flying…

    It Was 50 Years Ago....

    … a couple days ago. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club…

    Wild About Harry (Pearson)

    Some time ago, I wrote, first for Paul McGowan, and…

    Whistling Down the Wire

    Paul McGowan’s recent column brought something to mind that I’ve been…

    Net Neutrality

    Net Neutrality – the Why, but mostly the Why Not…

    Roon: What's It Building In There??

    A couple of years ago, along with a DirectStream DAC,…

    The Great Wall

    In the early 70s, the Grateful Dead were the most…

    Meetings With Remarkable Men, Part 1

    Last time out, I wrote a bit about the Grateful…

    Meetings With Remarkable Men, Part 2

    I wasn’t much of a Grateful Dead fan at first.…

    Meetings With Remarkable Men, Part 3

    In the previous two articles, I wrote about encountering Jack…

    Brothers In Arms

    While I’ve been contemplating my next piece, I’ve been thinking…
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    Why Doesn't My System Sound Better?
    (Or: A Neurotic's Confession)

    By any objective measure, it sounds incredible. But you know…

    The Story of "All I Wanna Do" (as I remember it)

    I was talking to Paul McGowan a week or so…

    What Is a Bass?

    I’ve been contemplating this topic for a little while, although…

    What Is a Bass? Part 2: Jack's $4,000 Revolution

    Last issue I started writing about what made an electric…

    What Is a Bass? Part 3: Alternative Materials

    In the first two installments, I talked about a bit…

    What Is a Bass? Part 4: Electronic Guitars

    I want to wrap up this attempt to answer the…

    Danny Thompson

    While writing the last few chapters, I talked on occasion…

    In Defense of Taste

    My last piece seems to have raised some eyebrows, though…

    The Big Rock Show

    Some friends of mine have been putting on a big…

    Sandwiches of You

    A couple issues back, discussing the NAMM convention, I mentioned…

    My Helios

    I’ve been asked a couple times about the recording /…

    The Sound of Microphones

    Specifically, Neumann LDCs, or Large Diaphragm Condensers. You know how…

    Mix A vs. Mix B

    In the dark, dim past, on a dark and stormy…

    Why Doesn't My System Sound Better? Part 2

    About half a year ago, in Copper #45, I wrote…

    Listening, Not Hearing

    A few days ago, I was lying on my couch,…

    Structure Needs a Firm Foundation

    I’ve had a BHK Signature preamp for about a week-and-a-half,…

    RootMasterSound

    By now, it’s no secret that THE Show a few…

    Obsessed With Stereo

    I think about my system too much. I mean, really…

    A Conversation

    Well, conversation might not be the word. I was going…

    Hitting Bottom

    Mark Malboeuf, alias badbeef, asked me to comment on a…

    You Better Think

    Try to imagine. I had discovered music only the previous…

    The Great Wall, Redux

    [Our friend and regular Copper columnist Dan Schwartz is under…

    The Tuesday Night Music Club, Redux

    [Our friend, regular Copper columnist and resident right-handed bass player Dan Schwartz…

    Paul Kantner Is Dead, Redux

    [Following the recent death of Jefferson Airplane lead singer Marty…

    Wild About Harry, Redux

    [Having recently brought up J. Gordon Holt, it seems only…

    On Words In Music, Redux

    I was trying to figure out when and where I…

    Silence Isn't Silent, Redux

    Let me tell you about Bernie Leadon. Bernie came to…

    Steve Reich: Drumming, Redux

    When I was 17, I discovered the compositional style called…

    Messiah

    On Sunday, December 9th, my family and I went to…

    The Revenge of The White Album

    By now, you know whether The White Album re-issue is…

    96,000 People Can't Be That Wrong, Redux

    As I write this, I’m listening to the early Flying…

    The Most Remarkable Man, Redux

    I’ve discussed a few of the heavyweight characters I encountered…

    It's a Lonely World, Redux

    I didn’t set out to be a hired gun, but…

    Mix A vs. Mix B, Redux

    In the dark, dim past, on a dark and stormy…

    Reaching Inside

    Bear with me; I’m going to talk about myself ---…

    The Qobuz Diaries

    I spent a week, since the last issue, in the…

    Real Religious Fervor

    Real religious fervor: what do I mean by using that…

    Noir et Blanc

    In 1983, one of my favorite records was released: Zazou/Bikaye/CY1’s …

    My C-24

    In one of his Paul’s Posts (“Capturing Air”), Paul McGowan…

    Oy! More Bass!

    An ultra-recent debate between Uncle Bill Leebens and myself gives…

    Where I've Been, Part 1

    If you’ve been interested (and I’m not saying you ought…

    TONE!

    A recent conversation ‘twixt Uncle Bill and me: Me: This…

    The Sound Of Music, Redux

    There’s something I’ve been thinking about for around 25 years;…

    We All Shine On, Redux

    49 years ago, in the first international worldwide television broadcast,…

    The Mystery of The Making, Redux

    I never think about how mysterious the process of contemporary…

    What Made Woodstock So Different?

    In several years of so very many noteworthy 50th anniversaries,…

    From Wallkill to Bethel

    When last we met, I put forth my guess as…

    The Bass That Phil Lesh Gave Me

    In one’s early life as a musician, one tends to…

    Where I Am, Part 2

    Picking up the story from Issue 87: a lot of…

    The Story of "All I Wanna Do", Redux

    I was talking to Paul McGowan a week or so…

    My Helios, Redux

    I’ve been asked a couple times about the recording /…

    The Sound of My Stereo and the Quality of Cables

    I’ve written about the sound of my system before –…

    Further Thoughts on System Synergy

    For the past week, I’ve been thinking a bit more…

    The Sound of Microphones, Redux

    Specifically, Neumann LDCs, or large diaphragm condensers. You know how…

    My C-24, Redux

    In one of his Paul’s Posts (“Capturing Air”), Paul McGowan…

    A Journey Through The Absolute Sound

    I discovered high-end audio in 1978. But I always seemed…

    On the Necessity of a Power Plant

    I know there’s a policy of having us writers not…

    Adventures in Audio: AT&T and Me

    Way back in the very early days of the World…

    The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda

    I can’t remember exactly when I first heard of Alice…

    The Digital Sound of Vinyl

    In a recent video in his “Ask Paul” online video…

    Why Don’t Musicians Use Audiophile Speakers?

    Well, actually, they do – sometimes. I’m writing this in…

    You Don't Have to be...Redux

    When I was a kid, my parents had a comedy…

    Obsessed with Stereo, Redux

    I think about my system too much. I mean, really…

    In My Dreams, Redux

    Sometime in 1995, Bill Bottrell called and wanted me to…

    Waiting for the Black Cadillac, Redux

    Who knows what’s behind our taste? A record that I…

    The Beautiful Ordinariness of Elbow, Part One

    Throw those windows wide One day like this a year…

    The Ordinary Beauty of Elbow, Part Two

    I had thought that the intervening time between Part One…

    Of Tubes and Men

    I got new tubes! No, really! “Why is he telling…

    Projects, Projects, Projects

    What the hell have I been up to, you wonder?…

    Audio News – Bad and Good

    This time out, I want to share some audio-related news…

    A World Without Keith Jarrett

    “I even have dreams where I am as messed up…

    On the Baron: Tim de Paravicini, in Memoriam

    There was a message for me to call Dan Meinwald…

    My Massive Income From Streaming

    Our Paul McGowan asked me to recount the truly massive…

    On or Off?

    Should you leave your hi-fi gear on or turn it…

    The Role of Imagination

    Sitting here listening to a Steinway recording – literally, a…

    Instrument Designer Rick Turner: A Life

    These days, I struggle, aside from dealing with my illness,…
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