December 30th, 2019

Numbers have been on my mind lately: 97, 98, 99, 100 and now Issue 101. Yet I’d been completely nearsighted about the fact that 2020, just around the corner, is also the start of a new decade. (My family, who knows how my mind doesn't work...er, works, would not be surprised at this.) Naturally, this new beginning prompts us to look back at where we’ve traveled in life until now, and where might be going.

In the audio world, who knows what future tech and the work of clever designers might bring? After all, look how far we’ve gotten at the end of 2019: hi-res audio, a vinyl renaissance, access to millions of songs via streaming and other media, the growth of live performance, wireless music delivery and much more. Where might technologies like graphene speakers, quantum computing, superconductivity and others lead us? Why not work towards the goal of a practical direct brain/music interface?

In 2020 technology will continue to bring us closer to the music than ever before. We also have a rich heritage to draw from, and the journey’s far from over. Those thoughts should fill us with excitement and happiness.

In this issue: new to these pages, Robert Heiblim gives us an insider’s perspective on the evolution of hi-res audio. John Seetoo wraps up his interview with live sound pioneer John Meyer. J.I. Agnew takes a fond look at cassette tape. Dan Schwartz tells us about a very special microphone. Alón Sagee recounts a sublime moment in music listening. Don Kaplan gives us a fascinating historical look at "Queen of the Salons" Élisabeth de Caraman-Chimay. Tom Gibbs reviews The Later Years, a monumental new post-Roger Waters-era Pink Floyd box set.

Anne E. Johnson covers the careers of jazz legend Hugh Masekela and pop powerhouse Tina Turner. Bob Wood is in and out and back in the broadcast booth at WAMS and WARM. Professor Larry Schenbeck looks at the songs of Beethoven and innovator Leoš Janáček. Rich Isaacs contributes part one of the mighty Gentle Giant story. I interview James Lee Stanley, a musical survivor worthy of wider recognition. Our audio-visual department features cartoonist James Whitworth going through a phase, domestic harmony in the Audio Anthropology recording studio and a starry finale.

Domestic Harmony

Les Paul and Mary Ford in their native habitat. Audio…

Sublime Moments

I was cutting into a mango last night – it…

In and Out at WAMS and Getting WARM

Station Seven: WAMS-AM The seventh radio station in my career…

James Lee Stanley: Musical Survivor

Every now and then I’m going to write about artists…

Phase Shifter

Beethoven Plus One: Songs

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig…

My C-24, Redux

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

Tina Turner: Finding Her Own Voice

Tina Turner is a textbook case of a talented woman…

An Ode to Cassette Tape – Part One

I still remember how, as a very young boy, I…

Hugh Masekela, Jazz Legend

Some artists get a helping hand exactly when it’s needed.…

Re-Examining Pink Floyd in the Post-Roger Waters Years

This issue, I’m focusing on a single release, Pink Floyd’s…

John Meyer Interview, Part Three

To recap from Part One (Issue 99) and Part Two (Issue…

Mythical Stature: Gentle Giant, Part One

Gentle Giant, possibly the most musically and instrumentally diverse group…

Thoughts on Hi-Res Music and Audio – An Insider’s Perspective

Let me start by saying I have deep respect for…

Queen of the Salons

  She was considered to be the Queen of the…

Seeing Stars

The Star Wars Death Star looming? Fear not, it’s just…
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