September 21st, 2020

PS Audio recently launched its record label, Octave Records. (Read about Octave’s first release, Don Grusin’s Out of Thin Air, in Issue 113.) Octave will be releasing records regularly in audiophile-quality DSD and SACD stereo discs. Octave’s business model also ensures that artists retain a greater portion of earnings than standard record label deals.

Copper will give you a head start on upcoming releases (starting with Clandestine Amigo, our next one), the stories behind the artists and the technical details of the recordings – in a column yet to be named.

That’s where you, the readers, come in!

Octave Records is having a contest to name the column. The winner will receive a 16 x 24 photo on canvas of Copper photographer James Schrimpf’s photo of musicians Dale Watson and Chris Crepps, used as Issue 105’s Parting Shot. James’s work has been featured in many galleries, shows and publications and he has worked for more than 30 years as an artist, photojournalist and photographer.

Simply submit your suggestions for the column name to [email protected]. The contest will run from now through October 31. Then we’ll choose the lucky winner!

In other news: we welcome a new staff member, writer Steven Bryan Bieler. Steven is a novelist living in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, his dogs, and his CD collection. He blogs about music at rundmsteve.com.

Bob Stuart, inventor of Meridian Lossless Packing digital audio technology and MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) digital audio encoding has been awarded the Prince Philip Medal. The medal is given biennially by the Royal Academy of Engineering to an engineer who has made an exceptional contribution to engineering as a whole through practice, management or education. Congratulations Bob!

In this issue: Don Kaplan takes a fresh approach on how to listen. Roy Hall looks back on the Munich HIGH END show. J.I. Agnew concludes his interview with acoustic design consultant Philip Newell. Jay Jay French drinks in British blues singers. Anne E. Johnson considers the music of Thomas Tallis and ZZ Top. Alón Sagee tells a story of two hands clapping. Don Lindich interviews Bill Voss of Technics, and John Seetoo wraps up his series with Quilter Amps/QSC Audio founder Pat Quilter.

Tom Gibbs is thrilled to hear a good-sounding Stones reissue, among other new releases. New contributor Steven Bryan Bieler hears voices. WL Woodward is home for the pandemic. Robert Heiblim concludes his series on bringing products to market. Ray Chelstowski has an explosive look at K-tel Records. Ken Sander offers a Stories story. I find that audio systems are consistently inconsistent. Reader Adrian Wu takes us on an audio journey encompassing continents, and decades of gear. We round out the issue by staying in our room, experiencing changing weather and going to Nepal.

How Products Are Made, Part 3: Validation and Production

In Part One and Part Two of this series (Issue…

Confessions of a Setup Man, Part Nine: Inconsistency

Many of us know that the sound of our stereo…

Brother Louie

“We quit!” Those are not the words I want to…

An Audio Journey

Copper reader Adrian Wu lives in Hong Kong and has…

There Must Have Been Something In the Water

If the Beatles never happened, if the British Invasion never…

The Munich HIGH END Show

The Munich HIGH END show or springtime for (you know…

ZZ Top: That Little Ol’ Band from Texas

In 1969, songwriter and guitarist Billy Gibbons started a band…

Acoustic Design Consultant Philip Newell, Part Two

In Part One (Issue 119), acoustical design consultant Philip Newell…

Home for the Pandemic

I will open with a YouTube video of the Holderness…

A Conversation with Technics’ Bill Voss

Technics is a brand that needs little introduction to most…

K-tel Records: Now That’s What We Call Music!

Since the late 1990s the Now That’s What I Call…

Thomas Tallis: Music for Kings

When your job is to compose music for kings, it’s…

Two Hands Clapping

It was a lot of money, even with the student…

The Next Voice You Hear

“So you had better do as you are told/you better…

Ear Flaps Up

Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the…

Finally, A Stones Reissue Done Right, and Three Other Winners!

The Rolling Stones – Goats Head Soup 2020 Deluxe Edition Late…

Quilter Labs’ and QSC Audio’s Pat Quilter, Part Three

Founded in 1968 as Quilter Sound Company, QSC Audio has…

Change In the Weather

Majestic Mountains

Annapurna Massif, Nepal, looking at Annapurna I peak, 8,091 meters…
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