November 16th, 2020

We have a new president and vice president-elect. I and any other person in an editorial position might be expected to comment about it. However, I don’t do politics in these pages.

The Octave Records “Column to be Named Later” now has a name: “Octave Pitch,” courtesy of reader and name the column contest winner Mark Mazur. Read about Octave’s new release, Hey Joe Opus | Red Meat by Otis Taylor here.

Elsewhere in this issue: Larry Schenbeck initiates a series on bel canto singing and I experience an audio initiation. John Seetoo continues his AES Show Fall 2020 report with a look at some of the 7 Audio Wonders of the World. Ken Sander deals with Split Enz. Anne E. Johnson looks at the career of the Country Gentleman, Chet Atkins, and celebrates the 600th birthday of Johannes Ockeghem. Tom Gibbs waxes nostalgic about four holiday reissue LPs. Jay Jay French is buying a stairway to heaven. Roy Hall invests in an Isle of Arran distillery.

J.I. Agnew gets his head around coils in audio. Tom Methans re-lives boogie wonderland. Robert Heiblim examines advances in assistive hearing. In our “Sitting In” section, Max Townshend of Townshend Audio offers a test for determining speaker cable differences, and cartoonist Peter Xeni lets off steam. Ray Chelstowski offers a decidedly different holiday songs playlist. Don Lindich concludes his interview with Krell Industries’ Walter Schofield. We wrap up the issue with streaming audio, unstable speed and the shapes of things.

Letting Off Steam

Peter Xeni, veteran publishing industry person and member of the…

Split Enz: True Colours, Part One

We drove our three rental cars up to the lobby…

Otis Taylor’s Hey Joe Opus | Red Meat

Octave Records released its third album on November 16, an…

The “Sound” of Speaker Cables: an Analysis

From time to time Copper offers guest articles from audio…

Hearing Loss and Audio: Not a Conflict; a Path to a Better Experience

This article was prompted by a comment Robert made to…

Confessions of a Setup Man, Part 10: No Direction Home

I was a shy kid. The fact that I was…

Bel Canto, Part 1

Recently I’ve been watching a lot of Dark, now streaming…

Stairway to Heaven

My friend Ira is a committed audiophile and we seem…

Arran, a Whisky Tale

The ad ran something like this. “Invest in a new…

Chet Atkins: The Country Gentleman

He was known as The Country Gentleman, and his guitar…

The Coil and Its Significance for Recorded Sound

A few days ago I was in the lab (which…

Boogie Wonderland

A great man once wrote: “Once upon a time in…

Rediscovering Johannes Ockeghem

Beethoven has enjoyed all kinds of attention in 2020 to…

Holiday Songs You Should Be Spinning!

Most people who know me well are familiar with the…

Four Classic Holiday LP Reissues From Sony Legacy

We’re taking a break from the usual new release record…

AES Show Fall 2020, Part Two

I’d like to commend the Audio Engineering Society (AES) for…

Walter Schofield of Krell Industries, Part Two

In Part One (Issue 122) we interviewed Krell Industries’ Walter…

Art Goes on Record

Reel dancing! Mercury “Living Presence” stereo tape, catalog number MDS5-4.…

Non-Linear Audio

Shapes of Things

When my cat had finished playing with his tennis ball,…
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