February 22nd, 2021

I wonder if artificial intelligence is the natural result of human evolution. It’s not a unique thought; science fiction author John W. Campbell’s short story “The Last Evolution” looked at this in 1932, and Ray Kurzweil’s 2005 book The Singularity Is Near suggests it may not only be inevitable but closer than we think. Should it be feared or embraced? Read Kurzweil’s book – I won’t give any spoilers here. I find the subject fascinating.

We’ve lost two more titans: keyboardist and composer Chick Corea (79), whose influence on the birth of jazz fusion cannot be overstated. WL Woodward offers a tribute in this issue. It’s safe to say that everyone reading this has heard the work of Rupert Neve (94), a designer of pro audio equipment that shaped the sound of music as we know it today. His recording consoles, found in Abbey Road Studios and facilities worldwide, are prized.

Also in this issue: we’ve got a trifecta of interviews, as John Seetoo talks with Nason Tackett of Hear Technologies, Don Lindich goes Rogue with Mark O’Brien of Rogue Audio and Rich Isaacs interviews musical synthesizer pioneer Patrick Gleeson. Larry Schenbeck considers Bach’s monumental Passion settings. Adrian Wu considers the unending analog vs. digital debate. Tom Gibbs reviews new releases from Steven Wilson, the Staves and a solo album from Hayley Williams of Paramore. Ken Sander spends time in Peter Tosh’s Jamaica.

Anne E. Johnson gets down with Mary Chapin Carpenter and jazz drumming legend Max Roach. Jay Jay French dives into streaming audio, and Andy Schaub starts a series on the technology behind music streaming software. Galen Gareis of ICONOCLAST and Belden continues his deep exploration into audio cables. J.I. Agnew makes a very big move. Russ Welton gives us more speaker setup tips. I speculate about whether audio systems can ever attain perfection. We wrap things up with James Whitworth racking them up, Peter Xeni contemplating the sound of silence, leisurely listening and a rave new world.

An Overview of Audiophile Playback Software, Part One

It’s a safe bet that many Copper readers are interested…

Cable Design and the Speed of Sound, Part Two

In Part One of this series (Issue 130), Galen Gareis…

Will A Perfect Audio System Ever Exist?

As a hard-core audiophile, I’ve spent the better part of…

Analog vs. Digital: An Unending Debate

One of the most controversial topics in the audiophile universe…

A Time in Peter Tosh’s Jamaica

In speaking with Eppy, he mentioned that he was promoting…

Superposition: Getting Speaker Placement Right

In Issue 130, Russ noted that he’s been reappraising his…

Passions

Last month I made a single New Year’s resolution: to…

Islands In the Stream

In past articles I have referenced the differences between how…

Mary Chapin Carpenter: Let Her Into Your Heart

Winning five Grammy Awards is impressive enough, but when four…

The Big Move, Part One

Ten years ago, I moved to a new building carrying…

Chick Corea Returns to Forever

Armando Anthony Corea, known to the world as “Chick,” passed…

A Conversation With Mark O’Brien of Rogue Audio

Rogue Audio manufactures a wide range of tube, solid-state and…

Max Roach: Bebop Pioneer

Born in North Carolina swamp country in either 1924 or…

The Sound of Silence

New Releases: One Disappointing, One Overproduced, and a Great One!

Steven Wilson – The Future Bites When Steven Wilson released his…

Dr. Patrick Gleeson: The Interview

Musician, Engineer, Producer, Professor of 18th Century English Literature?! You…

Talking With Nason Tackett of Hear Technologies

When it comes to comparing audio equipment like speakers or…

Speaker Misplacement

  In its day the Teac A-3340S was the machine…

Double Duty

Rave New World

Taken at the Electric Zoo festival, Randall's Island, New York,…
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