August 16th, 2021

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I am a connoisseur of silly fortune cookie messages. Like, “to truly find yourself you should play hide and seek alone.” I may be going around in circles for a long time. For now I think I’ll go with a different fortune: “You will be rewarded for being a good listener.”

In this issue: Adrian Wu reports on the recent Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show 2021. Ray Chelstowski interviews singer/songwriter Joshua Radin, whose album The Ghost And The Wall breaks boundaries. Russ Welton considers the audio butterfly effect and concludes our interview with iconoclastic cellist Jo Quail. Don Lindich gets away with the Sota Escape turntable. Jay Jay French interviews FM radio DJ Joe Rock as they ask: what exactly is classic rock? Don Kaplan enjoys a little knight music in the latest installment of “The Mindful Melophile.” Ken Sander encounters the Music Revolution.

B. Jan Montana begins a pilgrimage to Sturgis, while John Seetoo pays a virtual visit to the legendary Capitol Studios. J.I. Agnew talks with mastering engineer Mike Papas of Australia’s XL Productions about the magnificent Telefunken M15A tape machine. Rich Isaacs looks at 10 great music documentaries. Stuart Marvin asks: are the proliferation of anniversary classic rock reissues worth it? Tom Gibbs offers an exploration into digital file compression. I seek some clarity about the audio concept of transparency. Anne E. Johnson considers the career of bass wizard Stanley Clarke and digs through Garbage. We conclude the issue with looks at media ownership, endless love, big Macs and special delivery.

Staff Writers:

J.I. Agnew, Ray Chelstowski, Cliff Chenfeld, Jay Jay French, Tom Gibbs, Roy Hall, Rich Isaacs, Anne E. Johnson, Don Kaplan, Don Lindich, Tom Methans, B. Jan Montana, Rudy Radelic, Tim Riley, Wayne Robins, Alón Sagee, Ken Sander, Larry Schenbeck, John Seetoo, Dan Schwartz, Russ Welton, WL Woodward, Adrian Wu

Contributing Editors:
Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Harris Fogel, Robert Heiblim, Ken Kessler, Stuart Marvin, Bob Wood

Cover:
“Cartoon Bob” D’Amico

Cartoons:
James Whitworth, Peter Xeni

Parting Shots:
James Schrimpf, B. Jan Montana, Rich Isaacs (and others)

Editor:
Frank Doris

Publisher:
Paul McGowan

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A Visit to Capitol Studios

“7 Audio Wonders of the World” was a series of…

Seeking Clarity About Transparency

Back in the 1980s or maybe earlier, “transparency” became the…

The Music Revolution

In issue 141 and Issue 142 Ken wrote about his…

Joshua Radin, The Ghost And The Wall: No Boundaries During A Lockdown

Singer-songwriter Joshua Radin has recently released “Goodbye,” a single from…

A Little Knight Music

The Middle Ages lasted from the fall of Rome (c.…

What Exactly Is Classic Rock? Part One

First, a note: Jay Jay’s book, Twisted Business: Lessons From…

Spending Time With the SOTA Escape Turntable

In Issue 117 I wrote a feature about turntable manufacturer…

Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part One

It’s a long way to Sturgis, South Dakota; it’s a…

Garbage: Staying Fresh for Decades

The number of successful bands that have lasted at least…

The Giants of Tape, Part 10: The Telefunken M15A, Part Four

Part One, Part Two and Part Three of J.I. Agnew’s look at…

The Audio Butterfly Effect

The best-fitting suit is a well-tailored one. You likely would…

10 Great Music Documentaries

A lot of people turned to binge watching during the…

Classic Rock Reissues: Real Value or Sonic Head Fake?

In the consumer packaged goods biz, it’s common practice for…

Stanley Clarke: Taking the Lead on Bass

Before Stanley Clarke, most jazz fans thought of the bass…

An Exploration Into Digital Audio File Compression

    I first got into digital file streaming about…

Possessed

The Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show 2021

August 6 – 8 was the weekend of the 2021…

Jo Quail: An Eclectic Approach to the Cello, Part Two

In Part One of our interview (Issue 142), cellist Jo…

Big Macs

More rarities from The Audio Classics Collection: a pair and…

Love at First Bit

Special Delivery

This photo was taken on historic Allen Street in Tombstone,…
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