September 13th, 2021

    Recently we received an e-mail stating that “Rocky Mountain Audio Fest (RMAF) as we have all known it will be no more.” I felt sadder and more disappointed than I thought I ever would be, though I suspected the news was coming. The show was a wonderful celebration of high-end audio and emblematic of why audiophiles do what we do. Show organizers Marjorie Baumert and Marcie Miller said, “Thank you for 17 years of friendship and support. It has meant more than you can possibly imagine.” The feeling is mutual.

    Copper is proud to introduce new contributor Larry Jaffee. He’s the author of the upcoming book, Resurrection: How Record Store Day Led to the Most Improbable Comeback of the 21st Century, slated for April 2022. Larry is also co-founder of Making Vinyl, a B2B conference on the rebirth of the vinyl manufacturing industry.

    In this issue: Anne E. Johnson profiles jazz violin legend Stuff Smith and the bedrock country music of Lefty Frizzell. Wayne Robins gets enthusiastic about some new New Orleans sounds. Ray Chelstowski interviews the masterful folk singer-songwriter Dar Williams. J.I. Agnew offers Part Two of his interview with Martin Theophilus and the mind-boggling Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording. Russ Welton ponders the principle of acoustic levitation. John Seetoo gives us Part One of his series on Christian music pioneer Phil Keaggy. Ken Sander enjoys some down time between tours. Rich Isaacs can’t live without more self-help records.

    Tom Gibbs reviews SACD remasters from King Crimson. B. Jan Montana moves ahead with his motorcycle journey to Sturgis, and Rudy Radelic continues his retrospective of keyboard wizard Lyle Mays. Cliff Chenfeld recommends some sweet summer songs. Ed Kwok concludes his comprehensive overview of achieving high-quality computer audio. Larry Jaffee rebuilds his vinyl collection. Russ Welton interviews the astoundingly talented guitarist and film composer Michael Baugh. Our Mindful Melophile, Don Kaplan, considers Mister Mister and the Misses. We conclude the issue with raw power, dancing daze, and dogged determination, and get to the point.

    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, Ed Kwok, Stuart Marvin, Bob Wood

    “Cartoon Bob” D’Amico

    James Whitworth, Peter Xeni

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

    Audio Anthropology Photos:
    Howard Kneller, Steve Rowell

    Frank Doris

    Paul McGowan

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     – FD

    Dar Williams: Writing Songs That Matter

    The folk community is quite a bit like the jazz…

    The New New Orleans Sounds

    Beyond jazz, the music to which the Crescent City gave…

    Sweet Summer Songs

    Welcome to the latest edition of Be Here Now, the column/playlist…

    Moving to Computer Audio: A Comprehensive Overview, Part Two

    In Part One (Issue 144) we looked at the fundamental…

    Whistling While You Work

    As I step off my elevator, I hear music coming…

    Mister Mister and the Misses

    This month the Melophile suggests music by composers who either…

    Suspending Disbelief: The Potential of Acoustic Levitation

    Acoustic manipulation is a technique that can be used in…

    Lefty Frizzell: Country Music Bedrock

    Everybody knows who Hank Williams is, but somehow Lefty Frizzell…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part Three

    Part One and Part Two of this series appeared in…

    Martin Theophilus of The Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording, Part Two

    Martin Theophilus is the Executive Director of the Museum of…

    Self-Help Before YouTube: More Records to Improve Your Life

    Have you ever wondered how we learned to do things…

    Every Picture Tells A Story, Or, How I Recreated My Record Collection, and Then Some

    Today’s renaissance of vinyl as a chosen physical music format…

    Lyle Mays – Composer, Arranger, Producer and Keyboardist, Part Two

    Part One (Issue 144) covered Lyle Mays’ recordings as a…

    Phil Keaggy – A Lifetime of Making Joyful Noises, Part One

    “Use guitars to reinforce your Hallelujahs!” Psalm 33:2, The Message:…

    Stuff Smith: Black Violin

    Leroy “Stuff” Smith, born in 1909, helped turn the violin…

    Dogged Determination

    An I²S Follow Up…And More Steven Wilson Remix/Remasters

    In my article in Copper Issue 141 I talked about…

    The Man with No Name? Michael Baugh Interview, Part One

    What do you get when you blend pyrotechnic guitar virtuosity,…

    Raw Power

    1977 Klipsch Decorator loudspeaker, companion to the one featured in…

    Dancing Daze

    Getting to the Point

    Zabriskie Point, California, in Death Valley National Park.
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