February 14th, 2022

    The English rock band Everything Everything announced that their upcoming album Raw Data Feel was written with the assistance of artificial intelligence software. You can hear the results in the first single, “Bad Friday.” I actually think it's pretty good. But who gets the publishing royalties?

    In this issue: Ken Sander has to learn stage lighting – on the spot. Ken Kessler keeps his reel-to-reel tapes spotless, and Adrian Wu keeps his reel-to-reel deck maintained. J.I. Agnew checks out the rare and remarkable L.J. Scully LS-76 record-cutting lathe. Tim Riley reviews rocker Lenny Kaye’s new book, Lightning Striking. I talk about the latest release from Octave Records, Audiophile Masters, Volume IV. Ray Chelstowski interviews the great Duke Robillard about his new album, They Called It Rhythm And Blues. Tom Gibbs has a polished piece on the importance of clean connections.

    John Seetoo begins a series on audio’s Grammy-winning power couple, Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwarz. The Mindful Melophile Don Kaplan has an all singing! Some talking! A little dancing! review of noteworthy classical and other recordings. Russ Welton concludes his in-depth examination of Spinorama loudspeaker measurement. Rudy Radelic covers the career of Brazilian music pioneers Luiz Eça and Tamba Trio. Andy Schaub offers another audiophile song parody with “Nelson Pass Blues.” B. Jan gets traction in his pilgrimage to Sturgis. Anne E. Johnson says yes to the Big Apple avant-punk of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and the melodic touch of classic composer Alessandro Stradella. The issue concludes with a store with limited choices, buyer’s remorse, 45 degrees of separation, and a good image.

    Staff Writers:

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

    Contributing Editors:
    Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Jack Flory, Harris Fogel, Robert Heiblim, Steve Kindig, Ed Kwok, Andy Schaub, David Snyder, 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

    Octave Records Announces Audiophile Masters, Volume IV

    PS Audio’s Octave Records will expand its catalog of reference-quality…

    Calling the Lubbock Lights

    We flew into Texas knowing we were in for a…

    Keeping My Reel-to-Reel Machine Running

    I have enjoyed reading Ken Kessler’s Copper series on reel-to…

    Choosing New Speakers: Using Spinorama, Part Two

    In our first installment of this two-part series examining Spinorama…

    Lightning Striking, by Lenny Kaye

    If you can measure a book by its playlist, Lenny…

    Duke Robillard: Rhythm and Blues Master

    The Rhode Island blues scene has been remarkably vibrant for…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part Eight: More Tape Deck Hygiene and Other Woes

    It goes without saying that tape deck maintenance – such…

    All Singing! Some Talking! A Little Dancing!

    This month’s focus is on choral music: pieces for accompanied…

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Big Apple Avant-Punk

    Drawing comparisons to Siouxsie and the Banshees, Blondie, and other…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part 14

    The bike hummed like a mantra as we made our…

    Around the World in 80 Lathes, Part Six

    In previous installments, this series examined Neumann disk mastering systems,…

    Alessandro Stradella: Magical Melodic Touch

    Alessandro Stradella (1639 – 1682) was as colorful a figure…

    Nelson Pass Blues

    To the tune of “Creeque Alley” by the Mamas &…

    Luiz Eça and Tamba Trio: Brazilian Music Pioneers

    When the Brazilian music of the 1960s comes to mind,…

    The Importance of Keeping Your Audio Connections Clean

    Back around 1980 was when I first started having some…

    Buyer’s Remorse

    Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwarz: Immersive Audio’s Power Couple, Part One

    Married couples who work in the same field can often…

    45 Degrees of Separation

    A rare pair of Sequerra Model TI MK. II ribbon…

    They’ve Got Your Back


    Photographed at Mission San José de Tumacácori, at the Tumacácori…
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