March 14th, 2022

    For me, music always has been, is, and will be, solace. Even during, and perhaps because of, the toughest times.

    In this issue: Wayne Robins sometimes sits and listens to Courtney Barnett. Tom Methans hangs out with Frank Sinatra – for real. Our Mindful Melophile, Don Kaplan, isn’t afraid to listen to classical music. Anne E. Johnson looks at the career of Yusuf/Cat Stevens and finds that composer Francisco Guerrero is catching on again – five centuries later. Tom Gibbs covers the 2022 Florida Audio Expo. Jay Jay French doesn’t take solace in audio these days. John Seetoo talks some more with Grammy Award winning producer/engineers Jim Anderson and Ulrike Schwarz. Ken Kessler makes a reel-to-reel discovery linked to his dad.

    Ray Chelstowski interviews Heart and solo artist Ann Wilson about her upcoming album. J.I. Agnew keeps our heads spinning with his continuing series on record-cutting lathes. Ken Sander experiences the ups and downs of touring. Jack Flory builds his first speakers. Rudy Radelic digs deeper into the music of saxophonist John Klemmer. B. Jan Montana continues his epic journey. Andrew Daly interviews Kevin Whelan of indie rockers the Wrens, and Aeon Station. Russ Welton greets us with, how do you Q? I ask if I have what it takes to be an audio reviewer. We put the curtain on the issue with the meaning of life, springtime radio, and a fabled doorway.

    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, Andrew Daly, 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

    My First Speakers

    As promised back in my article, “Shop Class” (Issue 151),…

    Ann Wilson: From Heart to Fierce Bliss

    It is sometimes rare to find established artists who have…

    How Do You Q? Adjusting A Speaker’s Frequency Response Curve

    Do you want to make adjustments to your speaker’s in-room…

    The Ups and Downs of Touring

    As the spring of 1971 turned into summer we continued…

    Confessions of a Setup Man, Part 14: The Reluctant Reviewer

    I don’t think I really have the temperament to be…

    Sometimes I Sit and Listen to Courtney Barnett

    Courtney Barnett had me the first time I heard “Pedestrian…

    Back to My Reel-to Reel-Roots, Part 10

    In which Ken Kessler makes a discovery linked to his…

    Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

    Many listeners avoid 20th-century classical music: they associate it with…

    Nero Fiddles While Rome…

    Sorry folks but I’m having a hard time thinking about…

    Yusuf/Cat Stevens: Soundtrack of the Seventies, Still Vital Today

    His folky, insightful songs, brimming with humor and pathos, helped…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part 16

    That evening, I related to Melody’s family the story of…

    Around the World In 80 Lathes, Part Eight

    Introduced in 1970, the Neumann VMS-70 was the result of…

    Three Days with Frank Sinatra, Part One

    Bill and Judy Green hosted parties for the Who’s Who…

    Francisco Guerrero: Catching On Again, Five Centuries Later

    The Spanish composer Francisco Guerrero (1528 – 1599) might be…

    John Klemmer, Part Two: The Saxophone Touch

    Part One (Issue 157) covered John Klemmer’s early recordings from…

    The Florida Audio Expo 2022 – A Bold Step Towards a Return to Audio Normalcy

    My second trip to the Florida Audio Expo (FAE) in…

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

    With multiple Grammy Award wins and nominations to their credit,…

    Kevin Whelan of the Wrens and Aeon Station

    Kevin Whelan is an indie-rock veteran who had long been…

    Spring Is in the Airwaves

    A pair of ultra-rare circa 1970s KA/Kustom Acoustics loudspeakers, model…


    Speak, Friend, and Enter

    A church entrance in Stow-on-the-Wold, England, that our guide said…
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