June 5th, 2022

    Sometimes, music is good. Other times, silence is good.

    It is with sadness that we report that Mr. Atsushi Miura, the founder of high-end tube electronics company AIR TIGHT, has passed away at the age of 88. Recipient of a High-End Audio Hall of Fame award from The Absolute Sound, Miura was the creator of a number of superb-sounding, impeccably built vacuum-tube components, many based around triode tubes. Before founding AIR TIGHT, Miura had spent many years at Luxman, eventually becoming president of its US division. Another audio legend has left us.

    In this issue: Ivan Berger remembers the late Bascom H. King, with comments from Paul McGowan and myself. I conclude our coverage of AXPONA 2022 (lots of photos!) and Ken Kessler reports on the recent UK Tonbridge AudioJumble (lots of photos!). Wayne Robins reviews albums from Arcade Fire and Jon Batiste. Anne E. Johnson considers countertenors, and New Orleans songwriting legend Mary Gauthier. John Seetoo concludes his series on another Southern songwriting great, Shelby Lynne. Tom Methans spends some quality time with the Grado RS1x headphones. Jack Flory begins a series on his favorite concert venues: first stop, Colorado. Andrew Daly takes Solace in the album of the same name by Held By Trees, and interviews the band.

    Adrian Wu continues his series on the joys of monophonic LPs. I cover two new releases from Octave Records: the “Gypsy Grass” group TIERRO Band with Bridget Lee’s Everlasting Dance, and Audiophile Masters, Volume VI. Ray Chelstowski interviews Lawrence Gowan, keyboardist and singer with rock titans Styx, celebrating their 50th anniversary. Rudy Radelic makes the finish line at the 24 Hours of Lemons road rally. Steven Bryan Bieler begins to reveal the secret history of tribute albums. B. Jan Montana’s monumental journey continues. J.I. Agnew finds hardware that makes the cut with his continuing series on record lathes. Tom Gibbs concludes his series on singer/songwriter Nick Drake in high-resolution audio. Russ Welton begins a two-part interview with vinyl mastering engineer Lewis Hopkin. We round out the issue with a pressing decision, undercover listening devices, nothing short of a miracle, and a skyward ascent.

    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, Adrian Wu

    Contributing Editors:
    Ivan Berger, Steven Bryan Bieler, Andrew Daly, Jack Flory, Harris Fogel, Steve Kindig, Ed Kwok, 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

    Styx: 50 Years and Still Going Strong

    Last summer rock legends Styx came to Connecticut and headlined…

    How AXPONA Got Its Groove Back, Part Three

    Part One and Part Two of this report appeared in…

    Shelby Lynne – An American Original, Part Two

    Part One (Issue 163) covered singer/songwriter Shelby Lynne’s career from…

    Octave Records’ New Releases: TIERRO Band with Bridget Law, and Audiophile Masters, Volume VI

    Octave Records has two new releases for your musical and…

    Who are WE?

    Arcade Fire: WE Jon Batiste: WE ARE If you asked…

    The Joys of Monophonic Recordings, Part Two

    In my previous article (Issue 162), I discussed the early…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 16: Stalking the Wild Revox

    A slight departure this time, as a wonderful event –…

    Spending Time With the Grado RS1x Headphones

    I’m willing to bet that most of us with big…

    Mary Gauthier: Songs in Motion

    Mary Gauthier thinks the best songs are ones that contain…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part 22

    “I thought you were going to ride your bike home…

    Around the World In 80 Lathes, Part 14

    Previous installments discussed various design approaches to record lathe cutter…

    The Secret History of Tribute Albums, Part One

    Are there two Americas? Are they red versus blue, conservative…

    My Favorite Venues, Part One: Colorado

    In my article, “My First Speakers” (Issue 158), I touched…

    Rallying With Lemons, Part Two

    In the first half of this travelogue of the 2022…

    Countertenors: New Takes on an Old Tradition

    “Countertenor” is one of those musical terms that has meant…

    Bascom H. King: In Memoriam

    With reminisces by Paul McGowan and Frank Doris The late…

    Nick Drake’s Albums in 24/96 Digital Sound

    In Issue 162, I talked about Nick Drake, the artist…

    Undercover Listening Devices

    Offering Solace: An Interview With Held By Trees

    For fans of bands like Talk Talk, Pink Floyd, Dire…

    How Does a Vinyl Record Even Sound Good at All? Talking With Lewis Hopkin, Vinyl Mastering Engineer, Part One

    Have you ever wondered, just how does a vinyl record…

    Nothing Short of a Miracle

    Burmester Model 001 CD player. As a component that’s almost…

    A Pressing Decision

    Into the Heavens

    Melancholy Circus takes the boiled-down essence of influences from a…
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