August 28th, 2022

    We are greatly saddened to report the passing of Chris Sommovigo on August 15, 2022, from a cardiac event. He was most recently associated with Black Cat Cables, and had done work for Kimber Kable, Stereolab and others, and worked in audio distribution, and publishing. He was highly regarded in the industry and I had only met him once, at a show a few years ago, yet we hit it off immediately. For more information, please read David W. Robinson’s heartfelt tribute in Positive Feedback.

    In this issue: J.I. Agnew delves into an ultra-rare Japanese portable (!) record cutting lathe, and reports on the cessation of operations of HD Vinyl, with some thoughts on vinyl manufacturing. Larry Jaffee remembers getting hooked on CDs in the 1980s. Tom Methans encounters a high-end audio system – in clubland. Harris Fogel concludes his report on T.H.E. Show 2022, once again with lots of photos. B. Jan Montana continues his pilgrimage. John Seetoo interviews David W. Hewitt, a pioneer of remote recording. Andrew Daly has a conversation with rock journalist Elise Krentzel. Ken Kessler attends the best private members club ever.

    Anne E. Johnson talk talk talks about the Psychedelic Furs, and appreciates the magnificent vocal music of Orlande de Lassus. Ken Sander floats over CES. Alón Sagee talks with synesthetic artist Melissa McCracken in a mind-opening interview. Rudy Radelic keeps driving through a lemons road rally. Adrian Wu ponders the sonic attributes of tape versus vinyl. I report on the Octave Records LP release of Zuill Bailey’s The Complete Bach Cello Suites. Ray Chelstowski talks with songwriter and Broadway composer Duncan Sheik about his new album, Claptrap. Russ Welton encounters a tough customer. Tom Gibbs has to move his audio system. We wrap up the issue with world music, pure distortion, unfortunate timing, and a nameless destination.

    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

    Tape Versus Vinyl

    In my previous articles, I have alluded to the fact…

    On The Road: Recording The Stars in a Golden Era of Live Music, By David W. Hewitt

    When it comes to live albums, many music fans have…

    Floating Over CES

    It was explained to me that Penthouse magazine would not be using…

    Duncan Sheik: From Barely Breathing to Broadway and Beyond

    Some of the most interesting paths in music (and in…

    Octave Records Releases The Complete Bach Cello Suites by Zuill Bailey on Vinyl LP

    PS Audio’s Octave Records label is honored to tell everyone…

    Back to My Reel-to-Reel Roots, Part 21: The Best Private Members Club…Ever

    With the myriad changes which have inevitably affected audio pursuits…

    T.H.E. Show 2022 Report, Part Two

    The reasons for audio shows are basically to sell product.…

    High-Quality Audio In Clubland

    When was the last time you went to a really…

    Talk Talk Talking About the Psychedelic Furs

    Part of post-punk’s essential nature was to acknowledge that musical…

    Pilgrimage to Sturgis, Part 28

        It was after 10 when Chip shook me…

    Around the World In 80 Lathes, Part 20

    By the 1970s, disk recording had pretty much disappeared from…

    Breaking News: HD Vinyl Enters Bankruptcy (and Some Thoughts On Vinyl Manufacturing)

    Over the past 130 years or so, very little has…

    Orlande de Lassus: Magnificent Music for Voice

    One of the most astonishing periods of European music history…

    Confessions of a CD Addict, Circa 1986

    File under “what comes around, goes around.” I wrote the…

    My Retail Customers: Of Chalk and Cheese

    Working in retail perhaps may better be thought of as…

    Lemons Rally: Rust Belt Ramble, Part Two

    Day Two: “Big Bucket, Big Bridges, Big Tree, Big Day”…

    The Times They Are a-Changin’!

    I’ve been absent for a couple of issues, and I…

    Pure Distortion

    The Colors of Music: Synesthetic Artist Melissa McCracken Sees and Paints What She Hears, Part One

    We’ll begin this article by having artist Melissa McCracken give…

    Under My Skin: An Interview With Journalist Elise Krentzel

    As a direct representative of an era steeped in glitz…

    World Music

    From the Museum of the Hard to Believe: a 1970s…

    Timing Error

    Where the Streets Have No Name

    You want me to go where? Taken at Fort Bragg,…
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