Comprehension of classical music interpretation

Now I’ve never consciously tried, but I don’t think I am capable of picking out a musical “personality” in the way mentioned. I tend to like what I like, for reasons often ill-defined, or not defined at all. It would appear that, after 30-odd years of classical listening, I still have a very long way […]

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In defence of Ken Kessler in particular and audio writes in general – or at least most of them – by Neil McCauley (part 1 of 2)

From time to time and on some but not all forums an audiophile magazine reviewer is used as a scapegoat for every illness in the industry. It’s an unfortunate fact of life that the more aggressive / virulent posters are those hiding behind anonymity. However that’s not the point of this piece nor indeed that […]

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THE GRATEFUL DEAD: Cornell 5/8/77 (3-CD)

They tell us ….. The May 8, 1977 Performance At Cornell University’s Barton Hall, Revered By Many As The Best Grateful Dead Show Of All Time, First Official Release Following Acquisition Of “Betty Board” Master Tapes Available As A 3-CD Set, 5-LP Set LOS ANGELES – The Grateful Dead played more than 2,000 concerts, but […]

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PS Audio: Smaller is better

  Paul McGowan writes: Boy, that sounds like a no-win claim.  🙂  In the case of a transformer, however, bigger is always better relative to what the designer is trying to accomplish from the viewpoint of power delivery at a certain frequency – at least from a sonic standpoint that’s true. Years ago we pioneered […]

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PEGGY SEEGER: Broadcaster featuring Peggy Seeger Folksploitation (Red Grape)

Andy Gill writes ….. There’s a burgeoning Scottish tradition of roots remixing thanks to the pioneering work of the late Martyn Bennett, but it’s rarely done as smoothly as Folksploitation, on which Broadcaster recontextualises old folk performances by Peggy Seeger, with a strong reggae flavour reminiscent of Little Axe’s remixes of blues material. MORE

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ATOMIC ROOSTER: Sleeping for Years – The Studio Recordings 1970-1974 (4CD Clamshell Box Set)

We are told: Esoteric Recordings label is proud to announce the release of the very first 4 CD collection of every album and single track recorded by the legendary ATOMIC ROOSTER between 1970 – 1974. Sleeping for Years is a clamshell boxed set anthologising all the recordings made by the band on the classic albums […]

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PETER CASE: On The Way Downtown :Recorded Live on Folkscene(CD)

We are told: Peter Case has always been a pioneer. Genre-tripping through punk with The Nerves (“Hanging On The Telephone”), new wave/power pop with The Plimsouls (“A Million Miles Away”) and Americana with his Grammy®-nominated, self-titled solo debut. It is a career that is still going strong over 40 years later on the strength of […]

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6 Free Software Every Audiophile Should Download

Originally published December 2013 How often is it that you can get something for your system for nothing? Almost never. Below are six of our favorite free pieces of software that we think every audio enthusiast should download and try out. From CD ripping to improving your ability to critically listen, this list has something […]

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The sample and hold circuit

Paul McGowan: One of the basic elements in an Analog to Digital Converter is called a Sample and Hold Circuit.  Like the name implies, this circuit takes a sample of the incoming AC, holds that sample steady until the conversion circuit has time to turn the sample into a number (a word).  It’s really quite […]

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