NOEL GALLAGHER: He admits rift with Liam was ‘Achilles heel’ of Oasis on Desert Island Discs

Jess Denham writes: Noel Gallagher has admitted that forming Oasis with his “irritant” singer brother Liam led to the Britpop band’s downfall. The 48-year-old guitarist spoke to Radio 4’s Kirsty Young about the famous family feud while taking part in Desert Island Discs on Sunday morning.“You gain some kind of strength from being in a […]

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Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Mr. Dominique Mafrand, the driving force behind French audio maker l’enceintebleue

Hello Dominique. How did your interest in music reproduction start? It began when I was very young. One of my four brothers studied electronics at school and found a job in a French company called Ferisol manufacturing professional electronics equipment for the industry. It was back in 1960/1965. It was the beginning of pop music […]

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SOLEDGE: Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Mr. Raphaël Bini, the driving force behind French audio maker Soledge High End Wireless Audio System.

Hello Raphaël. How did your interest in music reproduction start? Well, I suppose everything starts with music listening during as a youth, with a father playing music, either on a piano or guitar, or on his HiFi system. Then, my father being an electrician and repairing TV sets, meant that I grew up with electronic […]

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CHORD COMPANY: This is what Chord’s digital designer Rob Watts had to say about power cables

Rob Watts writes ….. In the ’80s, there was a buzz going around that mains cables made a big difference to the sound, so I tried experimenting. Yes you could hear a difference, even under blind conditions. And this was with one of my pre-amps that had 3 stages of regulation – 210dB of rejection […]

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Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Metaxas & Sons SOLITAIRE 2016 amplifier – Redefining what an amplifier can look like in Hi-End Audio

First published in early 2016 Howard Popeck: Hi Kostas. Unusual design, to say the least. What’s led to this? Kostas Metaxas: Hi Howard. After 40 years of creating audio equipment, the last thing that I wanted to produce was “another box with transistors on a heatsink”. I was dreaming of the most spectacular architecture, design […]

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VAN MORRISON: ‘People who say others are difficult are usually difficult themselves’

Robin Denselow writes: The singer learned to love music while listening to his dad’s Lead Belly records. On the eve of an Albert Hall gig celebrating the blues genius, he talks about his musical childhood in Belfast and early ambition to be … a vet Please click HERE to continue

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ALBARRY: Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Albarry Music’s main man Mr. Neil Burnett. An Albarry valve amp perhaps?

From the archives Preliminary notes. Neil’s a busy guy and has kindly agreed to us sending him clusters of three questions on a regular basis while bearing in mind that he’ll squeeze his responses in as and when his schedule permits. There are many things we’d like to ask this designer of fine amplification and […]

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NICHOLAS PAYTON: In conversation

New Orleans trumpeter Nicholas Payton has never conformed to anyone or anything. Reading his Facebook posts and Twitter “tweets”, you sort of get an idea about how un-traditional he is. He speaks his mind and, should someone attempt to challenge him on his views, is hardly lost for words. His outspoken nature has allowed him […]

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Golden Fingers: An Interview with Jazz Piano Legend Mulgrew Miller

Jazz Bassist Jonah Jonathan Interviews Legendary Jazz Pianist Mulgrew Miller. Mulgrew Miller is one of the golden fingers of jazz. February 2012. Mulgrew Miller passed away on May 29th, 2013 from complications from a massive stroke. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest jazz pianists to ever grace the planet.

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MANA ACOUSTICS / JOHN WATSON: Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Mana Acoustics’ John Watson – the complete interview

    How did your interest in music reproduction start John? I guess I was always into music from a very early age. My Father was an electrical and mechanical engineer and used to build his own Hi-Fi back in the Fifties, so music played a big part in my formative years. You’re probably best […]

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MISSION: Henry Azima interviewed

John Atkinson writes ….. In its first three years, UK hi-fi manufacturer Mission Electronics employed a number of engineers to reinforce the creative talents of founder and hi-fi enthusiast Farad Azima. The lineup included John Bicht, now with Versa Dynamics, and Stan Curtis, now heading up Cambridge Audio. But when Farad’s brother Henry—”Henry” is actually […]

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SHERYL CROW: ‘I’ve attracted people who are very… challenged’

Craig McLean writes as follows: She’s endured life-threatening illnesses, crazed stalkers, and a doomed relationship with Lance Armstrong. But you won’t hear Sheryl Crow crying on her new country album. On Sheryl Crow’s farm, sipping PG Tips in the singer’s McMansion-like home, there are many things to discuss. Things such as this 50-acre spread half-an-hour’s […]

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George Thorogood Interview

By Reverend Keith A. Gordon Blues Expert:  The 34 years since the release of their self-titled 1977 debut album, George Thorogood and the Destroyers have forged a career of exceptional durability. Delivering guitar-driven roadhouse rock and houserockin’ blues, the blueprint established by that debut has been followed by the band ever since, and songs from […]

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TOWNSHEND ENGINEERING: Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Max Townshend

From our archives : Howard Popeck: Not many people know you’re a qualified engineer. What engineering discipline was your first degree? Max: Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical, specialising in communications. Where did you study? University of Western Australia So what happened after that? I accepted a commission in the Royal Australian Air Force where I was […]

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Research is the key to making yourself a better musician

Pianist Ivan Ilić embarks on a journey of discovery for his new album of Feldman, Scriabin and Cage Until a few years ago, I had no interest in reading composers’ biographies or anecdotes from their lives. I concentrated exclusively on the music. But then I had a couple of experiences that led to a change […]

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BLUR: Graham Coxon and Stephen Street on Parklife

  Interviews by Caroline Sullivan    Modern Life Is Rubbish [Blur’s second album] was overlooked because of the rise of grunge, but we were halfway to somewhere, and with Parklife we arrived. The album was the convergence of a lot of influences: Alex [James, bassist] wanted to be in Duran Duran, I wanted to be in […]

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BOWERS and WILKINS: Dr. John Dibb interview

David Lander writes: Before striding into the future, John Dibb enjoyed considerable exposure to his sceptered isle’s fascinating past. He was born in England’s North Country, in 1948, in a model West Yorkshire village established a century earlier by an enlightened industrialist determined to provide comfortable housing and communal amenities for his employees and their […]

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NOLA SPEAKERS: Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Carl Marchisotto at Nola Speakers

  So Carl … how did your interest in music reproduction start? My involvement with music started at an early age. I studied piano for 12 yrs while growing up. My Mom would take me to the Metropolitan Opera. My parents had a deep love for music and I got to hear a lot of […]

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