AMPHION LOUDSPEAKERS: Music: A language which Amphion’s studio monitors translate smoothly

They say: “Translation is definitely the key, and I do not know a system that has translation as good as Amphion’s. Actually when you are mixing on the Amphions all post-playing speakers become your Amphion,” says Matej Gobec, a producer and sound engineer from Ljubljana, Slovenia. Please click HERE for the full story  

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AMPHION LOUDSPEAKERS: Songs of Norway: From fishing fleets to studio beats – the Studio Nord story

They say: “When I did my first recording as an artist I knew I was going to be doing this a lot and for a very long time,” remembers Fred Endresen – a recording/mix engineer, and owner of Studio Nord in Mosjøen. Please click HERE for the full story  

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Whatever happened to Hi-Fi Shows and the importance of both Patricia Barber and Radka Toneff?

Tony Andrews (contributing editor – jazz) writes: Back in the 1980 and 90s if you were in to Hi-Fi there were some great shows around in the London area. I can remember many happy hours spent at various locations near Heathrow and also at The Novotel in Hammersmith. As venue costs soared and demand dropped […]

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BOB WILLOUGHBY: Body and Soul. Book review by Chris May

To the wider world, Bob Willoughby is the Los Angeles photographer who took a raft of iconic photographs of movie stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe from the mid-1950s through the 1970s. During the earlier part of this period, as the first-call photographer for studios wishing to document the making of […]

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STEPHEN STILLS: The interview – ‘We’re still here, haha haha ha!’

Interview by Simmy Richman. Interviews with living legends often come with limitations. In the case of Stephen Stills the instruction is clear and comes from various directions: “Stephen will only be talking about his new project The Rides.” Mention anything else, I am gently informed, and Mr Stills will most likely be none too happy. […]

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ESSENTIAL READING: Philip Glass biography

“Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.” MORE

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JULIAN BREAM: The Gramophone interview

Gramophone Magazine: We reprint this revealing interview with Julian Bream from January 2007… Sixty years ago, the classical guitar was little more than a musical curiosity in Britain, despite the work of Segovia in Europe – a small-voiced, exotic instrument that wasn’t to be taken seriously. But then a determined Londoner changed everything. Julian Bream’s […]

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Dame Janet Baker: Speaking to Joyce DiDonato

They tell us…… An abridged version of this interview was released by Gramophone to celebrate Dame Janet’s 80th birthday on Wednesday (August 21). This fascinating full 30-minute version of the interview covers all aspects of Dame Janet’s career, including what it was like to work with Benjamin Britten and what it feels like to disagree […]

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ESSENTIAL READING: Graphene circuit’s wireless promise – by Paul Rincon

The promise of faster, cheaper and more efficient wireless devices has moved a step closer. Researchers at IBM have demonstrated the most advanced integrated circuit made of wafer-scale graphene – often touted as a “wonder material” that could revolutionise electronics. Graphene circuits could allow mobile devices to transmit data loads in a much speedier manner. […]

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ELMORE JAMES: A very useful mini-biography

Not my words, but …….. “No two ways about it, the most influential slide guitarist of the postwar period was Elmore James, hands down. Although his early demise from heart failure kept him from enjoying the fruits of the ’60s blues revival as his contemporaries Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf did, James left a ……..” […]

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ESSENTIAL READING: T’ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do, a book about blues women – by Rhetta Akamatsu

In the past, they were the Queens, strong women who took an unconventional path. They were the Blues Women, and they changed the face of music. To understand their history is to understand not only a great deal about black history but about the history of the country as a whole. Today, blues women still […]

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