JULIAN BREAM: The Gramophone interview

  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 single-handed […]

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Dame Janet Baker: Speaking to Joyce DiDonato

From the archives: 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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Blues Styles: Mississippi Delta Blues

by Reverend Keith A. Gordon Updated July 23, 2017 Perhaps the most influential of the many styles of blues music, Mississippi Delta blues, also called Delta blues, rose out of the fertile agricultural triangle located between Vicksburg, Mississippi, to the south and Memphis, Tennessee, to the north, and bordered by the Mississippi River to the […]

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Sound Reproduction: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms

“Floyd Toole, a leading expert in the field of sound reproduction, explains how to design the best possible listening experience for recording control rooms and home entertainment systems. This comprehensive work covers the whole sound reproduction chain from multi-channel audio configurations and the loudspeaker/room system to acoustics and psychoacoustics and the evaluation process. Part 1 […]

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A Short, Sad History of the Blues

by Bob Strauss Updated September 13, 2017 The musical genre known as the blues is difficult to define, but you know it when you hear it: a simple chord progression, a deep bass line, and lyrics that evoke wisdom, sadness, and resignation. A “standard” blues is twelve bars long: lyrics are repeated twice in the opening […]

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The Best Classical Violin Music

  Aaron Green / ThoughtCo writes: Great classical music for violin is always within arms reach, you just need to know where to look. These classical violin pieces were selected based on melody, popularity, and overall likability. Here’s a list for those of you looking to expand your classical music horizons or for anyone needing […]

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What is the Chicago Blues Style?

by Reverend Keith A. Gordon Updated March 08, 2017 When American became embroiled in World War II, it served to increase the exodus of African-Americans from the Southern states northward to cities like St. Louis, Detroit, and Chicago. Former sharecroppers were moving out of the rural areas of Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia to find jobs […]

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How Beethoven’s symphonies changed the world

Phillip Clark writes: Ludwig van Beethoven, the composer who, more than any other, changed music, the sound of music and what it is that composers do, wrote nine symphonies that jolted music out of itself. Life could never – would never – be the same again. The “classical” rationality of structure, harmony, form, melodic development […]

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LFD AUDIO: Q/A with Dr Bews – Does a low output impedance usually results in better defined bass sound?

Dr. Bews writes: Low output impedance for line level products (provided impedance is less than 500ohms) I believe has little or no influence on subjective balance of a product. PSU design, parts selection, wiring, circuit layout,  etc have much more influence on sound. Availability, special offers and sales enquiries HERE For UK availability, prices, upgrade […]

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Why write symphonies?

‘I would like to think we might now be in a phase when composers no longer seek merely to impress with complexity’ Why write symphonies? People often ask me this. They are probably mindful that I’ve spent most of my active life composing for the media. First it was TV commercials – including my music […]

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Is this now the most widely read Hi-Fi magazine on the planet?

Good question. We don’t know for sure but the three vital statistics below seem to point that way. Unique visitors: 19,863 Number of visits: 39,288 = 1.97 visits/visitor Pages opened: 260,150 = 6.62 pages per visit To view more stats please click Statistics for hifianswers.com (2018-05) – main For the technically inclined, we have never […]

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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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Design and Application of Room Acoustic Diffusers

The research into acoustic diffusers at the University of Salford has been extensively summarised in a text book co-authored by Professor Trevor Cox: Acoustic Absorbers and Diffusers Diffusers are used in spaces where acoustics is a critical requirement. They can be used to improve speech intelligibility in railway stations, theatres and teleconferencing rooms and are […]

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When did headphones become an important weapon of choice for audiophiles?- by Anthony Kershaw

  Let’s be clear of the Audiophilia (my) stance. Headphones are convenient, they are in the domain of thin-walled residents, and many significant others love them, but in no way do they represent what I think represents natural, musical sound. I’ve heard the best. And, at length. Stax and Sennheiser Orpheus, chief among them. I […]

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The Real Chicago Blues

Blue Chicago offers a revealing look at an important part of Chicago life. David Grazian spent lots of time in blues clubs all over the city, schmoozing with musicians, bartenders, club owners, and audiences, sometimes even taking the stage himself. What he uncovers is how people involved with the Chicago blues scene define the blues experience […]

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