ESSENTIAL READING: John Daversa: Bursting Out of LA – Interview by R. J Deluke

Seen in the hallways at California State University in Northridge, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, where he teaches big band arranging, jazz history and other music courses, John Daversa might be seen with his goatee, and dense, dark and curly hair, parted in the middle, and correctly sense he might be involved in one of […]

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ESSENTIAL READING: High Definition Vinyl May Soon Be a Reality

Calum Slingerland: Though its market share of music sales is still relatively small, the resurgence of the vinyl record is very much a recognizable music retail trend that doesn’t seem to be slowing. Now, an Austrian music distribution company is looking to push the format in a new direction by revolutionizing the current manufacturing method. […]

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Jazz Has Become The Least-Popular Genre In The U.S.

David La Rosa writes: According to Nielsen‘s 2014 Year-End Report, jazz is continuing to fall out of favor with American listeners and has tied with classical music as the least-consumed music in the U.S., after children’s music. Both jazz and classical represent just 1.4% of total U.S. music consumption a piece. However, Classical album sales were higher for […]

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ESSENTIAL READING: 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 own […]

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ESSENTIAL READING: Valve microphonics

J. Evans writes: The construction of a valve is not a completely rigid structure. Any relative movement of the various electrodes not only affect sinter-electrode capacitances but also variations in current and mutualconductance. Such relative movements can be caused by vibration, such as sudden knocks or even ambient sounds. Mullard presented the results of an […]

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ESSENTIAL READING: Ugly Things #40 (Magazine)

  They say: This issue has cover stories on the Flamin’ Groovies, the Dictators and the Human Expression. Cyril Jordan recounts the making of the Groovies’ seminal Teenage Head album. The Human Expression released a pair of mind-blowing garage-psych singles in 1966 and 1967 that are today regarded as among the most exciting and original of the era. In this issue the band […]

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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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Buying stereos and avoiding really dumb decisions #5 – for £16 or less

Hopefully: 1.  You’ll agree that it’s essential that your amplifier or amplifiers being auditioned should be as close to tonally consistent across the spl (volume) band as possible i.e. no bass, or mid or treble emphasis (or dropout) as the volume is changed. 2.  That the only fair comparison between any two components (amps in […]

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MARC MYERS: Why Jazz Happened. Book review by Ian Patterson

Jazz’s timeline and the iconic figures of each of its successive stylistic movements are well known to aficionados. Less well understood, however, are the underlying conditions that created these changes. Advances in recording technologies, social trends, radio, the incursion of pop and rock, and socio-political factors all played major roles in shaping the evolution of […]

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Britain’s role in the worldwide audio industry is something we should all celebrate

From the archives …… ANDREW EVERARD / GRAMOPHONE: Despite the tendency of many to run down the UK audio industry as being out of touch, there’s much to applaud in its continued success Two things struck me as 2014 started. One was the emergence of figures from Britain’s leading luxury car manufacturers, Bentley and Rolls-Royce, […]

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Sticky situation: Magnetic audiotape’s potentially catastrophic degradation in storage

University of South Carolina: Many of the more than 46 million sound recordings archived throughout the US carry the risk of being destroyed during an attempt to digitize them, because magnetic audiotape can deteriorate over time. A team of researchers is developing a means to readily assess the structural condition of magnetic tape, using non-destructive […]

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Sonic Wonderland by Trevor Cox – review

CASPER HENDERSON: Sand dunes hum and oceans rumble in this infectiously enthusiastic study of sound and hearing “I am hearing all the secret whisperings of the world!” says the Big Friendly Giant, whose ears are as large as those of an elephant, to the young heroine Sophie in Roald Dahl’s story. “I is hearing the […]

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ESSENTIAL READING: Donnie Fritts interviewed by Eric Gebhardt

There is a unique blend of southern R&B, soul, and blues that is known the world over… Closely related to the sounds of Stax Records and folks like Rufus Thomas, but with a slightly different blend of spices and it’s own distinct flavor… Studios, sessionmen and songwriters from the northwest corner of Alabama put their […]

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ESSENTIAL READING: Sound Reproduction: The Acoustics and Psychoacoustics of Loudspeakers and Rooms

Today, a new category for us; highlighting media that seeks to investigate and then apply the latest relevant scientific knowledge to the pursuit of achieving improved sound reproduction in the home. Thank you Howard for drawing my attention to this idea. Neil McCauley / Editor in Chief “Floyd Toole, a leading expert in the field […]

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