Pushing the aural envelope with high-res audio evangelist Steven Wilson

Originally posted March 2015 By Mike Mettler: “96/24 — that’s my bottom line these days, absolutely.” Steven Wilson is standing firm. The once and future guru of high-resolution recording and surround-sound mixing (he’s been behind the board to forge 5.1 wonders for everyone from Yes to Tears for Fears) feels everyone should be recording (and […]

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A freelance audio-designer talks candidly about a rarely admitted mental design challenge and his thirteen-point workaround.

I talk to a well-known freelance audio-designer who currently wishes to remain anonymous in exchange for expressing candid views. We’ll call him John; as good a pseudonym as any. Neil McCauley / editor in chief —//– Neil: I’m interested not specifically in your designs – interesting though they are but in the design process; like […]

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The Essence of sound: an interview with an audiophile

HONG KONG – Audiophiles are a fastidious bunch.  They’re audio perfectionists who are constantly on the prowl for the latest gear to appease their ears.  What sounds “fine” to one person, sounds like fingernails down chalkboards to an audiophile. But there are few audiophiles who could claim they have a way to enjoy high quality […]

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ART HOYLE: Interview

In his own words…Art Hoyle: “Art Hoyle received his first trumpet on his eighth birthday in rural Oklahoma. He began playing in clubs and ballrooms at the age of fifteen in Gary, Indiana. After a four-year stint in bands in the U.S. Air Force, Hoyle joined the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1956. From 1957 to […]

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The Unique Evils of Digital Audio and How to Defeat Them

John Siau writes as follows: We are all too familiar with the criticisms of digital audio. We have heard digital audio described as harsh, brittle, lifeless, tense, cold, and non-musical. Perhaps each of us can add our own adjectives to this list. We are surrounded by poor-quality digital systems. Our consumer-grade CD players, DVD players, […]

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STEVE REICH: ‘Rock was pretty much off my radar – then along came Radiohead’

The composer credited with creating Minimalism tells Phil Johnson about discovering his own kind of music. “I grew up in the Forties with the hit parade, broadway shows and even Rhapsody in Blue. I took piano lessons like most middle-class kids but I never played or heard anything before Haydn or after Wagner. It wasn’t […]

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Bryce Dessner is best known as the guitarist with the much-loved art-rock band The National, but …..

First published November 2013 Bryce Dessner is best known as the guitarist with the much-loved art-rock band The National, but over the last few years he has steadily been carving out another branch to his career in modern composition and contemporary classical music – and the various other terms that are used to describe such […]

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AERIAL ACOUSTICS: Michael Kelly Reveals Some Trade Secrets

Stereophile write: Aerial Acoustics, the speaker firm that Michael Kelly conceived a quarter-century ago with David Marshall, is headquartered north of Boston, not far from the Merrimack River Valley region that once produced textiles and shoes by the trainload. Kelly, though, is quick to equate Aerial with far more distant firms. His industrial models are […]

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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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JUSTIN CURRIE / DEL AMITRI: ‘We were never cool, even back in the indie days’

Si Hawkins: Just a few minutes into a perfectly good-natured chat with Justin Currie, I suddenly feel the need to make an embarrassing, tone-altering admission. Currie was, and soon will be again, the lead singer of Del Amitri, a band seemingly destined never to be hip, and an easy target for those of us who […]

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THE KINKS: Dave Davies on his emotional return to the UK stage and ‘toxic’ relationship with brother Ray

Dave Davies is standing among the seated breakfasters one bright morning in the Clissold Arms, a heavily remodelled gastro-pub in north London, across the road from the terraced house where he grew up. He is trying to discern a more shadowy spot, visible only in his memory, where in 1961, aged 14, he and his […]

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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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Speaker savant Andrew Jones spills the secret of killer sound on a budget

Caleb Denison (Digital Trends) writes: We were excited enough to be among the first to receive Pioneer’s new Atmos-enabled Elite speaker system for review, but when the company sent along legendary audio engineer Andrew Jones to install them, that was something else entirely. The man behind the speaker’s design and engineering — whose name is stamped right on the […]

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ALISON KRAUSS: Interview

Martin Chilton, The Daily Telegraph’s Digital Culture Editor writes ….. Alison Krauss has won more Grammy awards than any woman in history (26) and is third in the all-time winner’s list. Her voice is ridiculously good but the one thing she doesn’t worry about is songwriting. In an interview before the release of her excellent […]

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Watch George Martin cruise through L.A. to talk ‘God Only Knows’ with Brian Wilson

The Los Angeles Times: There sits the late George Martin, behind the wheel of a vintage Cadillac convertible, cruising through Los Angeles and talking about the city’s import as a studio town. In the clip, taken from the 1997 BBC documentary “The Rhythm of Life,” Martin’s got a destination in mind as he rolls down […]

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