MUSIC THERAPY: What is it?

As human beings, music plays a fundamental role in our identity, culture, heritage and spiritual beliefs. It is a powerful medium which can affect us all deeply.  Playing a musical instrument, being part of a choir or in a band, listening to music – these are all ways in which we can engage in music. […]

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VAN MORRISON: Moondance (Deluxe Edition 4 CDs/1 Blu-Ray Box)

We are told: Warner Bros. Records celebrate Van Morrison’s classic 1970 album in 1-CD, 2-CD and 4-CD/1-BD configurations.  The latter expanded versions comprehensively explore the album’s sessions via outtakes, alternate takes and previously unheard mixes. Following one 1967 album for Bert Berns’ Bang Records, Van Morrison made his debut at the famous Burbank label in […]

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GALE: Dave Smith – UK-based restorer of vintage Gale speakers aka VintageGale.com

Dave has kindly agree to be interviewed by Howard Popeck for us. Meanwhile he tells us: I first purchased a pair of these speakers in 1977 and have retained my interest and enthusiasm for them to this day, having offered this service for the last 25years. Rebuilds have been carried out for a variety of […]

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OPERA: Why you won’t catch a British politician at one!

Martin Kettle writes: Unlike Angela Merkel, our leaders rarely flaunt their cultural tastes. It’s to the detriment of national life Last Saturday I sat in something very close to rapture just a few feet away from Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel. But Merkel wasn’t making a speech. She wasn’t giving a press conference. And, although I […]

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MICHELL ENGINEERING: Synchro test review

Howard Popeck … The Synchro was mid-priced turntable inspired by the original GyroDec, but with an inverted-pendulum suspension and a glass platter. It looked dazzling 20 years ago, and it still does today. In the John Michell tradition, all the working parts are exposed, superbly engineered and impeccably cosmetically finished. It has a cast-ring sub […]

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MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER / A LOST IMMORTAL: The Things That We Are Made Of (CD)

Mary Chapin Carpenter’s brand new album The Things We Are Made Of comprises eleven songs that communicate with the plain-spokeness of handwritten, heartfelt letters from a confiding friend; this is art without the artifice. The result is music that is likely to be as powerfully moving as any you have ever heard. The album is […]

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SPEAKER CABLES [337 pairs] NOT ON EBAY via THE AUDIO MISER. This list purged and updated 26/07/21

NORDOST PURPLE … https://www.audioasylumtrader.com/ca/listing/Speaker-Cables/Nordost/Purple-Flare/Speaker-Cables-5m-spades/217582 ALLNIC … https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649714876-allnic-audio-zl-3000-speaker-cables-3m-length/ MAPLESHADE … https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649760014-mapleshade-audio-clearview-double-helix-2-speaker-cables/ TARALABS … https://www.audiophile.org/Ilan/Taralabs-the-zero-evolution-interconnects-xlr-15-metre/39490 DISCOVERY SIGNATURE … https://reverb.com/item/42384806-discovery-signature-speaker-cables-8ft-pair-spades AUDIOQUEST METEOR … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649760758-audioquest-meteor-true-double-biwire-speaker-cables-spades-8-72v-dbs/ TRANSPARENT … https://guildfordaudio.co.uk/guildford-audio-products/product/421-transparent-audio-ultra-xlr-mm2-interconnects-15ft AMPHION … https://www.gearslutz.com/board/gearslutz-secondhand-gear-classifieds/1337123-amphion-2-x-orange-2-5m-speaker-cables.html TARALABS … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649759851-tara-labs-quantum-reference-speaker-cables-2-10-ft-each/ AUDIENCE … https://pinkfishmedia.net/forum/threads/audience-au-24-speaker-cables.248330/ LINN K20 … https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649760706-linn-k20-speaker-cables/ AUDIO ART … https://www.audiogon.com/listings/lisa919c-audio-art-cable-statement-speaker-cables-speaker?refsource=hifishark AUDIOQUEST … https://www.usaudiomart.com/details/649663982-audioquest-rocket-88-8ft-speaker-cables-banana-ends/ KIMBER KABLE CARBON … https://tmraudio.com/shop-new/accessories/speaker-cables/kimber-kable-carbon-series-16-speaker-cables-pair/ LAURIN … https://www.willhaben.at/iad/kaufen-und-verkaufen/d/laurin-pac-constellation-4-x-1-50-m-speaker-cables-421083202/ LINN K20 …. […]

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ARTHUR RADFORD NOT ON EBAY via THE AUDIO MISER. The list created 26/07/21

180/50 [FYI ONLY] … https://www.hifianswers.com/2021/01/radford-180-50/ BD 25 … https://www.springair.de/de/radford-bd25/1-tieftoener-paar/h62393 ESA 25 … https://www.audio-markt.de/market/radford-esa-225-118354601 FM 1 [FYI ONLY] … https://www.hifianswers.com/2021/01/radford-fm1-recent-images/ FM 2 … http://www.emporiumhifi.com/head-office-norfolk-suffolk/radford-stereo-fmt2-tuner/ FM T2 … http://www.emporiumhifi.com/head-office-norfolk-suffolk/radford-stereo-fmt2-tuner/ HD 250 [FYI ONLY] … https://www.hifianswers.com/2021/01/radford-hd250-fresh-images/ MA 25.3 https://www.marktplaats.nl/a/audio-tv-en-foto/buizenversterkers/m1687835059-radford-ma-25-series-3-buizen-eindversterker.html?previousPage=lr MA 50 [FYI ONLY] … https://www.hifianswers.com/2021/01/woodside-radford-ma50-renaissance-mono-amps-6-new-images/ MA 50 [REN] … https://www.marktplaats.nl/a/audio-tv-en-foto/buizenversterkers/m1718540816-radford-ma-50-renaissance.html?previousPage=lr MA 75 … https://usato.audiograffiti.com/annunci/amplificatori-finali/249630/ MONITORS … https://usato.audiograffiti.com/annunci/diffusori-acustici/234723/ MONITORS […]

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OPINIONS / MUSIC

BRIAN MAY (from Queen) seems like a remarkable human in every way. What’s your best Brian May story?

Violet Zann There are many, but there’s one in particular that I recently discovered and I’d love to share. In 2012 Brian bought 121 acres of land that were about to be developed into building, and planted over 100,000 trees there with help from volunteers. It’s now a thriving woodland called “May’s Woods”. 15.4K viewsView […]

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New Dark Age Tour EP 2015 A.D. (Vinyl LP) by Crippled Black Phoenix

  Led by multi-instrumentalist Justin Greaves (ex-ELECTRIC WIZARD, ex-IRON MONKEY) • Recommended if you like: ELECTRIC WIZARD, PINK FLOYD, KYLESA • 57-minute EP! • Including a lengthy, 2-part mind-blowing cover of PINK FLOYD’s classic “Echoes” • The B-side of the vinyl editions is beautifully etched • Transparent clear vinyl edition strictly limited to 250 copies […]

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D is for diamond: Transfiguration creates special limited ‘D’ edition of flagship Proteus phono cartridge

FROM OUR ARCHIVES Hand-crafted in Japan by Immutable Music’s Seiji Yoshioka, Transfiguration moving coil (MC) phono cartridges have been hailed as being among the world’s most musically honest.  This is no accident, since their design has always been guided by two firm principles: first, to extract the most minute, natural musical detail from a record’s […]

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