ED MEITNER: The audio maverick interviewed

Robert Harley (Stereophile magazine) writes: Ed Meitner is one of those rare individuals who charts his own course in audio product design. From his platterless turntable of the mid-1980s to his new Intelligent Digital Audio Translator (IDAT, reviewed elsewhere in this issue), Ed Meitner’s products have been distinguished by original thinking and innovative engineering. Although […]

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Lauren Kinsella: In Between Every Line – by Ian Patterson

  “It may be that the voice is the most difficult instrument to improvise with, judging by the relatively small number of improvising vocalists out there. Jazz singers who scat are common enough, but only the best are able to breathe life into a style that has become rather formulaic over the past century. Lauren […]

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HELIUS DESIGNS: In conversation with Howard Popeck – part three

Geoffrey – what is your response to the statement ‘How many channels do you think it takes to make a music listener happy; One. Mono’s fine. I’ve never heard anybody bitch about Louis Armstrong, saying, “I would enjoy it if it were only stereo” Now this question is interesting from several perspectives and I’m going […]

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Ed Sheeran interview: ‘I don’t make music for critics’

Ed Sheeran, who has topped Radio 1Xtra’s power list, on breaking America, love triangles, and why Benedict Cumberbatch won’t dance for him. In a room at RAK studios –the famous northwest London hit factory founded by Seventies producer/writer Mickey Most – Ed Sheeran is unveiling his new album. It is late March and the singer-songwriter […]

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Blues music: An interview with David Grazian author of Blue Chicago: The Search for Authenticity in Urban Blues Clubs

Question: The blues weren’t invented in Chicago, but they were certainly shaped here: urbanized, electrified, and set to a danceable beat. Suppose I want to hear the real stuff, some authentic Chicago blues, and I go to a local blues club. What will I find there? David Grazian: Nowadays a lot of Chicago blues clubs […]

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AUDIO NOTE: Peter Qvortrup talks three-motor turntables: Audio Note UK 2016, factory photos & new speakers

Still a good read despite being published in 2016 I had the rare opportunity recently to catch up with Audio Note UK head honcho, globetrotter, music lover, and hi fi-industry legend Peter Qvortrup, who graciously agreed to be assailed with questions by me regarding what his company has up its sleeve for 2016. Qvortrup is […]

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BOB HEIL: The Master of Game-Changing Microphone Technology, interviewed

Marty Paule writes:  Highly opinionated and fiercely independent in his views about pro sound, Bob Heil builds mics and possesses a professional resume to back up his often out-of-the-box attitude. And speaking of boxes, it was Bob who invented one of the most memorable guitar effects of all time: the Heil Talk Box that made […]

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LINDI ORTEGA: Country’s woman in black A tough childhood and a passion for outlaw singers give Lindi Ortega’s songs a darker edge.

  Ben Walsh writes ….. She was bullied at high school, dumped by her boyfriend before the prom and ditched again just before moving from Toronto, her hometown, to Nashville last year. It’s no small wonder, then, that Lindi Ortega favours heartbreak material, although the eloquent country singer doesn’t appreciate being pigeon-holed. MORE

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BARB JUNGR: ‘I’m an obsessive kind of person’ – interview by Robert Chalmers

How singer-songwriter coped with the death of her ex-husband and two sisters in the space of two years to became ‘our greatest living interpreter of Bob Dylan’ Barb Jungr’s home town does not enjoy the most enviable of reputations. When it features in the national news, Stockport is almost invariably the subject of ridicule or […]

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Tim De Paravicini: Writing about transformers in his valve amps

There are so many ways power transformers are made. I on all my valve power amps design my power transformer so that a low voltage secondary winding behaves as an electrostatic screen so either mains terminal end of the primary winding behave about the same. The leakage voltage and current you are talking about as […]

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MORSIANI: Carlo Morsiani – italian builder of precision Morsiani tonearms and turntables interviewed

Carlo Morsiani (TNT-Audio) writes: Could You explain to our readers when and how You started your interest about hi-fi and turntables building? CM > I started my interest in the sixties end, when in Italy the only review with a section dedicated to hi-fi was “Discoteca hi-fi”. In 1971 I visited the first Italian hi-fi […]

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TONY MICELI: Interview

Victor L. Schermer writes:  Tony Miceli is a long-time master vibraphonist who, until a few short years ago, was relatively unknown outside of the Philadelphia area, when he started getting requests to perform and teach all over the world. Now, he is in demand in Ireland, South Korea, Argentina, and Australia, not to mention New […]

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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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David Bowie on Ziggy Stardust, white funk and other theatrical matters – a classic interview

  Charles Shaar Murray writes: Three changes of dress and a kiss from Lou Reed. The waiters were horrified. Jill and Lyn are 17 and they’re into Bowie. They’ve both seen David working three times in as many weeks. They’ve both got Ziggy Stardust and neither of them like Marc Bolan. Jill says she likes […]

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VTL: Luke Manley and Bea Lam interview

Stereophile write: Our meeting was propitious and totally unexpected. The locus was Los Angeles’ Sheraton Gateway Hotel last May, on which we had all descended for Home Entertainment 2006. As a contributor to Stereophile’s Show blog, my assignment was as liberal as they come: Go where you are drawn, listen as you will, and record […]

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