Essays


  • Echoes of Apollo: The Music of Ancient Greece

    Introduction: The Soul of Greek Culture In the heart of ancient Greece, music was the very pulse of society, intricately woven into the fabric of daily life and imbued with a significance that went far beyond mere entertainment. This deep integration of music in Greek culture manifested in various dimensions, from the sacred echoes in…

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  • The Dirtiest Trick In The Recording Industry Exposed

    And what you can do about it.

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  • Has Taylor Swift Become A Distraction?

    “As she strides the globe in the 4-inch heels of total conquest, the question is raised: how much Taylor is… too much Taylor?”

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  • Can Cables and Ancillary Equipment Improve Digital Sound?

    “I’ve downloaded digital files from Qobuz and HD Tracks that were compressed by as much as 80%!”

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  • How a Vinylphile Found His Groove, Part 2

    “Holy ‘Groove Echo’, Batman!”

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  • Here’s The Trick to Dealing With “Unpleasant” People in Audio Forums

    “This is the most stupid thing I’ve heard in my life” This was a comment posted in a Facebook audio group referring to a piece I wrote for PMA Magazine. To my surprise, I wasn’t offended by it. But I would have been several years ago. Why then and not now? Because I’m better now…

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  • Comedy of Errors

    “In some ways, audio is a microcosm of life. Before you get it right, you’re going to make lots of mistakes.”

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  • 3 Things I Learned About… Magnepan Speakers

    First impressions are mostly right, except when it comes to Magnepan speakers. On first audition, their sound may not grab you like that of conventional speakers. They’re certainly not flashy-sounding. But that is part of their allure. And it’s one reason why I’ve been living with Magnepan speakers for over 10 years. Mine is an…

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  • Is Digital Simply “Ones and Zeros”?

    I belong to several Facebook audio-related groups, including Streaming Music Matters, which is administered by Qobuz’s David Solomon. While the undeniable focus of the group is music-streaming via Qobuz, there are also many lively and intense tech-centred discussions covering all aspects of streaming and its associated equipment. Many of those discussions feature members from the…

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  • How a Vinylphile Found His Groove, Part 1

    The microscopic world on a vinyl record is full of unusual things.

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  • How I Became an Audiophile

    “Sometime in the 1990s that slumbering beast within, audiophilus obsessivus, awakened.”

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  • The 1985 Effect

    In the ever-evolving landscape of hip-hop, a phenomenon reverberates with unwavering resonance – “The 1985 Effect.” This term is harvested from the seeds of J. Cole’s candid song “1985 (Intro to ‘The Fall Off’),” where wisdom intertwines with rhythm, creating a narrative that pierces the fabric of contemporary hip-hop culture. The song paints an authentic…

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