Tapestry


  • A Deeper Look Into a Modern Classic: The Dayton Wright Hommage

    From the PMA vault, this article was initially published in August 2022 and is worth revisiting. One of my favourite and most memorable listening experiences this year was of the state-of-the-art Dayton Wright Hommage (French for Homage) loudspeaker, a cutting-edge re-imagining and redesign of the Dayton Wright XG-10 of yore. The Hommage uses nine XG-10…

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  • Jazz Kissa and the Rise of Hi-Fi Havens

    Welcome to the inaugural feature of our new column, Hi-Fi Havens, where we’ll explore the world’s most captivating high-fidelity cafés, lounges and listening places. Each edition will take us to a new city, uncovering the local spots where music isn’t just background noise but the main event, played on systems that turn listening into a…

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  • Disco and Debauchery: A Night at Studio 54

    Studio 54 flung open its glamorous doors on April 26, 1977, and with its opening, it instantly cemented itself as the crown jewel of Manhattan’s nightlife. This wasn’t just a club; it was a nocturnal kingdom where the elites of Hollywood, fashion, art, and music came to play. The stories of its decadence, celebrities, and…

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  • A Star-Studded Spectacle: The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness

    On April 20, 1992, Wembley Stadium in London transformed into a pulsating heart of rock ‘n’ roll reverence and remembrance, hosting the monumental Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert for AIDS Awareness. This wasn’t just any tribute. This was a seismic, guitar-strumming, vocal-cord-straining homage to Freddie Mercury, the electrifying frontman of Queen whose life was tragically cut…

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  • Please Tell Me It’s An April Fool’s Day Joke!

    This article presents the author’s personal perspective and does not necessarily reflect the endorsements or viewpoints of the editorial team. To submit your own opinions, please contact our editor-in-chief. A few days ago, I received a press release announcing that the Los Angeles Orange County Audiophile Society (LAOCAS) and the Chester Group from England are…

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  • When Four Became One: McCartney’s Melodic Farewell

    On this day in history, the tapestry of modern music was forever altered by a seismic shift that sent ripples through the realm of pop culture and beyond. April 10, 1970, stands as a cornerstone moment, not just in rock ‘n’ roll lore but in the annals of artistic endeavors at large. It was on…

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  • Streaming vs. Lossless: Understanding Audio Formats

    In the ever-evolving landscape of digital music, the quest for pristine sound quality amidst the convenience of digital formats has led to the creation of an array of lossless audio codecs. These formats serve as a beacon for audiophiles and music enthusiasts alike, offering a sanctuary where the integrity of sound is preserved in its…

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  • Brico’s Baton: A Woman’s Whisper in the Roar of Men

    Early Crescendos: The Formative Years of Antonia Brico In the rich tapestry of classical music history, Antonia Louisa Brico’s narrative is a compelling saga of tenacity, pioneering spirit, and sublime artistry. Born under the shadow of societal constraints in Rotterdam on June 26, 1902, to an unmarried Dutch Catholic mother, Brico’s journey from an obscure…

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  • Elvis at Sea: The Day the King Rocked the USS Hancock

    On the third day of April in 1956, a spectacle unfolded that was nothing short of a cultural earthquake, with Elvis Presley at its epicenter. This wasn’t your garden-variety television appearance; it was an event that would ricochet through the annals of music and television history, leaving an indelible mark on the fabric of American…

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  • From Opening Night to Global Limelight: The Vienna Philharmonic’s Timeless Tale

    On the eve of March 28, 1842, Vienna—a city already buzzing with the whispers of musical innovation and cultural renaissance—was about to witness an event that would carve a new cornerstone into its artistic edifice. The Imperial Opera Theater, a beacon of operatic and symphonic excellence, set the stage for a concert that would mark…

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  • Thirteen Hours to History: 10 Fun Facts About The Beatles’ Debut Album

    Diving into the whirlwind recording session of The Beatles’ debut album “Please Please Me” is akin to unearthing a time capsule filled with musical marvels, quirky anecdotes, and the birth of legends. This album, crafted in a single day’s sprint on March 22, 1963, at Abbey Road Studios, is a tapestry woven with tales of…

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  • Rickrolling Through the Ages: The Enduring Legacy of Rick Astley’s Hit

    On this day, 36 years ago, the global airwaves were set ablaze with an infectious beat that was destined to become an emblem of pop culture. March 12, 1988, marked the beginning of Rick Astley’s two-week reign at No.1 on the US singles chart with the indelible “Never Gonna Give You Up”. The track didn’t…

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  • The Velvet-Cloaked Maestro: Chronicles of a Sonic Sommelier

    In the heart of a bustling city, tucked away in a cobblestone alley vibrant with the echoes of footsteps past, stands an emporium of auditory delight, presided over by the enigmatic figure known as the Sonic Sommelier. This maestro of melody, a curator of cadences, is not merely a man but a living embodiment of…

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  • Bowie’s Unseen Beginnings: His 1965 Debut With The Manish Boys

    In the labyrinthine annals of rock history, where stars are forged and legends are etched into the ether, the ascent of David Bowie from an enigmatic fledgling to a celestial paragon of music and style unfurls a narrative rich with transformation, innovation, and sheer audacity. Picture this: the year is 1965, an era when the…

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  • From Stadiums to Taverns: The Night The Stones Rolled into El Mocambo

    In the annals of rock ‘n’ roll history, few moments shimmer with the kind of raw, unfiltered magic that The Rolling Stones conjured on March 4th, 1977 at Toronto’s El Mocambo Tavern. Picture this: the world’s most gargantuan rock band, known for their stadium-shaking spectacles, downsizing their colossal presence to the cozy confines of a…

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