Music appreciation

“The trouble with music appreciation in general is that people are taught to have too much respect for music; they should be taught to love it instead.” Igor Stravinsky. “Subject: Music”, New York Times Magazine, 9/27/64

Some new old records

Bought the new Led Zeppelin I, II, and III remasters on 180g vinyl – I’m hearing those recordings as never before, despite buying them back in 1971-2. My originals are a bit worn now.

Music, what’s it for?

Does music induce emotions in us? Does music present us with emotional experience so that we can escape danger, disappointments, failed relationships, death, and other realities of life? Is it nothing more than excessive and inessential use of voice and motor control, as per Steven Pinker? Music is just “auditory cheesecake” !!!! Yet music has […]

Musicians’ audio systems

In more than 40 years of avidly reading music and hifi magazines, blogs, etc., I can’t recall seeing any articles or interviews in which musicians (who make and record music) discuss their (home) audio equipment (on which they replay recordings). Why is this? I for one would be fascinated. Even Neil Young, the Pono pioneer, […]