I've wanted to write for a long time about the relationship between venue and song, which Byrne talks about extensively in his book. While looking to put the piece together I came across this piece from Byrne's blog that pretty much sums up what I was looking to do, and puts it better than I probably would have.
Before John Oates became Darryl Hall's trusty, and smirky, sidekick in all of those ubiquitous Big, Bam Boomtastic MTV videos in the 1980s, there was this humble soul duo from Philadelphia with phenemonal voices who wrote great songs that not a lot of people heard. That all changed after the release of H&O's third album, but it is their second album that told the world just how deeply their talents ran.
Here at KEF, we're known for our flagship speakers, The Reference Line and Blade, and our R and Q Series because of how fabulously they perform, but we also understand that not everyone (yours' truly amongst them) is in a position – or has the desire – to satiate their need for music with top of the line gear.
Conventional wisdom has held for years that the optimal shape for a tweeter was a flat baffle with no waveguide or element between the listener and the baffle. Using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) KEF’s engineers have concluded that, like most conventional wisdom, the conventional wisdom in this case needs to be adjusted.
This week's Front-to-Back Album is a treat for me because I'm going to talk about an album that takes us to a place that only exists if we consciously make it exist. This album comes from the heart of the resurgence of Americana and roots country and rock & roll that is living a very nice life just beneath the surface of all the yelling and big-drum-booming that goes on in the Establishment media.
Here I am, in our Audiophile Dream Sequence doing a search on the Googleyweb for audiophile cables. Specifically right now I am searching for an IEC cable for my receiver. The reader should also take note that in this dream sequence I am sitting in a Ferrari Testarossa and tooling around the south of France while cracking wise with Scary Spice and my neighbor's dog (who is sitting in the front seat). It seems sometimes that all of the audio world is in a dream state.
This installment of KEF Tech dissects and discusses the reasons behind KEF's Vented Tweeter technology. Another in a long line of engineering innovations that separates KEF from everybody else, our vented tweeter helps ensure clear, articulate high-frequency response from our speakers bringing you even closer to what your favorite artists or movie directors intended for you to hear.
As positive as I am about the future of music, I can't help but wonder if the current state of the industry and the reliance on the two supergenres for revenue is going to stifle musical creativity going forward. There are some who say that music in general is in a downward spiral because of this, but I still tend to disagree.
Often wrongly cubbyholed as uni-dimensional purveyors of Paddyrock, the Saw Doctors did not shy away from embracing their roots while drawing deeply from the wells of US FM rock and early UK punk. The Saw Doctors did for the west of Ireland what Bruce Springsteen did for the post-War Jersey Shore and what John Mellencamp did for life growing up amid the cornstalks and Dairy Queens of Indiana.
Friday night is the best night of the week to listen to music (unless you do shift work or have a schedule that doesn't honor the weekend). But all things considered, the Zen of putting on a good record (or CD), on a system that sounds good, with people (or a singular person) that you enjoy spending time with makes the non-sense of the week all worthwhile. A decent bottle of wine or a nice single-malt Scotch are optional.
With that in mind, allow us to introduce a new section devoted entirely to the beauty of the front ot back album, which is ingeniously titled Front-to-Back Albums.
In today's episode we're going to take an in-depth look at bi-wiring. This article (and the earlier article about bi-amplification) are simply technical looks (salted with some of my own opinion) on the subject, and aren't really meant to offer advice either way.
Somewhat close to everything you ever wanted to know about bi-amplification but were afraid to ask. This article may be exactly how dry and boring you're afraid it might be, but hopefully you'll find it useful anyway.
This morning at the Munich High-End Show, KEF announced and demonstrated an exciting new line of Reference speakers as well as Blade II - a smaller (6.5" driver) version of KEF's massively popular flagship Blade speaker.
This week I hop in the Way Back Machine once again to pull out a real gem of a set: Third World's Rock the World. Sometimes blasted by reggae purists, Third World successfully defies categorization even after 40 years. In a 1992 interview with Billboard Magazine, lead singer William Clarke described Third World as "Strictly a reggae band, no. Definitely a reggae band, yes."
The simple truth is, if you're not interested in a full-blown 5.1 system, you can have an excellent television viewing experience in good-old-fashioned 2-channel stereo, with maybe a subwoofer thrown in for good measure.
On vinyl, it's not difficult to put together 44 minutes of great music, but once record labels began demanding that artists fill up the entire data capacity of a CD, producing an album with a 60 minute run-time and no crappy songs became much more difficult. That's one reason why CD-era music contains so few albums worthy of the "Front-to-Back" title. With that in mind, Indian Summer is an album that totally earns its F-t-B inclusion.
The seventh annual Record Store Day (RSD) is this Saturday, April 19. Record Store Day is an event conceived to celebrate the importance of independent record and music stores to the music-loving community. Sure, MP3s are nice and convenient, but seriously, what about the actual experience of going to a store with a vibe and spending some time seeking out new music on your own instead of depending on an algorithm to do it for you?
I'm going way out on a limb – and deep into the vault – this week, but if you stick with me you'll get it. Before Mumford & Sons, Jake Bugg, the Kings of Leon and the hipster Americana musical movement, there were the Eagles, Pure Prairie League and the Flying Burrito Brothers. But the most under-appreciated and musical of them all were the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, the original OMD.
I write and speak the Gospel of Good Sound whenever I get the chance. I am an audio outlier. A high-fidelity voice in the barren desert of a culture that is slowly turning it's back on the beauty and art of sound. I sometimes lose hope that the very idea of actually caring about how things sound is a concept that is slipping away from us.