Other Places: Studios And Sound

In their list of priorities, most serious listeners put music's content before the quality of its sound. In one of our listening sessions at my house, I apologized to Paul Desmond for the scratchy surface of the old vinyl LP I was playing for him. "I don't care if it's recorded on cellophane strips," he said, "as long as I can hear what everybody's doing." Nonetheless, Desmond's own playback equipment was state of the art. He preferred first-class audio. The Desmond episode came to mind as I … [Read more...]