Sweet Madness

Zen In The Art of Listening

(Originally published in The High Fidelity Report on May 2, 2014)


"One of the most significant features we notice in the practice of archery, and in fact of all the arts as they are studied in Japan and probably also in other Far Eastern countries, is that they are not intended for utilitarian purposes only or for purely aesthetic enjoyments, but are meant to train the mind; indeed, to bring it into contact with the ultimate reality. Archery is,...

The Clock Radio Rule

(Originally published in The High Fidelity Report on Feb 6, 2014)

When I was just barely a teen, about 13 years old, I had this precise GE Alarm Clock/Radio that you see in the picture. AM/FM plus a little dial on the left to set the time that your alarm would go off and shock you out of a deep slumber. It was my "Hi Fi" until I was 14 - when my folks bought me a Sony all-in-one receiver (with record player,...

On The Slippery Eel of "Value"

(originally published as "What's It Worth?" in The High Fidelity Report on January 13, 2014)

In my last installment, I posited that Harvey "Gizmo" Rosenberg was the kind of writer that could get us to ask the difficult question as to why we are involved in this hobby at all. Is it for the worship of gear? The stimulation of sound-effects? The art behind the music? Or the ecstatic-transcendent effect of music on our consciousness? In this installment, I'm interesting in exploring the value of Value when it comes to those things deemed to be "unreasonable"...

On Observation and Opinion

(Originally published on December 22, 2013 in The High Fidelity Report)

The audiophile enthusiasm is a very addicting one because it provides us with a conduit for our music (which we already love), and it presents that music in a particular fashion or style - the "sound" (perceivable character) of certain technologies or formats as it is identifiable from other "sounds" of other technologies or formats. In this fashion we get to play with and appreciate the different manners of presentation of the music as well as the music itself.

As an easy example one can cite...