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Tom Krehbiel 
This site is the result of Tom Krehbiel's switch from print media to on-line publishing under his own aegis. It started out as the exclusive location for Tom's articles, both those that first appeared on paper and newer ones created for the web.  He operates theSoundscapeBlog as another online outlet.

Noise // Notes

Audio, ETC.

In the introductory days of audio componentry and the search for quality in reproduced music at home, Edward Tatnall Canby wrote a series of columns on the topic for The Saturday Review.  Those columns, along with related commentary by C.G. Burke and Irving Kolodin, appeared in book form in 1952 as The Saturday Review Home Book of Recorded Music and Sound Reproduction. I recently spotted a copy on eBay and placed a winning bid.

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In The Astonishing Hypothesis (1994) Nobel laureate Francis Crick, one of the DNA guys, describes a study on selective attention in hearing that makes clear the need for a stereo/mono switch for playback of single channel source material.   The main sources this affects are mono LPs, 45s, and 78s, but I have a few CDs were mastered from mono LP sources in which the production engineers did not take the obvious and necessary step of mixing down the left and right channels.

In our formative years, ABC books helped us learn our letters and also introduced us to information about the world. A trip from A to Z remains fun for almost everybody, typically blending the familiar with the unexpected. Thus, the ABCs of Jazz which follows.  [Originally published as a "Jazz Tracks" column in CD Review, 10/1992.]

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Music // Overviews

Favorite listening from 2008

Here are ten recent [2008] favorites in no particular order. As usual, if I were to construct a similar list next week, it could differ considerably.

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