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"I was delighted to find this. You guys are scientists and spiritualists. Kudos!"

"Simplicity is a great virtue but it requires hard work to achieve it and education to appreciate it. And, to make matters worse: complexity sells better." -- Edsger W. Dijkstra

UnSpun 124 – Dr. Hans Utter: "Music and Transformation: Self, Society, and Cybernetics" -- FANTASTIC

"Perfect" human hearing spans frequencies 20 Hertz to 20 kiloHertz, a range of 11 octaves and larger than any musical instrument. It is also finely sensitive to air pressure modulations over many orders of magnitude, from as minute as 20 micropascals (the "noise of silence") to over 150 deciBels (a jet engine at 100 feet). Hearing is our most perceptive sense by far. At least one-third of the human brain is related in some way to sound perception or creation. Sound is intrinsic with life.

Sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but habit." ~Aristotle

"If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration." - Nikola Tesla

"...music seems to be the most immediate of all the arts...Music possesses us...it really is as if some 'other' has entered not just our bodies but our intentions, taking us over." - Robert Jourdain, MUSIC, THE BRAIN AND ECSTASY (1997), p 328

"Music directly represents the passions of states of the soul - gentleness, anger, courage, temperance...if one listens to the wrong kind of music he will become the wrong kind of person..." - ARISTOTLE, Politics, 8, 1340

"...through foolishness they, the people, deceived themselves into thinking that there was no right or wrong in music, that it was to be judged good or bad by the pleasure it gave...a spirit of law breaking." - The Laws of Plato, Vol III, Univ. Chicago Press, 700c 1980 p 86

"If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well-governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer." - Confucius

"The introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperilling the whole state." - PLATO, REPUBLIC

"Music is the mediator between intellectual and sensuous life...the one spiritual entrance into the higher world." - Ludwig van Beethoven

"Modern art is largely a matter of deformaties. Modern music is a matter of deformaties, but we have grown so accustomed to it that we assume that these deformaties are normal. They are not." - Manly P. Hall, video

"...[Oliver Heaviside] was a first-rate oddity. He was always half-ready to eat out of garbage cans. Basically...part of the reason why he died was that the neighbor kids stoned him with rocks, everyday. So he couldn't get out of his house. So Heaviside got to meet, like everyone else, the wonderful world of electrical study. If you go through all these inventors, you find out that electrical study really is the tale of Prometheus. You will be rewarded - ha! - the eagle will peck your liver, until you die. So, (chuckles) that is the way it works with the world of electrical study. It is not a business I recommend anyone getting into..." Eric Dollard

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Tubes vs Transistors


Tube Sound and Musical Emotion

Like many audiophiles, Sprey believes that translating music into numbered code creates a concoction that is cleaner than it is real, too perfect for people, sound with no soul. "Digital is like a horrible step backwards," Sprey says. "You have to use your ear to sort out where the new technology helps the music and where it hurts...especially with the most expensive and most complex stuff that conventional studios are using."

"Essentially, all the technology you have today works to hurt the music. ... It makes life convenient for engineers [and consumers]. It allows ... people who can't make music very well ... to sound pretty good. ... But all those electronic bells and whistles - the extra reverb, the extra equalization, the compression, all those things ... take a little life out of the music. And by the time you've applied 50 or a hundred of those things, the music doesn't sound anything like it would if it were played in your living room. ... Digital is like a horrible step backwards. ... You have to use your ear to sort out where the new technology helps the music and where it hurts."

What used to be called the "record business" ... quickly grew to become the "record industry," and now is metamorphosing into global conglomerations like Time Warner and MCA. As a result, Sprey claims, decision-makers at the major labels are so far removed from the creative process that the artists they choose to record are often as ill-prepared as the recordings themselves.

Dan Fesperman, Baltimore Sun, March 2002, from an interview with Mapleshade Records


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Milbert Amplifiers, The Most Musical Amplifiers. Made in USA since 1986.
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The Most Musical Amplifiers
Made in USA since 1986

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