Of the heart (opinions)

  • Transfiguration

    Transfiguration

    Imagine a fly buzzing around in the Pinacoteca Vaticana in the Vatican City. It flies around and eventually lands on an oil painting – Transfiguration by Raphael. It looks at the couple square centimetres of surface it has landed on,…

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  • Music & Friendship

    Music & Friendship

    I was fortunate to be able to attend the Munich show again this year. In fact, after setting up the room, four days of exhibiting & packing up, I am now de-compressing in the Netherlands with my colleagues and friends,…

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  • Why do we like listening to sad music?

    Why do we like listening to sad music?

    Hey Doc! What’s wrong with me? Why do I feel better after listening to sad songs? This one is a bit peculiar. Most of my music buddies suffer from the same affliction. No, not the ‘Audiophilus Nervosa’ – the inability…

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  • Maslow’s hierarchy of audiophile needs

    Maslow’s hierarchy of audiophile needs

    I love listening to different hi-fi systems. I am intrigued by the differences – how we all go on a journey of discovery and find equipment that speaks our sound. I love it when I look at photos of different…

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  • Journey into the divine muse

    Journey into the divine muse

    John Mellencamp was once being interviewed by an enthusiastic young music journalist about his famous hit song ‘Jack and Diane’. At one point she asked him “John, did you intend to symbolise the experiences of typical teenagers growing up in…

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  • I’m sorry, you can’t measure emotion in music

    I’m sorry, you can’t measure emotion in music

    I believe that music can be TRANSCENDENT. As with many artforms, if you are sensitive to it, if you are receptive enough, music can affect you on many levels. To someone like me, defining music as pure entertainment is a…

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  • Music in different languages

    Music in different languages

    Have you ever considered both the freedom and the limitations our language imposes on us and how some languages are better than others for certain purposes? The German language for example, is great at describing scientific objects & phenomena. The…

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  • Moments of beauty

    Moments of beauty

    One of the defining characteristics of our time is the incredible busyness of our lives. We have established a culture that admires people who can plan, set goals, ‘achieve a lot in a day’, multi-task, meet deadlines and generally get…

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  • Music is a wonderful thing

    Music is a wonderful thing

    A few weeks ago, I sat down one night after a long day, turned on the TV and became captivated by a documentary that was exploring the role of music in the treatment of people with various medical conditions. In…

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  • Are you a measure-ophile?

    Are you a measure-ophile?

    Can you predict how a car will feel to drive from its spec sheet or brochure? Can you tell if you will enjoy someone’s company by reading their personality profile, or how a meal will taste from looking at the…

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