Mike Silverton

Editor Mike Silverton contributed to the print bi-monthly Fanfare first as a columnist and later as a reviewer for about a dozen years before he proposed to Madrigal Audio Laboratories that they sponsor an Internet music review. Thus La Folia. (The sponsorship ended with Madrigal Labs’ demise. La Folia has since operated absent sponsorship or ads.) In addition to having contributed articles to Stereo Review, The Absolute Sound, and most recently, StereoTimes.com, Silverton produced poetry readings for Pacifica Radio (WBAI, KPFA, KPFK), WNYC and the New School for Social Research dogs’ lifetimes ago. His own poetry has appeared in anthologies compiled by the late William Cole, poetry mags, Harper’s and The Nation. More recently Silverton has shown his art at Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, Maine, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. A two-CD set, Analogue Smoque, Pogus 21029-2, features Silverton reading his texts to musical accompaniments by Tom Hamilton and Al Margolis. Silvertonresides with his wife Lee, an artist, in an 1842 town house on the coast of Maine (in which Jefferson Davis spent a night in 1854).

Personal Discoveries: Mieczysław Weinberg

For this needful listener, ECM 2368/69, with Gidon Kremer as soloist and concert master of the rather immodestly named Kremerata Baltica, arrives in timely fashion as a Year’s Best.

Personal Discoveries: Mieczysław Weinberg

For this needful listener, ECM 2368/69, with Gidon Kremer as soloist and concert master of the rather immodestly named Kremerata Baltica, arrives in timely fashion as a Year’s Best.

A Rare Gem from mode: The JACK Quartet Performs Helmut Lachenmann’s String Quartets

Helmut Lachenmann’s string quartets evolve, and always within the composer’s unique and uniquely challenging idiom, from disjunct near-stasis to something like a glimpse of the past.

A Rare Gem from mode: The JACK Quartet Performs Helmut Lachenmann’s String Quartets

Helmut Lachenmann’s string quartets evolve, and always within the composer’s unique and uniquely challenging idiom, from disjunct near-stasis to something like a glimpse of the past.

Acoustic Revive’s RAF-48H Air-Floating Board

This manner of magical thinking suggests that electronic components floating, so to speak, on air ought to produce a sound of spectral delicacy.

Acoustic Revive’s RAF-48H Air-Floating Board

This manner of magical thinking suggests that electronic components floating, so to speak, on air ought to produce a sound of spectral delicacy.

IPC’s Acoustic Equalizer Panels

Let’s spice things up with a provocation: In your reporter’s opinion, this IPC array will deliver a greater improvement to a perfectionist’s audio system than any upgrade of electronic essentials or cabling.

IPC’s Acoustic Equalizer Panels

Let’s spice things up with a provocation: In your reporter’s opinion, this IPC array will deliver a greater improvement to a perfectionist’s audio system than any upgrade of electronic essentials or cabling.

The IPC Sound Power

It doesn’t often happen that an audio journalist is among the first in his corner of the world to celebrate a remarkable product line.

The IPC Sound Power

It doesn’t often happen that an audio journalist is among the first in his corner of the world to celebrate a remarkable product line.

IPC’s Acoustic Energizer and Disc Energizer

This stuff leaves the premises over my dead body.

IPC’s Acoustic Energizer and Disc Energizer

This stuff leaves the premises over my dead body.

Taking Random for a Walk

My too-early listening – at a low volume setting so as not to disturb Best Beloved – includes late-Feldman anything and, these days especially, Haydn’s string quartets most handsomely performed on the Tacet label by Auryn Quartet.

Taking Random for a Walk

My too-early listening – at a low volume setting so as not to disturb Best Beloved – includes late-Feldman anything and, these days especially, Haydn’s string quartets most handsomely performed on the Tacet label by Auryn Quartet.

Random Noise 35: Monastic Cell, but Comfy

I like to think of myself as a man of (tenuously connected) parts…

Random Noise 35: Monastic Cell, but Comfy

I like to think of myself as a man of (tenuously connected) parts…

Acoustic Revive’s RR-777

My interest in audio, with breaks in continuity, began in the mono era. In all that time I’ve not encountered stand-alone devices as effective and, to be honest, as mysterious as these endearing pulse generators.

Acoustic Revive’s RR-777

My interest in audio, with breaks in continuity, began in the mono era. In all that time I’ve not encountered stand-alone devices as effective and, to be honest, as mysterious as these endearing pulse generators.

And What, Pray, of Opera, You Ask

Footsteps! And whilst I wonder, be it she, my visage encounters an amusing cream pie. The Gypsies are thunderstruck. Flat out astonished down to the ground.

And What, Pray, of Opera, You Ask

Footsteps! And whilst I wonder, be it she, my visage encounters an amusing cream pie. The Gypsies are thunderstruck. Flat out astonished down to the ground.