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).

Random Noise 2

Russia and the USA, Shostakovich and Feldman

Random Noise 2

Russia and the USA, Shostakovich and Feldman

Random Noise 1: Anouar Brahem on ECM

…when people ask me what I do, I tell them that I write about music nobody wants to listen to.

Random Noise 1: Anouar Brahem on ECM

…when people ask me what I do, I tell them that I write about music nobody wants to listen to.

Musicians Dissing Musicians

“Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don’t like, it’s always by Villa-Lobos?” — Igor Stravinsky

Musicians Dissing Musicians

“Why is it that whenever I hear a piece of music I don’t like, it’s always by Villa-Lobos?” — Igor Stravinsky

Helmut Lachenmann on Kairos

Once again, for the first time in this cozy, sunlit nook, the listener ponders his place.

Helmut Lachenmann on Kairos

Once again, for the first time in this cozy, sunlit nook, the listener ponders his place.

Mark Levinson No. 390S CD Processor

Not long ago, an audio hardware reviewer noted an irony: As the vinyl medium wanders yet farther into its dusk, its playback hardware improves.

Mark Levinson No. 390S CD Processor

Not long ago, an audio hardware reviewer noted an irony: As the vinyl medium wanders yet farther into its dusk, its playback hardware improves.

Salvatore Sciarrino’s Chamber Music on Kairos

I had intended to begin these Kairos comments with a several-disc report on Helmut Lachenmann.

Salvatore Sciarrino’s Chamber Music on Kairos

I had intended to begin these Kairos comments with a several-disc report on Helmut Lachenmann.

In Response to Ian Masters

For a better understanding of these remarks, go… “Flights of High-End Audio Fancy” by Ian G. Masters. The title pretty well indicates on which side of the audio divide Masters stands.

In Response to Ian Masters

For a better understanding of these remarks, go… “Flights of High-End Audio Fancy” by Ian G. Masters. The title pretty well indicates on which side of the audio divide Masters stands.

A Remarkable Event: Morton Feldman’s String Quartet 2

I had to correct a prediction as a just-in-time postscript: the unlikelihood of another recording of Morton Feldman’s Second String Quartet.

A Remarkable Event: Morton Feldman’s String Quartet 2

I had to correct a prediction as a just-in-time postscript: the unlikelihood of another recording of Morton Feldman’s Second String Quartet.

It Never Ends: Twilight Reflections on the Compact Disc

The question remains, why the perceived need to apply an automotive refurbishing agent — or anything — to one’s compact discs?

It Never Ends: Twilight Reflections on the Compact Disc

The question remains, why the perceived need to apply an automotive refurbishing agent — or anything — to one’s compact discs?

La Folia’s New Look

If you’ve visited La Folia before, perhaps you’ve noticed a new look.

La Folia’s New Look

If you’ve visited La Folia before, perhaps you’ve noticed a new look.