Ralph Glasgal is a noted authority on data communications and digital networks, and has written three books and many articles on these subjects. Founder of the Ambiophonics Institute, he invented Ambiophonics in 1987 — conceived to provide concert-hall realism in the home primarily from existing recordings of classical music. Has written many AES research papers on psychoacoustics and sound recording / reproduction, as well as a book, Beyond Surround Sound to Virtual Sonic Reality (serialized on stereotimes.com). He has published many articles about high-end gear in Stereophile, Audio, The Audiophile Voice and Audio Video Interiors. Glasgal Island, just off the coast of Antarctica, has been named for him (to honor a 1957 / 58 expedition in which he took part), and he has reached the base camps of the 10 highest peaks in the world.
While Wagner’s place in musical history is undisputed, his extraordinary, if unwitting, influence on world events is not fully appreciated.
I have lately been revisiting my small, but now growing, collection of very old (circa 1916) acoustic Victor Red Seal vocal 78’s of Caruso, Galli-Curci, Melba, Schumann-Heink, and Tetrazzini.