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Here at Twittering Machines (TM), we take the enjoyment to be found in listening to recorded music seriously—as seriously as we take any of our other passions.

We review every aspect of hifi from speakers to DACs to systems. You’ll also find relevant hifi news and show coverage so we can keep you informed on the latest gear and trends.

If there was no recorded music, there would be no need for hifi. This dependency, you could call it the music clause, is something we are not going to minimize or ignore at Twittering Machines. To be clear, music is not a tool to determine the value of a hifi, hifi is a tool used to discover the value of music.

It ain’t just about how it sounds. The Art&Culture section of Twittering Machines will be, among other things, an outlet for hifi industry people to talk about their passions beyond hifi.

While music is an important part of our lives—I say it is necessary and my proof is the fact that there has never been a culture in the history of man without it—our lives don’t end there. Not even the lives of the people who make music for a living or the people who make the machines we use to listen to it. Our other passions inform and are informed by our love of music (passions tend to stick together) and I find the links between our passions fascinating because that’s where living exists.

Welcome to Twitting Machines. I hope you enjoy the journey.


The opening image is my iPhone photo of the Gunnar Schonbeck exhibit at MASSMoCA. I recently visited the museum for the first time and I would recommend you visit too as its more than 200,000 square feet of exhibition space allow you to see things you cannot see anywhere else.

Gunnar taught at Bennington College, where I received my B.A., and while I did not study with him, Gunnar’s compassion radiating around him like walking through a fine hot summer rain.

I bring this up because I agree with Gunnar in that making music is something everyone should and can do. In so doing, we can get closer to the music made by others.

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