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The Whispering Gallery

The term Whispering Gallery Wave was coined by John William Strutt (Lord Rayleigh) in 1878 after he dispelled a common misconception that you could hear whispers from across the room in any part of the dome at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Strutt, an English physicist and pioneer in the field of interaural audio dynamics, found that sound waves traveled along the edge of the smooth surface of the arch of the dome without dissipating as they would in air, hence arriving at a listener's ear placed near the smooth edge of the arch on the opposite side of the dome with much the same volume as when they left the speaker's mouth. 

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Greatness. Amplified

Greatness. Amplified.

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Why Do Fingernails Scraped On A Chalkboard Bother Us So Much?

Cringing at the sound of fingernails being scraped on a chalkboard is an evolutionary remnant of the time when danger lurked just outside the cave and the quicker we responded the better our chances of survival. So the next time you hear one of these offensive noises, after you're done cringing thank your ancestors for developing an auditory alarm system that made you possible.

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Acclaimed Producer and Guitarist Fabrizio Sotti on Touring, Recording and the Art of Jazz

Since coming to New York from Italy at age 19, Fabrizio Sotti has worked with an incredible list of artists as a producer and guitarist. On the eve of his summer 2016 tour of Europe, Sotti sat down with us to talk about producing, recording, touring and how he came to the discipline of jazz.

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Masters of Sound with Henry Jackman

Last month KEF Masters of Sound took the show on the road to Hollywood where we were honored to sit down with Henry Jackman for a conversation that covered the art and philosophy of scoring music for film and the science of how it all comes together for a seamless cinematic experience. With an amazing list of credits to his name, including Captain America: Civil War, Wreck-It Ralph, Captain Phillips, Pixels and the soon to be released Birth of A Nation, Henry Jackman is the fast becoming the pre-emiment composer for film.

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Essential Downloads: The Beach Boys

Sure these songs are part of our collective musical consciousness, but don’t let that stop you from digging in and enjoying their beauty and majesty. You just have to scratch through the over-playing to get to the essence. Hit the record store when you’re ready to dive in, but in the meantime, these are 10 Essential Downloads to get you started.

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