Non-REM adventures in hi-fi

Guest Blogger: Rikky Rooksby is a prolific author and musician, writing musical how-to books such as  How to Write Songs on Guitar and Arranging SongsBelow is an excerpt from his blog.

It seems our most memorable encounters with recorded music happen without much consideration for the quality of the medium on which the music is transmitted. A whole generation of young people have apparently discovered their favourite artists, songs and albums through the pallid, eviscerated medium of mp3. Likewise, decades ago, I can recall falling in love with music heard on a tinny transistor radio or a mono tape cassette, or poor quality but exciting bootleg live recordings. It seems that if the emotional connection to the music is powerful enough, we listen through the medium’s imperfections that is bringing it to us. On the other hand, making acquaintance with new music through good hi-fi certainly doesn’t detract.

These thoughts followed a memorable hour listening to music courtesy of Oxford Audio Consultants, the city’s prime shop for audio equipment. I went to listen to a top-of-the-range CD/SACD player called La Source made by French company Aeroaudio…

To continue reading, go to Rikky Rooksby’s blog

At last my album of guitar instrumentals Atlantic Canticles is now available to purchase online, either as a download or as a physical CD. I’ll post some links here later, but a google search on the title brings up a number of options, and it is on (though not yet it seems on For more details on the album click on the side-link. I hope you enjoy this music and I apologize for the long delay since I announced it back in January.

Rikky Rooksby

Rikky Rooksby is a guitar teacher, songwriter/composer, and writer on popular music. Considered the premiere author of songwriting guides, Rooksby has also written numerous music history and guitar instruction books and has published over 200 interviews, reviews, articles, and transcriptions in music magazines. He has also transcribed and arranged more than 40 chord songbooks, including music by Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, The Beatles, and many other artists.

A member of the Guild of International Songwriters and Composers, Rooksby is also a sought-after teacher who leads courses on music at The Oxford Experience and other international continuing education summer schools.



Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

Posted on August 22, 2013, in Music Fans and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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