About Me

The title, Music and Miscellany, says it all I hope. I’ve worked in the thick of the domestic and professional audio business and on the fringes of the music business for well over three decades. I’ve been a loudspeaker designer, project manager, design manager, technical PR, technical writer, and technical journalist. And I’m still doing stuff that falls into those categories – consulting on speaker design, writing technical manuals and writing features and reviews for Sound On Sound magazine.

I’m also a self-taught bass player and recording engineer, and I’ve been in many more bands and recorded many more musicians than I can comfortably recall. Home, by the seafront in Brighton, UK, incorporates a modest recording and mix facility based on Pro Tools combined with Focusrite mic preamps and convertors, a varied selection of microphones and high-performance nearfield monitoring in a comfortable and quiet recording environment. There’s some more about my recording and mix studio on the Music @ Phil’s page here.

The idea with the blog is to record some thoughts on music and audio that pass across my desk, through my consciousness, or via my speakers (the identity of which tends to vary). Hopefully, somebody, or even somebodies, out there will be interested.

Lastly, this blog isn’t the only place you’ll find me. My business website is here, my Audio Icons print project is here, my SoundCloud page is here, and my late Mum’s 1960s diaries are here.



3 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Just happened to see an old issue of Sound on Sound with your review Of the Unity Audio speaker. I noted your comment on the internal aperiodic loading and its history. Just for your info there were earlier uses of the internal format. Some Dynaco speakers(made in Denmark, of course) used internal aperiodic loading in the early 70s. I recall at least three, the earliest was the A35, followed by the A50 and then the A40XL.


    1. Hi Allen, thanks for taking the time to comment. Yeah, the general rule on speakers is I think that whatever you think of somebody’s probably already done it! I vaguely remember a UK made Griffin Audio speaker in the 1970s that employed some kind of resistive loading too.


  2. Somehow there’s always an earlier example. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was one before the Dynacos. In fact I just thought of one in a sub woofer project in a mid 60s Stereo review. The woofer was tightly covered with a couple of layers of Muslim and the box was ported with lots of very small ports that would also be fairly resistive.

    On a similar case but perhaps original. I recall a friend of mine who designed almost everything, some quite odd in audio including all sorts of tube gear. But when David Berning brought out his ZOTL circuit I remember Murray telling me that this was a real invention and that all other circuits for decades whether solid state and tube were all variations on known circuitry.


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