This book is about a journey. On the one hand, the subject is the journey of sound as it travels through a sound system, then through the air, and inevitably to a listener. On the other hand, it is a journey which concerns my own quest to understand the complicated nature of this sound transmission. The body of this text will detail the strictly technical side of things. First, however, I offer you some of the personal side.

I was supposed to build buildings. Unbeknownst to me at the time, this calling was derailed on February 9, 1964 by the appearance of the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan show. Like so many of my generation, this landmark event brought popular music and an electric guitar into my life. I became a great enthusiast of live ...

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