Michael Lavorgna

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 14, 2017
What's he building in there?
What the hell is he building
In there?
He has subscriptions to those
Magazines He never
Waves when he goes by
He's hiding something from
The rest of us He's all
To himself I think I know why

Tom Waits, from "What's He Building"

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 13, 2017
["In Barn" features a product that is in barn for review. Specifications and summary are provided by the manufacturer, Ed.]
The Cary Audio AiOS (All-in-One-System) ($2,995)
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 10, 2017
[This tour was originally published to my off-the-radar blog, Twittering Machines, November 13, 2010, Ed.]
Did you ever wonder what the inside of a Fi looks like? Between the sheets, so to speak? I'm not talking about capacitor types and signal path lengths, I'm talking about seeing past the parts into the heart and soul of the beast to have a look at what makes it tick. I had the good fortune along with Stephen Mejias, John DeVore and Nori Komuro to be invited over to Don Garber's place to hear a new amplifier he's working on and have a look in and around the place called Fi.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 10, 2017
artwork by Peter Brötzmann (that's my signed poster!) WARNING: some people may find this image offensive

On Wednesday, June 7, John DeVore, Stephen Mejias and I worked our way to downtown Brooklyn and into one of my new favorite places, ISSUE Project Room, to see and hear Peter Brötzmann (reeds) and Heather Leigh (electric pedal steel guitar) tear the place up.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 04, 2017
Once upon a time, four boys, two from Western Sahara and two from Big Sur, visited Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Upon seeing The Tree of Life in the Animal Kingdom, the boys from Western Sahara exclaimed, "Wow, that's a big tree!" while the boys from Big Sur said, "Hmm. That tree is not very big."

The end.

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 31, 2017
"Its too bad she won't live, but then again who does?

There's still a small war raging against MQA on the interwebs. While I'm not surprised, as there are countless small wars still raging on the interwebs, I thought I'd have some fun with the inherent contradictions raging in any small war on the interwebs. Enjoy!

Michael Lavorgna  |  May 12, 2017
You are invited into the barn for a talk about my hi-fi.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 10, 2017
It happened in the late '70s; I strayed from Jimi, Miles and the like, heading off on a path to fusion, away from heart & soul and into the heart of darkness.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 25, 2017
A sonic psychedelic hardcore soul collective onslaught the likes of which I've never experienced. Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O obliterated time & space in Monty Hall last night with sheer will & power. The level of energy sustained by the band throughout had me shaking my head in utter disbelief and the post-show walk back to my car through a quiet Jersey City with Stephen was surrealism incarnate. These boys are alchemists of the first order.
 |  Apr 20, 2017
still from the upcoming horror film. all photo credits: Stephen Mejias

OK, not movies per se, rather video. Yesterday, Jana Dagdagan and Stephen Mejias visited the barn and me for a video session, the fruits of which will be a video tour of my system.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 19, 2017
Recently, moths have been named as having the best hearing in the world, in both the animal and human kingdoms

I think about this hobby often: A lot. Recently, the thought that captured my mind was controversy; how is it that a hobby whose purpose is enjoyment so riddled with controversy? My next thought; why not talk about some of them?

Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 18, 2017
If you've read any book Murakami has written, you'll know that he scatters music throughout, like a great filmmaker imbuing the story with greater story. I happen to love, yes love, Haruki Murakami's writing which makes me more than interested in him. Being more than interested in music, to boot, makes this 3,350 song Spotify playlist more than a playlist; it's like a thought-journey in song.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 09, 2017
Friends invited us to a concert last week and I'll admit it was one I would not have otherwise attended.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 05, 2017
It's a children's book by musicians and artists that's not for children. It is, however, for us.

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