"Over the last few weeks I have been listening at my house to the new Emergence AS8 speaker system invented by Australian audio engineer Joe Hayes . These unusual-looking speakers work in a surprising new way that is hard to explain but I have found them really pleasing to my ears! It is a beautiful smooth sound from a very small and distinctive looking package. What I love about them is that they don't STRESS me. They PLEASE me. I will put a full report up soon for those interested in sound and the psychoacoustic effect of music!!!"
Melbourne-based James Black has brought his multi-instrumental, songwriting and production expertise to some of Australia's biggest bands. He joined Ross Wilson in the classic line-up of Mondo Rock for albums including the classic 1982 set Chemistry with its smash single State of the Heart. He left the band in 1984 and toured the world with one of Australia's biggest rock exports Men At Work _ they played to a crowd of 250,00 in Puerto Rico. He also played with The Black Sorrows and Sorrows side-project The Revelators. His production credits include Mondo Rock, The Black Sorrows and Things of Stone and Wood, and he has won a new generation of admirers with his expertise as band-leader, guitarist and keys player for the house band in TV rock trivia show Rockwiz, where the studio band is called on to play everything from AC/DC rockers to soul classics while backing some of Australia's finest singers.
at home with Ed and Judi Kuepper
"We used the Emergence AS8 as reference speakers during the recording of my latest album. I was struck by how precisely they conveyed in the studio what I then heard at home on my far more expensive setup. They conveyed the audio image and tonality with great accuracy, surprisingly this doesn't happen as often as you'd think it does"
Ed Kuepper has been a dynamic force in Australian music since his first band The Saints sent a musical shockwave around the world with their classic debut single (I'm) Stranded in 1976. In a career stretching across 50 albums, great sound has always been paramount.