Music: Carnegie Goes Electronic

It can be argued that New York's Carnegie Hall has the finest acoustics in the U.S. It was built in 1891, well before sound became a modern science, and to this day no one really knows why an orchestra, pianist or singer sounds so well performing there. Given the problem so many new auditoriums have with their acoustics, the managers of Carnegie Hall guard their trust as though it were the Holy Grail.

Recently, Carnegie officials had to face an agonizing acoustical problem: the hall needed a new pipe organ. The old instrument, installed...

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