What started as a story about perfecting a sound system for clubs ended up traversing history, family connection, sound geeks and ... a ghost. By Russell Brown

We live in a noisy world. Music pokes at us through earbuds and laptop speakers and Bluetooth devices. It blares down on us in cafes and bars and belches out from passing cars. It's crunched down for streaming and compressed to sound louder. For the most part, it doesn't reach us as its creators intended it to sound, but we accept the compromise for its convenience and portability. Well, most of us do.

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