Guide to the John Sunier Collection
Finding aid prepared by Franz Kunst
Archive of Recorded Sound
Braun Music Center
541 Lasuen Mall
Stanford, California, 94305-3076
The Board of Trustees of Stanford University. All rights reserved.
Title: John Sunier Collection
Collection number: ARS.0110
: 175 open reel tapes (15 5" reels ; 160 7" reels) ; 3 audiocassettes
Archive of Recorded Sound
Recordings of interviews with prominent figures in the audio and sound recording industry conducted by John Sunier for his
radio program Audiophile Audition.
Language of Material: English
Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact the Archive for
Property rights reside with repository. Publication and reproduction rights reside with the creators or their heirs. To obtain
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John Sunier Collection, ARS-0110. Courtesy of the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford,
The John Sunier Collection was donated to the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound by John Sunier from 1988 to 1996.
This finding aid was produced with generous financial support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Scope and Contents
Open reel tape recordings of interviews with prominent figures in the audio and sound recording industry conducted by John
Sunier for his radio program Audiophile Audition. Sunier broadcast the weekly national radio program from 1985 to 1998, drawing
from the material contained on these reels to create hour-long profiles from virtually every corner of the audio world: engineers,
designers, musicians, conductors, producers, label owners, manufacturers, journalists, and scientists. The content is principally
interviews, but there are a few lectures and panel discussions as well. Among the more recognizable subjects: Jerry Bruck,
Robert N. Parker, Wilma Cozart Fine, George Martin, Don Ososke (Ampex), Peter Hammar (Ampex Museum), Jack T. Mullin, Orrin
Keepnews, George H. Buck, Jr. (GHB), Michael Cuscuna (Mosaic), Manfred Eicher (ECM), Bernard Coutaz and Rene Goiffon (Harmonia
Mundi), Foster Reed (New Albion), Will Ackerman (Windham Hill), Nicolas Slonimsky, Michael Tilson Thomas (interview by Alan
Farley), David Harrington (Kronos Quartet), Henry Mancini, Dave Grusin, Keith Jarrett, Bobby Hutcherson, Claude Bolling, Danny
Zeitlin, Bernie Krause, Mickey Hart, Pat Gleason. From Stanford University, John Chowning and Jeffrey Borish from the Center
for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics and Barbara Sawka of the Archive of Recorded Sound were interviewed. Unfortunately,
only a partial list of contents is available at the Archive. Audiophile Audition is now a "web magazine for music, audio and
home theater," accessible at http://www.audaud.com.
Audible Audition (Radio program)
Sound recording industry