I should start this piece with an admission: I had no idea at the time I attended the “Timbre Is a Many-Splendored Thing” conference that I would be asked to review it. If I had known, I would have attended every panel or at least a far greater portion of the conference than I did. To be sure, I was present for at least a part of each of the conference’s four days. But I also played a good bit of conference hooky. This is not typical for me. Usually as a conference participant I am very plugged in. And that is why I am choosing...

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