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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Remember when music sounded good?

Remember when music was played on sound systems that made it sound good? Those of us that grew up in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, were very lucky, technology wise, when it came to listening to music. We were lucky because there wasn’t this explosion of technology, including digital music! I know, you’re thinking “but digital music is wonderful, clean, clear, portable, versatile, and all that stuff!”. But let me ask you something, does it sound good? The answer, most of the time, is arguably “No!”. The problem is that, people select too low of a sampling rate to rip and store their music, in order to save space on their devices. Furthermore, the headphones and speaker systems being used (everything from $3 earbuds to FM modulators for car radio interfacing) sound absolutely horrid. Not to mention that so many people today listen to music while they’re walking down the street, eating a snack, and talking to friends! Back in the day, music was Gospel. No matter if it was hard rock, classical, or Gospel! It was listened to. Carefully. And the technology we had, the LP record, turntable, receiver, and speakers, were cherished and worshiped as well. And it improved every year, and you’d go into the stereo store (that’s what we called them, “stereo stores”) and drool over the latest equipment that had a little bit better specs than last years! And every few years you’d save a few paychecks and splurge on some new component, and then all your friends would be over to hear the newest album…and they’d really listen! Man, are we lucky we didn’t have ipods! We would’ve really missed out!! Spread the word. Tell people that they’re missing out. Remind them to rip music at high sampling rates. .WAV files sound better than .MP3 ones. And use high quality headphones and amplifier/speaker systems. And then you’ll find yourself really listening again!

1 comment:

  1. Well, I don't know much about sound quality, but I'm sure that will quickly start to improve. MP3 players are such a new thing - in a year or two they will probably have invented the technology to allow for songs that "sound good."
    But what's so awesome about this new phenomenon is that it is the MUSIC ONLY that is being cherished. Never again will a band be famous simply because their record is a best seller and everyone's doing it. Music that doesn't make it simply gets deleted.
    Everyone can listen to whatever they want, whenever they want, wherever they want, and you need little to no money to do it. This leaves more money & time & energy spent on problems and things that matter - not the stupid overrated music intustry.