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Old 07-29-2012, 10:01 PM
Filacterua Filacterua is offline
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Default Re: Pop music too loud and all sounds the same

Alas! Comforting news indeed!

May I suggest examining a bit of evidence?

"I am glad that at least in my life I found someone
That may not be here forever to see me through,
But I found strength in you,

I only pray, that I have shown you a brighter day
Because thatīs all that I am living for, you see.
Dontīt worry what happens to me."

- Stevie Wonder, "You and I" (1972 - Talking Book)


"And if I ever lost my hands
Lose my plough, lose my land
Oh, if I ever lose my hands- Oh, if...
I wont have to work no more
And if I ever lose my eyes
If my colours all run dry
And if I ever lose my eyes - Oh,
I won't have to cry no more
Yes, I'm being followed by a moon shadow
Moon shadow moon shadow
Leaping and hopping on a moonshadow
Moon shadow moon shadow"

- Cat Stevens, "Moonshadow" (1973 - The Teaser and the Firecat)


"Your stare was holdin',
Ripped jeans, skin was showin'
Hot night, wind was blowin'
Where you think you're going, baby?

Hey, I just met you,
And this is crazy,
But here's my number,
So call me, maybe?"



This part of the article I find particularly revealing:

"They also found the so-called timbre palette has become poorer. The same note played at the same volume on, say, a piano and a guitar is said to have a different timbre, so the researchers found modern pop has a more limited variety of sounds."

No wonder I miss the old recordings, where so many wonderful instruments were used... Instruments that are criminally absent from today's pop landscape, like the electric organ, the saxophone and even the (REAL) piano...


"The music industry has long been accused of ramping up the volume at which songs are recorded in a 'loudness war' but Serra says this is the first time it has been properly measured using a large database."

I have caught myself squinting at the excessive compression used in modern day records. Even albums with otherwise good musical content (like Audrey Assad's music, which should ideally have a quaint, subdued quality about it) are squashed into an ungodly mass of trebly artifacts, too noisy and obtrusive to enjoy.
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