Deep Listening: Why Audio Quality Matters {Video}

Picture 4Check out this fascinating video if you’ve got the time. If you’re a musician, music lover, or audiophile (I try to be all 3) you’ll really dig this discussion. It features a panel of recording engineers, producers, and people who work in mastering for the music industry. They’ve worked with just about any name you can think of. The video is 2.5 hours but I could’ve watched it for days had it gone on. They talk about how we consume music and how the quality of the audio effects the way we experience music. I especially loved when they delved in to their experiences with other artists and the discussions about the various mediums we use to deliver music. They also play vinyl records to show samples of music. Do check it out if you’ve got time and let me know what you think about it. Personally, it inspired me to kick things up a notch in my recordings, it also had me examine how I listen to sound in music. Yesterday after watching this, I re-calibrated the tone arm on my turntable, positioned my speakers for optimum sound, and re-examined some older LP’s I have and compared them with some of my MP3 collection. What I took from this video the most was that great audio quality allows for you to connect with music in a more intimate way; it put’s you that much closer to the sounds that were captured the day they were recorded.

Video: http://www.philoctetes.org/Past_Programs/Deep_Listening_Why_Audio_Quality_Matters

Synopsis: Most of us listen to recorded music far more than we listen to live music. Music is everywhere: in elevators, shops, cars, restaurants and bars, on our computers and, for some of us, in every room in our home. But what of the listening experience itself? Considering the Zen concept of mindfully doing one thing at a time, what pleasures await the person who just listens? Conversely, what do we miss when we degrade the listening experience? This roundtable will address the factors involved in maximizing or minimizing the impact and effects of what we hear, from the conception and recording of music to the listening format and environment of choice. In a modern day twist on McCluhana’s “The Medium is the Message,” the panel will discuss the effects that music delivery media have on our perception and reaction to music.

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