Is modern music high-end?

January 28, 2018
 by Paul McGowan

4 comments on “Is modern music high-end?”

  1. The video screen shot of Paul’s reaction alone is enough reason to come to Boulder and see this thing aside from meeting the guys dedicated to great products. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Since it is not possible to determine what a modern recording is supposed to sound like, I judge my system on how natural human voices sound on recordings that contain voices that are not electronically processed but are intended to convey a realistic approximation of a human voice. There are many other factors to consider in judging a stereo system, but in determining how close one is to the absolute sound this is what I have come up with.

    1. While acoustical instruments are the very foundation of music, both present and historically, the idea that an electric, or electronic instrument is invalid is not a fair assessment. I will concede however, that music created, recorded and mixed entirely in the digital domain may lack some of the heart and soul seen and felt in live performance. And by live I don't mean the click track, vocal corrected, prerecorded background sound productions. I mean human voices and acoustical, with or without electronic assistance, instruments mixing their various sounds in a preordained musical pattern or song through their talents and abilities cannot be duplicated by a person , like myself, in a fully synthesized environment. The feeling I get when performing in my own little world, which during practice, resides only in my headphones or desktop mix speakers is wonderful, sure. But it cannot touch the joy and exhilaration of singing a duet of even the simplest song with a close friend or loved one, or revered fellow performer. The pitch may not be perfect, and rarely is, but when the harmonies work, say in the early Simon and Garfunkel albums, you can kiss the digital perfection good bye. No I've long since lost the ability to sing due to a poor surgeon with limited skills a long time ago so I rely on playing my little synthetic devices to express myself musically. And quite honestly, a performer who plays an electronic instrument on stage, like a MiniMoog or an ARP Pro-soloist is just as valid as the greatest flautist or whatever acoustical instrumentalist even though his sonic output requires amplification and a speaker system. And to those of us who have worked tirelessly twisting knobs and sliders and patch cords to create a totally unique sound should not be discarded as invalid just because we cannot exist without electrical power. High End? It may indeed be easier to reproduce a sound, which was originally designed and produced by a speaker, than to get a speaker to produce the sound of some odd shaped wooden frame with strings strung across it or, of course, the human voice. So I guess High End means the accurate duplication of naturally produced acoustical waves as opposed to those created electronically. Both may be challenging, but I bow to acoustics in the end.
      P.S. sorry for getting a bit off topic

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