How many layers?

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With some new circuit or software innovations, we hear deeper into the music—removed is an obfuscating layer revealing what lies just under the surface.

Which begs two questions: are there actually layers to be removed and if so how many are there?

The assumed layers blocking a closer look inside the music have been called many things: veils, layers, clouds, and haze—a stack of barriers separating music and listener. Their one-by-one removal gets us closer to the original recording, or so we imagine.

I question this whole notion of layers and wonder if instead, it’s more closely related to increasing the contrast or adding saturation to a video image.

Could it be that instead of removing layers, we’re actually supercharging the musical signal?

More than just a semantic twist, there’s a fundamental difference between removing haze and amping up content.

It’s an interesting question, one I will spend more time exploring over these next few months.