just mentioned to me that Lilly Allen released a new single and that it
does sound lovely to his sensitive ears. For him and me it's a second
nature to listen to audio in a more scrutinizing way and sometimes
that's keeping one from just feeling the joy of the sounds that reach
For many years I
worked in the music industry and today I'm working for me and my ideals.
I can luckily switch modes so it's not that I'm always listening with
my brain but quite often just with my heart as well. I love music, to
state the obvious. But, it couldn't be much of a surprise to anyone
reading this, modern consumer directed music is suffering for years now
by compression method antics that squashes music to one big pulp. In the
last say 5 years music has become more and more annoying to the ears of
many, simply because all of the different record labels and artists
wanting to be heard (which is quite understandable) and for years the
tactics of sounding louder as your neighbor worked.
anymore, I for one don't even buy certain albums any more just because
they sound like a complete disaster. It's been so far pushed to the
limits, sound wise in loudness levels, that it becomes almost unbearable
to listen to. For years I protested this method and shared my thoughts
and examples of how it all could've sounded. [eddylite.blogspot.com]
It's great to hear some artists and labels and/or management executives
that want to go back. Take it all a notch down and let the listener,
the buying audience, decide just how LOUD they want their music to
See, once the engineers that create your music decide
that it should go as loud as it possibly can, you can't turn it around
anymore. You could listen on a lower volume level but it would only
sound flat and lifeless. Oddly enough, just exactly the opposite of what
the engineers had in mind. When engineers create your music with
dynamics (in short, not that LOUD but with jumps and wells where it is
in fact a bit more quiet) you can play it just as loud as you want. In
that scenario, it sounds lovely when you use it as a musical background
but you can also crank up that dial and it still sounds lovely...
Thanks to Lily and Company for taking this first baby step, yes, it can
still get better than this, and along with her a few other artists that
surprised me at least with albums that don't push the limits of
loudness but simply let it all breath a little...
And ofcourse, as always, a big thank you to Ian Shepherd. Go say hi to him if you love music and agree here.
P.S. "Go, Lily, Go Lily..."
(this is a repost from facebook earlier today.)
Read what Ian Shepherd from www.productionadvice.co.uk says about this great day for music...