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  • Technology for Technology's Sake?

    Digital technology has enhanced music production, recording and distribution in ways unimaginable just a few decades ago, but are we losing something more essential in the process? Chris May talks to ambient pioneer and friend of technology Brian Eno...
    Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
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    I like to use visual analogies when talking about audio.

    About 15 years ago I went to a seminar about Photoshop presented by an expert. Before the seminar began, there were some pictures on a table at the entrance. As I was looking at the prints, I was thinking to myself that these photos were great and suitable for framing and I wished I could take photos like that. Turns out that speaker used each photo as an example and proceeded to describe in great detail each step where he used Photoshop to transform each original photo. What was really interesting is the original photos did not look much better than photos I take. It was a life changing experience. Photoshop is a powerful tool. One of the lessons I learned is that as an art form, you have permission to manipulate the original to repair it, change it, or make it "better".

    Manipulating audio using the latest technology is valid in my opinion when used by the artist to meet or exceeding the artists intentions. Music is art. And art is in the eyes (ears) of the beholder (or artist).

    Ultimately, its important that the original recording be made with the best (sounding) technology that can stand the test of time. Music can always be remastered/reissued...
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    • #3
      Another thing I forgot to mention about visual analogies is that Analog audio is like Film and Digital audio is like Digital photography. Film is becoming a dying (dead) art form and digital photography is advancing like Moore's Law.

      But film is still the gold standard as far as I am concerned. Take the 70mm film (movie) of Lawrence of Arabia, you can see dust floating around in the air in the scenes. Great analog tape is like that for me, there is more "there" there. Analog can have a massive amount of information and quality as well as information buried in the noise floor.

      State-of-the-art digital is increasing in information density and closing the gap on Analog. Digital tools are also advancing.

      So technology for technologies sake? Its out of our hands.
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