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· Naughties
· · 2007
· · · January
· · · · 08 (2 entries)

Byrne on Music · Al­most ev­ery­thing David Byrne writes is in­ter­est­ing, but when the sub­ject is mu­sic and you’re some­one who cares about it, you re­al­ly want to read it. While he falls for the “an LP has more in­for­ma­tion than a CD” ca­nard, and that in an es­say where he has ear­li­er con­sid­ered the ef­fects of CD’s vastly-superior han­dling of the high and low ends of the fre­quen­cy range, it doesn’t re­al­ly weak­en the force of his ar­gu­men­t. Many will prob­a­bly be too young to spot that his ti­tle Crap­py Sound Forever! is a ref­er­ence to the ini­tial 1983 CD mar­ket­ing pitch “Perfect sound forever”. This pitch was wide­ly de­rid­ed by au­dio­philes, who just­ly crit­i­cized the bleed-from-the-ears ef­fect re­sult­ing from play­ing quite a few of the ear­ly CDs on quite a few of the ear­ly play­er­s. Byrne spec­u­lates about the kind of mu­sic that might start to be writ­ten un­der the in­flu­ence of the ubiq­ui­tous MP3 players’ pri­vate lis­ten­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, and says he doesn’t know of any ex­am­ples. My own private-listening-experience mu­sic in­cludes pret­ty well ev­ery kind of mu­sic imag­in­able, so the new medi­um doesn’t seem to rule any­thing out. Hav­ing said that, Lo­la Dutron­ic (@ MyS­pace) has been in heavy ro­ta­tion on my iPod and match­es Byrne’s cri­te­ria well. Mind you, it al­so sounds great on the home stereo and in the car.
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