Nick Southall speaks to American mastering engineer Bob Katz and Hookworms about how, with the launch of iTunes Radio, the tide is finally turning against full dynamic range compression
An article from about 3 months ago, highlighting the potential end for the loudness war, although, some seem to still overlook how devastating it is to push a limited to it’s very limits (pundit), and to watch that waveform turn into a large blackened square of sound.
Judging by waveforms maybe a step too far, but I am happy with my assumptions on this matter.
LA Based, multi-genre spanning Seven Davis Jr wins song of the day today, this EP - One, is mainly house flavoured, hinting at the more earlier sounding influences of NY style house and I would say hinting at the detroit house scene too.
Another tip would be his Lost Tapes Vol. 1 Mini LP, which is tipped towards the sound of swung hip-hop, again, I would say taking J Dilla and the sounds of Slum Village as a influential basis. Lost Tapes sounds like a reel to reel session, with it’s glitchy elements and garage-sounding vibes. Someone on youtube quotes that 'Sorry'sounds like it is recorded in someones garage, which todays music would be a bad point, but I think the rawness of this sound is what is keeping the underground sounds alive at the moment, looking at past time recording techniques but with a modern twist.
In the 5 in 5 report IBM’s top scientists report on what the world, supported by smart sensing and computing, will look like in five years. Last week, Fast Company previewed the report with the physicist who heads up the research team: Dr. Bernard Meyerson, IBM Fellow, and Vice President of Innovation.
This is very interesting. I plan to get into the side of building infrastructure in relation to acoustics in the future, what with schooling policies being reviewed here in the UK. “Smart listening” as I would label it, due to it’s current poor current requirements are a must in the teaching world. But, it’s not just in the teaching world where this is currently a problem, an article I read earlier today highlighted another issue which is closer to home for me, the “Clubbing” industry. Some may say that this is not an important aspect of life and requires no such review, but it fills every evening in almost every town and city, especially major cities where club nights are almost daily. What I mean from this is the poor acoustics of clubs and poor planning of sound system placement.
The BBC reported on the effects of modern living HERE.
Steve Reich & Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble - Section II, IIIA, IIIB
(From the Music for 18 Musicians CD)
The uplifting, moving and pulsating sounds of this CD are just the reason as to why this has made a Song of the Day today, I am not feeling all the well and I am off to the doctors tomorrow for a check up, so this is bringing me round to humanity.