iPod and MP3s are killing music

By | August 14, 2007 at 5:47 PM

MUSIC PRODUCERS are upset that the fad for MP3s and Ipods is killing off well-made music.

They say that most of the files which are being distributed represent less than 10 percent of the original music.

Most of the data is junked during computer analysis and squeezed down until it fits through the Interweb tubes. According to Seattle Pi, a CD contains less than half the information stored to studio hard drives during recording.

And when compressed by MP3 and similar formats only a minuscule fraction of the actual live event survives.

Record producer Phil Ramone, who has recorded everyone from Frank Sinatra to the Rolling Stones, said it is impossible to really appreciate music in MP3 format. He said that his music played on an Ipod was painful.

Speaker designer John Meyer, of Meyer Sound Labs, agrees, telling the paper that it is impossible to appreciate the music on an iPod because it forces the brain to work harder to fill in the gaps in the sound.

Top acoustic boffin, Robert Sweetow, head of the University of California audiology department said that the low-fi music stimulates the brain in different ways. Different neurons are stimulated and fewer cortical neurons connected back to the limbic system, where the emotions are stored, apparently µ

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