Originally Posted by PhaedrusX
"...Audio actually used to have a goal: perfect reproduction of the sound of real music performed in a real space.
This makes sense to me. Whether the music was originally played all at once in a "live" venue, or was mixed at the recording studio, it was still played live at some point. I want the audio gear to get out of the way and make me believe the guitarist, for example, is in the room with me. A lofty goal, but we all need goals.
|That was found difficult to achieve, and it was abandoned when most music lovers, who almost never heard anything except amplified music anyway, forgot what "the real thing" had sounded like.[...]”
-J. Gordon Holt
Apparently this is a dig at amplified music, which I don't understand. Almost all music instruments are amplified, even if not electronically. The violin is built to amplify the vibration of the strings, for example. Same with drums, wind instruments, and so on. And electrically amplified music is often the only way those instruments can make sound. A synthesizer?
I don't get what Mr. Holt considers to be "the real thing", I guess.
Regardless, the article is an interesting read. Thanks for the link!