I posted the following elsewhere 6 days ago; I soon deleted the post but kept a copy. It seems appropriate to post part of it again:
"It's time for me to take yet another voluntary break from HF. How long will it be this time? No idea. The first lasted about 6 months, the second around a month, and the last one lasted 3 weeks or so. Hey, this might last only 3 days! I doubt it, though.
Why? Like always, It feels right. Not much thinking or analysing is necessary when you know it's simply the right thing to do -- it's like a smell, before you can even begin to think about it, you know when something smells right or wrong, whether it's pleasant or unpleasant.
There are great people here --absolutely no doubt about it-- and I'm very happy to say I have 'met' a few of them. I know there will be those who follow or post on this thread, and some who will later find out, who will be quite pleased music_4321 will be taking a break, wishing it'll be a looooong one, if not permanent. I also know there will be some/few who wish I didn't take a break, specially a long or permanent one."
I have to say that it's almost a shock to see that a thread I once felt very comfortable in, which later became a real mess and remained so for a long time, in the last few days has had some interesting, and dare I even say meaningful, posts. So, after this post, my post above still stands as of now, and with the same intent, ie after this post, I've no idea when I'll be posting again.
Please, PLEASE, take my comments for what they are, comments & observations.
Why is it that Flamenco music & dance attract so many Japanese people? There are excellent Japanese Flamenco players and dancers. However, most of them, while being often more technically proficient than true Flamenco musicians & dancers, lack that/those element(s) that go(es) beyond mere 'perfect' execution.
Why is it that a fairly balanced person is often rejected by society? Can there be perfection in imperfection? This not merely a rhetorical question, it is a real question, though perhaps a somewhat clichéd one in certain circles.
A bassy phone is often recommended for bass-heavy music -- it shouldn't, it makes already bassy music even more bassy.
"X phone renders music as the artist intended" -- Often it's not the 'artist' who has golden ears but the recording engineer, and even there, some have better ears than others and different ways to approach recording and mastering music.
This phone renders music just as if I was listening to said music live -- the fact is that way over 50% of live music sucks sonically. One of several questions regarding live music: Just where exactly were you sitting in said venues/clubs? But, there's more, much more.
Often many so-called musicians tend to tune their instruments in a certain way, play in a certain way (read: tone) and if the 'music' is recorded, it'll be recorded and mastered in a certain way, very often not in a standard way.
The CK10, to these ears, was unnaturally bright, lacked proper bass response and, ultimately, did not render instruments realistically. Same, but even worse, was my experience with the SM3. I find both IEMs overrated
A lot of classical music, rock music, pop music, world music, jazz, etc. is recorded and mastered differently. Hardly ever does anyone point out they listen to this or that sort of music, or even within a particular genre, a subgenre, and such and such an artist.
There's such a thing as placebo.
There's such a thing as placebo -- yes, I thought it was very relevant to say so again.
There's such a thing as earwax.
There's such a thing as hearing loss.
There's such things as egos.
There's such things as music overload & noise overload.
There's such things as the effects of drugs, alcohol & diet in the way we perceive music and other things. BUT, there is more than those that affect the way we perceive things at any given moment.
There's such a thing as loving a very cheap phone and not being impressed by a very, very expensive phone -- no, I'm not talking about sound preferences.
The best sex manual does not make you a good lover. The best driving manual does not make you good driver. The best music book/manual does not make you a good musician. Playing an instrument does not make you a musician. Playing an instrument for 20 years does not make you a musician. Practising an instrument for 4-8 hours a day does not make you a musician.
Not all music is Music.
Creativity is often misunderstood. Egos often get in the way of Music. Emotion is misunderstood -- it is both underrated and overrated.
FR graphs are that, FR graphs -- they are (very) useful but limited -- they can even be very limited. And this is NOT about the all-too-comfy comment: "We all have our sound preferences" or "It's all just a matter of different opinions"
I love the last part. Starting from the sex manual.
I think we all should learn to appreciate music itself more-so as I continually repeat. If the medium isn't doing the job, that's fine. Everyone has their own preferences. Just like in sports or boxing and any real life application. E.g there are clear differences between the average street person and Joe Frazier, but when it comes down to the best heavy-weight slugger, some may prefer cassius (ali) over dempsey for his unorthodox deadly approach while others may argue a tyson in his prime was unstoppable bar none.
It doesn't take science and measurements to enjoy or make music. All you have to do is listen... Just listen and then act accordingly.
Some people place too much weight on graphs and the words of others. Try it for yourself first! Don't buy into preconceived notions instinctively.