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The "Lo-Fi" Appreciation Thread.

post #1 of 10
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I just wanted to create this thread to see if anyone would come and post about their interest in lo-fi music. biggrin.gif

 

Many people on this forum strive for the highest quality music possible. Building up very impressive FLAC files, as well as owning mind blowing equipment, like headphone amps, DACs, and of course, high end headphones, that all together could cost just as much and even sometimes more than the average mortgage payment, I can only dream of owning some of the gear you guys have!  Many people on Head-Fi can pick up on the the very  subtle differences of a 320 kbs file, vs a FLAC file. Or a 41khz music file vs a 92khz music file; picking up on the subtle distortions and flaws. And more often than not, the Head-Fier will end up preferring the sample with higher fidelity.

 

I'm simply wondering are there any other Head-Fiers that actually like to listen to lo-fi music? Is there anyone who actually likes to listen to the gritty, choppy kicks, distorted synths and strings with static and background noise all mixed in with a muddy bass line?!?! You're probably thinking that such a low fidelity of music production would sound horrible right? Well, to be honest, some people do a pretty good job at creating a nice Lo-Fi sound on their production. Like Tropes, MNDSGN, JWUSH, many many others.

 

Here's a YouTube video of what i'm talking about. It's borderline hypnotic lol

 

 

Here is another track from Tropes http://dirtytapes.bandcamp.com/track/dionysus

 

 

And here's another one from JWUSH http://defees.bandcamp.com/track/tintiode

 


Edited by Sony Slave - 7/24/13 at 8:59pm
post #2 of 10

There's something charming about lo-fi. I used to listen to guys like Holy Sons, which is a lo-fi folk gig... not as electronic as the artists you posted. I'm going to check out more from the producers you posted. I dug that video.

post #3 of 10

I agree that in certain instances there can be something charming about this type of music. Mostly I find productions really mediocre and gimmicky sounding. JWUSH track is a prime example of that biggrin.gif It takes a bit more than what he's showing there to float my boat. Here's something as lo-fi as I'd like to go. Maybe not exactly what you're after. Second clip is really an incredible track. That slight distortion and noise is gold!

 

 


Edited by moriez - 7/25/13 at 12:49am
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Originally Posted by Origin89 View Post

There's something charming about lo-fi. I used to listen to guys like Holy Sons, which is a lo-fi folk gig... not as electronic as the artists you posted. I'm going to check out more from the producers you posted. I dug that video.

Holy Sons sounds nice too lol.

I added another video in there as well.

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by moriez View Post

I agree that in certain instances there can be something charming about this type of music. Mostly I find productions really mediocre and gimmicky sounding. JWUSH track is a prime example of that biggrin.gif It takes a bit more than what he's showing there to float my boat. Here's something as lo-fi as I'd like to go. Maybe not exactly what you're after. Second clip is really an incredible track. That slight distortion and noise is gold!

 

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And I agree with you that the JWUSH track isn't the best . I chatted with JWUSH on soundcloud, and he told me that he makes these slow tempo lo-fi tracks to express the feelings of failure or depression through his music. He explained that this track represented the feelings of loss and longing. http://defees.bandcamp.com/track/q-q

And the crazy thing is that, he made this track when he was extremely depressed and was on the very brink of giving up making music all together.  http://defees.bandcamp.com/track/404po-ds2

 

Moa Pillar and Shlohmo sound really nice too. As a matter of fact, that very Shlohmo track opened the doors for me to explore electronic music, and the slight distortions in his track left me intrigued with low fidelity production, I wanted to look for tracks that had a much more lo-fi sound from that point on.

 

It just seems that it's really hard for me to actually let people listen to this type of music. Every single person on facebook that I showed this stuff to, told me that it sucked or that they don't listen to that type of stuff frown.gif. That's why I kinda created this thread to see if anyone else out there liked this type of music.


Edited by Sony Slave - 7/25/13 at 9:00am
post #6 of 10

You had to of heard of Burial, eh? Definitely lo-fi. His Untrue album broke my heart, hah.

 

post #7 of 10

Just listened to Sony's. Both are great and I'm really diggin MNDSGN. Planning on getting his "Feels" album now. Gonna give the rest of the videos a listen tonight.

post #8 of 10
Thread Starter 

Bump.

@genzeleam good to hear!


Edited by Sony Slave - 7/29/13 at 9:57am
post #9 of 10

Of the artists mentioned, I'm only familiar with MNDSGN. I've been hittin' up 'bed' a lot lately, the sense of depth and space can be really rather astounding given the (assumed) production constraints.

post #10 of 10
Lo-fi is sort of the point of the original black metal scene (i.e. Gorgoroth recording through a pair of headphones into an 8-track recorder), so I appreciate the aesthetics behind a lot of it. Same goes for "In an Aeroplane Over the Sea" by Neutral Milk Hotel. It wouldn't be the same album if it was recorded in binaural 96/24.
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