[LINK] all the music in the world
stil at stilgherrian.com
Tue Jun 2 09:10:10 EST 2009
On 02/06/2009, at 8:54 AM, Ivan Trundle wrote:
> Stil, you might be too old to be able to discern the difference
> between a bitrate of 96 kbps and 320 kbps, but I most certainly can,
> and the pleasure that I gain from listening to the higher bitrate is
> the difference between enjoying a fine wine vs a drop from chateau
> Mock me for being an 'audiophile' if you wish, but that's your
As it happens, I've been lucky and my hearing stays good (so far).
However, and this is WAY off topic, I've found that I now listen to
very little music, finding it to be a rather passive and isolating
experience. I much prefer to hear the actual sounds of the world
happening around me.
Having a soundtrack to my life, and one which becomes even more
isolationist when delivered through headphones or earbuds -- anyone
want a barely-used iPod? -- seems to me like smothering the richly
glorious scents of the world, "good" and "bad", with a cheap room
deodoriser. Or even an expensive one.
Chanel Number 5 is really just high-bitrate Glen 20.
And this is from me, someone who used to produce and broadcast music
for a living.
There's probably some deep psychology at work there...
Oh, and you get to mock me back, too.
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