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a recording will always be a facsimile and an interpretation

of anything....

There is no way that a recording can adequately duplicate all of the minutiae of sound, noise, and downright movement of air of a revolving leslie speaker in a Hammond B3.

Even if you go to the rarest of events where there are zero microphones, and/or amplifiers and EQ devices, - one is still going to have room treatments, good or bad rooms, and/or annoying people with colds and coughs or squeaky chairs, - whatever.....

A recording is a recording, it is its own artistic event.

I can tell you that recording my guitar, and vocals for that matter, in the studio changed at least 5 times different from what I heard while standing in front of my amp.

Begonia Olivade's group in their lovely MA recordings of Al Andalus play reproduction instruments in churches and cathedrals. But those instruments have to be MIC'ed, and also recorded to something... Who knows how "real" those instruments are? They also say that use Cardas wire, - who knows what that does? And who knows whether Al Andalus actually sounded like players did in the 1300s. Personally, I would bet that these recordings of that music, sounds a whole lot better today, recorded: the recording(s) are unquestionably different.

Finally, who's to say other than the person who's played it, if that Hammond B3, or Farfisa organ, or highly distorted electric guitar or Stradivarius is accurate or not? HP may be listening to solo violin a whole lot, and may know what they sound like live. And, he may be lucky enough to have a really good pile of experience and can assert that a particular recording of a solo violin sounds dead on. But the musician/producer could come right back at him and say that they purposely made it sound brighter and more alive with an aural exciter effects box: throwing HP's pontificating right out the window.


"Asylums with doors open wide,
Where people had paid to see inside,
For entertainment they watch his body twist
Behind his eyes he says, 'I still exist.'"


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