Home Music Lane

It's all about the music, dude! Sit down, relax and listen to some tunes.

But there's more to it than just hall ambience

How often does anyone hear orchestra music played full out live in an empty venue? That is just as unnatural as a studio recording, even if it does have more of the acoustic of the hall.

In concert, there is always a certain amount of low level noise due to people moving in their seats, breathing, etc. That's even in the quietest moments when no one coughs or unwraps candies. We can say that that very low level noise doesn't amount to much, but in a hall that seats 1,000-2,000, that sound is definitely a part of what one hears. There is no such thing as black in the audience during a live performance.

So, even recordings of live performances usually do not capture the audio that we hear sitting 12 rows center in orchestra, much less in loge.

Perhaps this is why I still prefer vinyl/analog for much of my home listening. Even a pristine LP will not plumb the depths of digital audio. As a result, to me, it has a more "natural" audio than most digital media.

There are no universals. Some digital recordings are really very good, and many analog recordings are not.


"Life without music is a mistake" (Nietzsche)


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