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Compression versus Art

PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2016 1:34 pm
by Jarlath
Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 last Thursday 7.1.16

Compression versus Art

Trevor Cox asks whether compression can detract from our enjoyment of recorded music - does it matter that what we hear may not be the same as what the musicians heard in the studio? How important is high quality reproduction? He looks at attempts to make music recordings sound louder and louder (the so-called Loudness War) and asks whether anything is lost in the process. And he considers whether making audio file sizes smaller, so that they take up less space on portable devices, means that some of the musical detail is lost. He talks to record producer Steve Levine (who produced Culture Club among many others) mastering engineer Ian Shepherd, the musician Steven Wilson, members of the BBC Philharmonic, and Dr Bruno Fazenda, Senior Lecturer in Audio Technology.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06tvgp1

I listened to it on a crystal set and had no idea what they were going on about.

Re: Compression versus Art

PostPosted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:45 pm
by Egg_Crisis
Compression can definitely detract from your enjoyment.
This afternoon I was listening to BBC 5Live (on medium wave - which has limited bandwith anyway, even before you start messing with other things) and they played 'Bear Necessities" from Jungle Book and I could tell they were playing it from a low bitrate file or a streaming service like Spotify because it had that "thin" sound that low bitrate files have.

Re: Compression versus Art

PostPosted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 11:32 am
by Adam Blake
Thanks for the heads-up. Will have a listen.

Everything you hear in recorded media is compressed to some extent.