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Mon, May. 22nd, 2006 09:15 am
In praise of quietness

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antisyzygy
antisyzygy
antisyzygy
Mon, May. 22nd, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)

I'm sympathetic to much of this, and intrigued that in your attention to the quality of audience attention you should start to sound like Robert Fripp in his reports of his Soundscape performances. But listening to music through laptop speakers is potentiallly a disaster: there's no bass worth mentioning. Discussion of music on this basis would be like an architectural criticism that prevented anyone from seeing the ground floor of the building.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, May. 22nd, 2006 02:25 pm (UTC)

Yes, I notice that some songs completely lose their (implied) chords when the bassline is inaudible on those tiny speakers. Songs with voice and abstractish accompaniment, anchored by bass notes. There's one on my new album called "Zanzibar". On small speakers it just floats off into space like a tiny balloon.


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rhodri
rhodri
Rhodri Marsden
Mon, May. 22nd, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)

Conversely, I bet it would sound amazing in one of those cars that drive up and down Railton Road, London SE24, that are basically 5-person capacity mobile clubs on wheels.


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, May. 22nd, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)

God, yes, you hear them blocks away. Or rather, feel them.


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beverlyhillscop
Andrew
Tue, May. 23rd, 2006 12:01 am (UTC)
Quite right

I use a pair of small monitor speakers for most of my music listening, which allows me to hear most of the full spectrum (minus the really, *really* low bass) at pretty reasonable levels in my bedroom. In the living room I have a "big stereo" connected to the turntables, of course.


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