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Friday, March 4, 2011

Music and sound-checking: ethic or not?

Every audio and music lover - myself included - has his "Best disc or disk"... find nothing wrong in it... a voice, that low bass note, that recording hall or impressive passage.

Only, I recently noticed I'm using a couple of recordings which I'd never listen to in full... BUT for balancing system after minor or major works and fiddling around, well... they seems made for this purpouses... by the musicians themselves!

No names, sorry... BUT I'm seriously thinking to assemble my VERY playlist for audio fine-tuning, a 1:1 CD-R containing all "those" so often sonically cool, BUT so often boring tracks... to be kept handy when visiting a (new) audio friend.

Nothing new under the sun, I'm well aware... from Opus 3 "Depth of Image" etcetera saga, to "La Nouvelle Revue du Son" attached disks... the concept is to concentrate several different "special" tracks on same disk.

I'm only asking myself... is it "ethically" correct using music - any music - also uglier, as a Pink noise generator?

Isn't it unrespectful for music, musicians, etc?

What would have been of Dusty Springfield and her "The Look of Love" without Harry Pearson's (of TAS' fame) high praising?

Listen to "this" BIG drums... to "that" guitar... and this without paying attention to the music as a whole, as the artist wished to be spreaded.

Isn't this quite common practice a sort-of "musical sexism" - "hey, look at "those" nice tits!"... "Wow, "that" bottom speaks!!!".

... maybe, like isn't nothing serious in the above mentioned, typical machist, male appreciation... as love and relationship between sexes stands these innocent, aesthetic "compliments", music digests audiophiles lingo and habits!

... or is music to be so various and endlessly changing for everyone, and strong enough to also stand these abuses and misues?

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