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… hearing the radio (satellite or FM) in my car (or someone else’s) evokes a different emotional state than say having a seat on my couch with glass of 14 year old single malt scotch and and a good record…

The Sound of Music – part one: Ear

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February 2nd, 2015

I love music. all kinds of music. some of my favorite genres and /or styles of music are: pretty much everything. it depends on my mood when i’m listening or whether or not i have a craving for a particular thing. i get different feelings from hearing music in different ways. for example, hearing the radio (satellite or FM) in my car (or someone else’s) evokes a different emotional state than say having a seat on my couch with glass of 14 year old single malt scotch and and a good record.

live music, in a club or theater yields a whole other experience. my favorite is at home, then it would be live, followed by in the car. listening in the car is kind of like watching movies on dvd; it can be satisfying, but only to a point. it’s too easy to check out and change the station or just turn it off.

there’s another option for listening that’s very important and that’s the source media. i’m an lp guy. give me vinyl. the sound of a record can’t be beat. i think it has something to do with the needle riding inside the groove; that physical contact that produces the sound. next would be reel-to-reel tape (wish i had one), then cd and other formats beyond that. i know, i know… the digital clarity of the compact disc and it’s black background, perfect sound reproduction, yadda yadda yadda… only, it’s not perfect in my ears. to me it’s clinical and a little cold. i don’t even know what that means, except to say i can listen for a while and then i get tired. i’m speaking of standard compact discs and their somewhat harsh sound; not sacd or any of the higher definition formats, which i don’t have and can’t afford. listening to music live and in person can be an almost metaphysical experience but it almost never is because the sound of live music is so hard to get just right. it depends on the room, the engineers working the board(s), the house monitors and speaker system, the audience in attendance and the performance of the artist(s) at that particular time. when it’s great, it can change your life. when it’s not, you feel kind of ripped off. i don’t think live music can be defind as source media, but you get the idea.

i’m sure, at this point, some may be thinking that i must be a gear guy. i listen more to the sound of the gear than the music itself. not true. i love music. all kinds, all styles (almost), all kinds of different ways, but if i had my druthers… it would always sound good.

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Cleveland Buckner is a writer and editor based in Los Angles. He served as editor on numerous short films, including "Los Tamales and the Tartort-Eifel Crime Festival prize-winning "American Night." He has recently completed work on the web series, "Manny in Real Life." His work extends to music videos, documentaries, corporate and educational videos and the promotional video "Bear Witness" for the 2000 Olympics U.S. Beach Volleyball tandem Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson-Jordan.

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