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Re: [ARSCLIST] Dynamic-frequency Range

Trying to make recordings sound like "real life" is a trap that has resulted in thousands of deadly boring records. TV doesn't look like what my eyes see, but that's not the point of it. It's lots of little dots on a piece of glass that approximate an image, but as long as it is funny or interesting, I still enjoy it. Realism isn't the point of making records either, despite Edison and his silly "tone tests" or Philips and their "blind" (maybe deaf is the better word) comparisons between CDs and a live string quartet.

I think the best people figured out very early that making records is like making any sort of art and it could be anything they wanted it to be and "photorealism" was not a criteria for quality.

David Seubert

Tom Fine wrote:
If you consider that, for instance, an Edison Gem player has a horn with a bell about the size of a flugelhorn, one can see how the medium did not allow anywhere near fidelity to a piano. I've heard cylinders played on the more deluxe types with huge horns and they still sound awful to my ears. A musician who actually cared about how his instrument sounded, especially someone like a solo piano player who cares about dynamics and subtle shading of notes, would want to avoid the medium altogether. I guess cylinders were something different in their day, obviously greatly admired for the leap of being able to time-shift a performance and have repeated hearings of something, but sheesh, I can't see how anyone who has grown up in the high fidelity era can stand to listen to them. 10 grades worse than 78's, and I think you all know how I feel about most 78's so I won't belabor that one. I'm talking specifically about using the medium for music, not for spoken word or sung "skits" (usually racist and none too funny by today's standards) that cylinders were also used for. In those cases, no better or worse than most modern AM radio (ie not too good but the words are usually intelligable). I know, I know, they're historic artifacts, which is why I'm glad they're preserved and people still care about them. Just not ever my choice for quality listening time.

-- Tom Fine

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