So I watched this video asking if MP3s and vinyl are better than live music. I would have to say yes and no. Each one has its own advantages. MP3s make your music easily accessible and you can listen to a song anywhere, any time. On my iPod I have a variety of genres and thousands of songs. I have never personally used a vinyl so I wouldn’t be able to tell you anything about it. But when it comes to live music, I don’t think there is a better experience than that. I have gone to hundreds of live concerts of different genres and all at different venues and I can honestly say that there is nothing like live music. The experience you get at a concert is unexplainable. You know the music and you hear the songs hundreds of times on the radio or your MP3 but there’s a rush you get when listening live.
The video says that at concerts today the mix engineers make the concert sound like the record, because that’s what we are expecting. I agree with what he says that today music is more of a media type than a performing art. When the Beatles would hold concerts they would actually record their albums during the concert so that the album would give you the authentic sound of one of their concerts. Artists today are known as recording artists, not musicians. So much work goes into recording an album, that most of the time it does’t even sound human. Auto-tune has such an impact in music today that many artist are dependent on it and use it to make their voices sound better. The point of a concert is to go hear your favorite artist live, but today it’s more like listening to a radio station playing their music only. Where has that authenticity gone?