Music, Music and more Music !

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.

ImageThe 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? 



2 thoughts on “Music, Music and more Music !

  1. I would have to wholeheartedly agree with your thoughts. Both MP3s and live music have their pros and cons. MP3s are easily accessible, as you stated earlier, and also personal, when you can plug in headphones and drown out the rest of the world. On the other hand, live music is more emotional, cathartic, and poignant when a person is immersed with the crowd and artists.

    These times are fraught with multitudes of endless possibilities for the musicians/performers. With technology, even the most untalented singers can blend themselves amongst more gifted peers. As for authenticity, it may be rare to listen to an artist without any effects or auto-tune, but is is possible. An example is Florence Welch of Florence+The Machine, who is known for having a powerful, haunting voice and singing most of her songs without autotune.

  2. I find myself torn between two worlds when I try to decided if MP3 or Live music is better, I have to say that there is something personal about music that can really just immerse the listener but at the same time attending a concert like Lollapalooza would provide an experience that cannot be replicated with an MP3 or video. Concerts are a unifying force that take all walks of life and just mash them all into one large group of people who really appreciate the music and for the most part they do not care if it sounds the same. They are so in the moment that the audio could completely cut out and they would still be there in that moment creating a unique memory.

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