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Digitally De-mastered Music

To make it sound like the music from the band's heyday.
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Deep Purple is a band whose albums have gone downhill in a roughly linear relationship to the length of the band's existence, in my opinion anyway. That being said, there are a couple of better albums that they have put out lately. (Purpendicular and Bananas, to be specific).

It has been my observation that bands tend to suck more as time goes by, usually because the style changes from rebellious and/or creative and artsy to mainstream and cookie-cutter (I'll cite Chicago and Elton John here). Regardless, there are sometimes a few new albums that stand out above the rest.

Here's the idea. Since the bands' better albums were done early in their careers when audio quality was noticably poorer, I think that these newer albums would actually sound better if the audio quality was reduced. I speculate that fans of the band would subconciously associate lowered audio quality with a better album, and as a result they would enjoy the new album more.

Cuit_au_Four, Apr 30 2008


       Deep Purple's new single: Smoke on the Water II
Back to the old, *classic* rock sound.
[Digitally remastered edition to remove classic sound]
Jinbish, Apr 30 2008

       And, of course, the "digitally-remastered version to remove the traces of digital remastering left by the first digital remasterization."   

       Which would be hard to fit on a jewel-box sticker, but there you go.
shapu, Apr 30 2008

       You can get audio filters to do this.
DrCurry, Apr 30 2008

       I don't buy an album I hate (but I'm strange like that).   

       As the good [Dr] mentioned, some sound cards have built-in effects, there's software to do this (for playback or conversion). Or you can run the sound through an old tube amplifier, for that warm 60Hz hum, and the crackling smell of ozone mixed with the familiar odors of the atmosphere in the room when the amp's original owners were hip to the groove. Peace.
Amos Kito, Apr 30 2008

       I find that music improves with time, perhaps because my ears become less sensitive to the higher and lower frequencies. This change has increased my enjoyment of elevator music.   

       I know, younger folks don't like elevator music and I didn't like elevator music either when I was young. But with time, Hendrix, Beatles, Stones, etc replaced the Modovani- Sinatra elevator music of my youth making my trips up and down buildings elevator shafts more and more enjoyable. That is because the people who select the music to play in elevators are now my age, having grown-up in the 60’s.   

       I’m positive that within a few years as my age-group retires, rap and gang-banger music will become future elevator music, making their elevator trips enjoyable as they get to select the music to play in elevators.   

       It is consistant with my theory that I-pods have become very popular with our youth because personal listening devices drown-out elevator music.   

       el dueno
el dueno, Apr 30 2008

       I think that the addition of white noise to signal improves these songs through stochastic resonance, and augmentation of what one might consider "pleasure signals" - the components of the audio signal found most pleasurable.
bungston, Apr 30 2008

       [+] One of the drawbacks of digital recording is that there isn't any tape distortion to cover up your short comings. If you sound bad, digital will make you sound much worse because your bad singing will be better defined.
Jscotty, May 01 2008

       Nice name change. (+)
Jinbish, May 01 2008

       Actually, audio quality hasn't changed in the past maybe 40 to 50 years - just recording technology. Not higher fidelity, just easier and more efficient.   

       If you want to vintage up a sterile sounding modern recording, just run it through a fairly mild compressor - especially if it's tube based.
Joolin, Oct 29 2009


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