For those who still like the sound of vinyl records, digitalization has changed the nature of recording.
I recently had the chance to talk with Jonathan Berger, who is a composer and a music professor at Stanford University.
For a period of years, Professor Berger played music in various audio formats for his incoming students. To his surprise, he found that for some specific types of rock music, students preferred the sound of mp3s over ‘better’, less compressed, audio formats.
In this full interview, we talk about his thinking on why this is happening, how this might be affecting the way pop music is produced, and whether the expectations we bring to the music we hear influences the way we hear it, whether it’s ‘better’ quality or not.
You can hear the full, uncut interview below, ordownload the MP3.
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