People often listened to music in the background until the 1990s. Then it became as loved as second hand smoke. Why?
Music producers developed skills over a few years and have successfully removed all subtlety and natural detail from recorded music, to the point where people don't like the sound of it in the background any more!
In the early days of pop music, parents complained about the noisy racket that young bands made. Strangely enough, they didn't turn it off. Why?
Even tho electric guitars and keyboards are "fake" one could argue, they still produced natural sound. Loud bits, soft bits, pins dropping and dense bits in an interesting way. So the result was never nasty, even to grandparents.
So! You may be wondering why I claim that music tends to sound "nasty" now and who started it?
Yes. They started it a long time ago. They want their ads to be louder than the tv program you are watching, so you may notice it and buy something. You've all heard this? Yes!
TV programs are already as loud as it is possible to be, so the tech guys figured out how to get the average volume of adverts higher, with a slight loss of quality. Job done!
TV programs and movies did NOT want to reduce quality and didn't need to compete.
Record companies and band managers DO compete and clearly have no real interest in the sound, only the earnings they get from music.
The effect on a lot of music is that the loud bits are not any louder than before because that is impossible but the soft bits are MUCH louder. Producing a wall of loud, which can sound pretty good to the dedicated fan but bloody awful to anyone else.
It is easy to conclude that TV sound or music made before the 1990s is nicer in the backgound as "company", than anything newer.
Almost nobody is aware of what this "loudness" thing means or even that it exists. I started noticing many years ago, that I liked certain albums but something about them sounded wrong. I liked the albums, so ignored it. Some think that vinyl sounds nicer than CDs and I assumed that was the reason. Trouble is that I used cassettes also and they sounded nice too. I devised a fair test by recording vinyls and CDs of the same albums on to cassettes and guess what? The vinyl recordings sounded better. I also found that a cassette recorded from vinyl, sounded better than an actual real CD and that is completely crazy.
CDs are technically better than vinyl and way better than cassettes.
They have more dynamic range, so it's obvious!
The only reason that CDs often sound worse than old records or cassettes, is that "experts" in studios or with software and a PC, either of their own volition, or forced by a band/Record company/Boss, to adjust stuff and effectively ruin the music in order to make it sound louder than music by other bands. It is a vicious circle that nobody ever stopped.... That is, until now!
Read more about the loudness war insanity here:
It is likely that the loudness war is ending at last. Volume levelers on youtube, spotify and everywhere else are now making it pointless, also laws controlling ads on TV etc.
At the moment, if you are a band reading this, you are probably STILL are making your album LOUD and I mean producing a dynamic range even lower than 8 in mastering. STOP IT!
It sounds horrible.
It also has the effect of making sure that you won't get discovered because nobody likes second hand smoke. Your fans, it seems, will not notice but ear friendly sound to anyone else, it is not.
Producers will soon start the new trend in remastering albums, 1000s of them, to be dynamic. They earned a lot of money ruining music and now they can earn it all over again by remastering the albums they remastered before.
You gotta laugh eh?
PS again: I love smoke.
PS3: I love music insanely loud and always did!
PS4: Just one last thing.
The new Corvus Stone single will have a DR of at least 11. How do I know this?