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#1 TheGreenOne

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Posted 27 February 2008 - 03:04 PM

When's the last time you really listened to an album?

The digital age makes us more casual in our listening habits: playing a new LP over and over may already be a thing of the past

It's obvious that the rapid, mass digitalisation of music is changing the mechanics of the music industry quicker than perhaps any of us are quite able to grasp. It's a great story-generator for the music media, but I'm more interested in the way these changes are playing out at ground level rather than in the EMI boardroom - the way they are fundamentally altering the way we listen as individuals. Specifically, how have they changed that most sacred of experiences: digesting a new album by one of your favourite bands.
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Back home, I'd clear some time and space, put the record on and sit with sleeve in hand, drinking in every last detail. I'd listen to it end-to-end a few times, letting it slowly seep in and under the skin. It's the closest I've ever come to religious contemplation.

Does anyone still do this when they get a new release: sit down and physically play it over and over again while giving it their sole, undivided attention? ...

I'd argue that the digital age makes music more accessible but somehow less tangible. I've always regarded the cover, the artwork, the inner sleeve, even the typeface of a new album as a doorway into new music, a means to get closer to it, further to understand what is being expressed this time around. When there is no physical element to link us to the music, surely some vital little part of the over-arching artistic statement is lost.

It also allows us to be a little more casual in our listening habits. I suspect most of us now listen to music through our computer or on the move. In other words, we are almost always doing something else while we listen. In such a way, all music becomes essentially background music. Do you agree? And how do you listen to a brand new release these days?


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Posted 27 February 2008 - 04:38 PM

Agreed.

I listen to sumpin'
new once, front to
back or in to out
or whatever the fuck
it does now, then it
goes into the vast
playlist @ WMAX.
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Posted 27 February 2008 - 04:39 PM

I really miss the
album covers and
sleeves.

I wish I'd bought
some of DEVO's or
or The Beast's xit
off their sleeves
when ya still could.
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Posted 27 February 2008 - 04:41 PM

Below the locking track
on one punk album I
have, "You Suck"
or "Music's Dead" or
something like that
(I fuckin' wish I was
home so I could run
to the Alien Attic and
check) is scratched in.

I'd bought it new, so
they must have
chiseled it in the master
or slave.
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Posted 27 February 2008 - 08:14 PM

When downloading was free,
I'd watch R&R magazine's
Triple A lists (still not sure what that means).

And I'd find gems.

Now that it's not free, I have no idea what's going on out there,
and I work in radio.

Apparently, if you're not an American Idol winner or runner up,
sucks for you.

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Posted 28 February 2008 - 01:20 AM

Ahhhh vinyl.

Remember, you'd have to flip the record to hear the other side.
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Posted 28 February 2008 - 07:52 AM

I never played an album over and over.

I'd treat it with Soundguard, play it once to clean the groves, and play it a second time to record to cassette tape, then put the album away.

I have over 50 tapes I used to listen to, and would record over them when I wanted something else to listen to.
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Posted 28 February 2008 - 10:04 AM

Sadly, the last time was Queen's The Game.

I was high.

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Posted 28 February 2008 - 12:37 PM

Musta been.
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Posted 28 February 2008 - 01:12 PM

Used to gather music clips from various genres, making it 2-3 hours of music as a whole and playing it over and over again until I slept.
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Posted 29 February 2008 - 05:37 AM

Musta been.

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Posted 29 February 2008 - 05:47 AM

I never played an album over and over.

I'd treat it with Soundguard, play it once to clean the groves, and play it a second time to record to cassette tape, then put the album away.

I have over 50 tapes I used to listen to, and would record over them when I wanted something else to listen to.



We used to do this too. We'd buy "grand master" or "direct to disk" vinyl and then record the them on metal particle reel to reel tapes. I still like the sound of the old analog recordings.
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Posted 29 February 2008 - 05:56 AM

I still listen to my vinyl.
Took me awhile to get used to the crappy sound on discs.
I put all my discs on an iPod, plugged it in to my nearly anal vintage audio gear and almost xit when I heard how xitty it sounds, out came the vinyl,
ain't progress great. The old vinyl will startle you sometimes with its presence, it'll make you jump!
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Posted 29 February 2008 - 11:02 AM

It's a shame SACD didn't really take hold as expected.

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 12:03 AM

Last week. It was the Twilight Singers record "Powder Burns". I love that I can hear modern music on vinyl.

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 01:13 AM

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Posted 06 August 2009 - 04:07 PM

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 06:04 AM

Saw Van Morrison performing Astral Weeks last night.

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I cannot play music on an infinite keyboard.


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Posted 07 August 2009 - 08:37 AM

did you listen to the album while you watched him perform?
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Posted 07 August 2009 - 09:21 AM

Yeah, it took weeks.

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Posted 07 August 2009 - 09:40 AM

were you sittin on TB sheets?
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