I’ve been thinking about sound quality this morning, following a charge of “audio elitism.” I would have gladly accepted the term “music snob,” but I’m anything but one of those prissy, uninformed, monster-cable-using, pink-noise-burning morons.
I’d rather folks just had the best-sounding show they could have– surely there’s got to be a way to improve on the DJ who was playing Ke$ha off YouTube this morning, right?
Well, when you’re laying in the gutter, lapping eagerly at your own vomit, you only need to stand up and brush the big chunks off your naked chest to experience some swelling of pride. I decided to do a little research about the specific YouTube video in question.
Turns out, Ke$ha is not only rather lax with her standards of sobriety, but audio quality as well. After downloading and examining the highest-quality audio file associated with her low-rez 480p video, I wasn’t surprised to discover that it resulted in a 64kbps mp3– after all, RCA wants you to buy the album. If they know it’s low-quality, why don’t DJs?
The tech site Gizmodo did some listening tests of their own, and offer the sample files online for folks who’d also like to compare. Here are three samples of Pure Prairie League’s song “Woman;” two are mp3s, one is a WAV file. Hear the difference for yourself!
And oh yeah, here’s your playlist:
The Oval Language — 00:02:03 (from “Tapes Singles And Remixes,” on Monochrome Vision)
The Oval Language — 00:04:41
The Oval Language — 00:00:24
The Oval Language — 00:05:41
The Oval Language — 00:09:38
Mari Kimura — Six Caprices for Subharmonics (from “The World Below G And Beyond,” on Mutable Music)
@c — Composition #77 — 77 (0) (from “0°-100°,” on Monochrome Vision)
@c — Composition #77 — 77 (1)
@c — Composition #77 — 77 (2)
@c — Composition #77 — 77 (3)
T.D. Skatchit & Company — Regrets (from “Skatch Migration,” on Edgetone)
T.D. Skatchit & Company — Flammable Skatch
T.D. Skatchit & Company — Shring Shrong Skatch
T.D. Skatchit & Company — Elephant Skatch
T.D. Skatchit & Company — What Did I?
T.D. Skatchit & Company — 2nd To The Last Word
T.D. Skatchit & Company — The Morning After Skatch
Matt Weston — You’ve Got Know How To Wear a Hat (from “Last of the Six-Cylinders,” on 7272 Music)
Matt Weston — I Don’t Want Success, I Want Adventure
Amy Horvey — People Deserving Something (from “Catchment” self-release)
Amy Horvey — Cranberry Flats Mobile
Erdem Kelvacioglu — Wandering Around the City (this, and next two, from “Concorso Internazionale Di Musica Elettroacustica E Rumore 2010,” on Monochrome Vision)
Stefan Fraunberger — Peshawar 03.09.2009
Andrea Santini — Venetian Sketches