tylermunns

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Billie or Ella? Maria or Renata? Technique or feeling?
Technical proficiency is only another tool that may or may not assist the artist in achieving the ultimate goal: cause one to feel something. To reduce an artist to a polarized representation of some manufactured binary makes no sense.  If Ella d... 
Why Music Has Lost it’s Charms (Article)
@jim5559 ”Unless they listen to Jazz or Classical (capitol letters, huh? Interesting…) people under 70 listen to junk and have no idea what good music is.” Where to begin with a statement like this. Ay yi yi…  
Best Sound Track Ever Vote for One
“Les Stances a Sophie” by the Art Ensemble of Chicago. “Theme De YoYo” from this, featuring Fontella Bass on vocals - amazing.  
Why Music Has Lost it’s Charms (Article)
@cd318 There’s an intention to make art and do so in a viable fashion.  Then there’s an intention to simply produce a viable commodity.  These are two different things.  Justin Bieber is not losing sleep fretting over whether his art is too vacuou... 
Your experience in "in their day" brands/components that you remember foundly?
I love to look at, handle, and listen to a fully recapped/restored Marantz 2285b (with mint condition walnut case) when I listen to music.  Playing great OG vinyl pressings with fancy-shmancy front end gear is simply wonderful.  
Best Sound Track Ever Vote for One
It’s hard to compete with Bernard Herrmann and Ennio Morricone, composer-wise. I’ll toss some love Danny Elfman and John Barry’s way, also.   
Why Music Has Lost it’s Charms (Article)
I personally find those that unapologetically produce lowest-common-denominator schlock with no pretense less offensive than those who do the same but endeavor to (and unfortunately succeed at) convincing the public they are “serious artists.” I ... 
Why Music Has Lost it’s Charms (Article)
@sns I agree we don’t value artists.  As a musician, I am quite aware as to how devalued artists’ contributions to society are.  It couldn’t be more apparent. I’m not sure a business model that requires artists to receive 100,000 “plays” before t... 
Why Music Has Lost it’s Charms (Article)
@sns Yeah, I agree.  The access we have today to music from any era is amazing.  It’s awesome.  I wish I had it in my 20s. I agree with those that find the popular mode of modern music consumption unceremonious and utilitarian, just an endless, h... 
Why Music Has Lost it’s Charms (Article)
I feel the current model potentially can yield a further “democratization” of music commerce.  I’m not sad to see the old model (get signed by a major label, hopefully become famous) die.  The improvement to the current model would be to more fair... 
Best Sound Track Ever Vote for One
Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, Paul Thomas Anderson and Wes Anderson compile the best pop-compilation soundtracks. For “The Imperial March” alone, I’m going to have to say “The Empire Strikes Back” by John Williams fo... 
Why do hipsters prefer analog?
@noromance That seems like a good deed you did. You probably contributed to that person’s improved quality of life. My friend had enjoyed listening to vinyl on my system.  He started asking about what he should get, gear-wise.  I wanted him to n... 
Don't do me any favors
Yeah, we seem to now fully embrace the idea that individuals are not responsible for their own actions.   “I don’t have any agency or choices.  Some external stimuli ‘made’ me feel and behave this way, so instead of taking responsibility for mysel... 
Why do hipsters prefer analog?
@noromance That’s funny.  That’s like putting fresh oysters in the microwave. The charge of, “y’all just a bunch of curmudgeons yelling, ‘get off my lawn!” I reject. People say, “easy now, these people keep the format alive.”  Do they?  For whom... 
Isn't it really about quality of recording?
I’ve found that extremely well-engineered recordings absolutely shone in ways they hadn’t before with lower-fidelity systems. As silly and trivial as this hi-fi stuff may seem to some, there’s something to it indeed.  The willingness to jump thro...