Thursday, December 28, 2006

Unheard Music

Music generally takes a lot longer to record than listen to. Folk and lo-fi music is recorded in one or two takes, while modern pop takes time to multitrack, mix, and master. That is., folk has a recording-to-listening ratio closer to 1 than pop music. What would it mean for music to have a ratio less than 1, where it takes less time to record than it does to hear? A composer could distribute recordings of their music that they themselves hadn't yet heard.

1 comment:

Jason LaPorte said...

Don't ask me why, but I was reading this today, five years later. I think you've answered this question, though perhaps this wasn't what you were trying to solve when you solved it.