Today we talked about noise vs sound. This is not something I have thought of before and I honestly couldn’t think of a difference other than how the words are pronounced. When it was explained that noise is just sound out of place, I realized how many other pleasurable things are considered bothersome or trash if it is not in the correct context. We also talked about what technology is doing to us. I believe that technology is good and evil. When we talked about dynamic range compression, I realized that we are missing out on dynamic range in the music we listen to today. I took it upon myself to listen to some songs with dynamic range and found them easier to feel the emotions the artist is trying to convey in their art. It also makes sense when I took into account that we as humans find louder to be better. I think that the changes in volume from songs with dynamic range keep up captivated for longer as the song will sometimes become louder, which will recapture our attention. I also suppose this is why some people are so attracted to amateur musicians as amateur musicians cannot control their volume, thus giving them dynamic range whether why wanted it or not.
I was rather confused as to why we were discussion dynamic range at first. When we first started talking about the lack of dynamic range in modern music, I didn’t see how it affected the quality of music. I thought dynamic range was purely because of how music was recorded, since a few decades ago, we were not able to edit sounds the way we can now and instruments and singers were recorded together. But I suppose upon thinking further, we still could record music with dynamic range now, but recording artists simply choose not too. I’m unsure as to why this is but I guess that’s why I’m in this class. Also I’m a little concerned about the final project because I’ve never used Garage Band or any similar type of program before. I’m not the most musically inclined person so I hope that goes well.
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