02011-02-13 | Uncategorized | 6 comments

I did not know that about the Grammys. Can’t say I am surprised, though:

The Grammys: the secret committee that alters the membership’s nominations. – By Bill Wyman – Slate Magazine
Why I Hate the Grammys
The secret committee that alters the membership’s nominations, for starters. But there are plenty of other reasons.

From a paper on mastering, from the Danish firm TC Electronics – thanks SM!

0dBFS+ Levels in Digital Mastering – PDF from TC Electronics
Several golden ears in the pro audio industry tend to believe that the best sound in pop / rock music generally was produced between 1982 and 1995.

Despite higher resolution in converters and DSP, lower jitter and probably a better overall understanding of digital media, we seem to be on a declining rather than inclining sound quality slope these years; even though people buying records and film may not be aware of it.

Obviously there could be many reasons for this we cannot directly influence: Trends, basic recording and microphone placement skills, more semi-pro equipment being used, shorter production times and therefore less attention to detail etc.

But if the public do not care, why should we?

Jon and I believe the Golden Years were the Seventies. The recording equipment improved in the Eighties and early Nineties, but the Eighties, while giving rise to a lot of original music, had an overwhelming amount of bad synth sounds and drummachines… I think the Seventies were incredibly creative.


  1. Adam Solomon

    I’ve never paid much attention to the Grammys, but have always found the “Best Flamenco Album” at the Latin Grammys very interesting; it’s not often you find flamenco getting that sort of mainstream recognition. Sometimes their bent is a bit pop but their nominations are often excellent, and some very good “traditional” albums have won that you wouldn’t expect to win a mainstream award – Juan Habichuela a couple of years ago, for example, or Camarón and Tomatito’s live Paris album in 2000 – although I do think Gerardo Núñez was robbed in 2005 and looking at the history it seems as if Morente was robbed every other year this past decade!

  2. Gerry

    I was a teenager in the seventies, just getting into music and it was a special time. I listened to anything I could get my hands on Stanley Clarke, Deep Purple, Tangerine Dream. Those seventies synths are still the best. Give me a Moog Modular – even if it does look like a switchboard!

  3. Brenda

    Loved watching and listening to this video. Thank you for sharing this masterpiece with us!

  4. Adam Solomon

    Ottmar, just FYI, this video’s on auto-play. Not sure if it’s intentional or not but you may want to fix it if it’s unintentional, it can be distracting if one visits the blog while listening to something else.

  5. Ottmar

    Adam, thanks, but I am aware of that. Will turn off auto-play when I get to it. Easiest solution for now, don’t visit the Journal.


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