Posts Tagged ‘Hunkasaurus’

What is Compression and Why is it Destroying Music?

August 28, 2014


When you listen to my recordings you may notice that it doesn’t sound as loud as the mainstream stuff. Why? Don’t my engineers know how to turn the volume knob?

They do and they don’t do it, because it turns the music into a loud mush. That’s what compression does in the mainstream music, where all the bigger stars use it. Indies like myself don’t because we know better.

Compression is when you digitally force all the parts of the music to the highest volume. So you get a dynamic music for sure – but it never can get louder and never softer.

Musicians like me who like to start slow and quiet , build to a peak, and either end high or bring it back down, are considered outside the mainstream.

When one of my songs was included in a compilation Landmark Theaters’ promotional CD with a lot of other musicians, I was ecstatic ! But when I heard it, my song sounded so quiet, so out of place. I thought it was my fault – now I know it was compression on all the others that made the striking difference. It was their fault, not mine.

The mainstream music you hear on major releases is compressed to give a full sound on every note – but it’s also a generic sound that soon sounds like a loud wall of noise with no where to go – can’t get louder, and can’t get softer.

The links below, explain it better than I can, (or just google ‘compression in modern recording’ and see a lot of articles on this.)

Thanks Corporate Music (the Big 3: Warners/Universal/Sony) for making music even more generic , robotic, and phony.


(Hear how the Nirvana classic would sound with compression.)

(see the graph for changes from 1985 – 2007)

(The Loudness War – wikipedia)

Sara Niemietz is Looking For A Song (and I’ve got 2 that are Perfect)

August 23, 2014

There is a fine singer named Sara Niemietz whose career I’ve been following on Facebook and Youtube.

Recently she posted: Thanks for the song recommendations! I’m reading them all and picking some songs to sing! If you haven’t already, please suggest a song below for my collection of songs celebrating 100,000 subscribers!  (her youtube channel)

Here are two originals that I think would fit her just fine:

1`. Darlin’

2. Don’t Give Up On Love


The Catch 22 of Rock and Roll – or why it can’t get better

August 20, 2014

Rock has got itself into a Catch 22 that guarantees the music will get worse.

Here’s how it works. Because no one dare attack the rock band format, we are stuck with it, and within that generic structure just about all music is done in the electric guitars, bass and drums format, and just about all the music has been done, and been done better about 60 years ago.

There will not be another golden age of bands to match what we had in the 60’s, and there will not be a golden age of pioneers in rock and roll like we had in the 50’s. The formula is too restrictive now, the times have changed, the music has cloned itself out of business – so the innovation and rebellion and vitality that began it all, is no longer allowed.

The only way to break the cycle is to oppose what rock and roll has become, just like the great early rock and roll opposed big band music that had lost it’s vitality.

Postmod Music- its 3 things, a revolution against what rock/rap/country/pop have become, its back to early rock and roll’s simple honesty, directness, and passion with an emphasis on melody and great SONGS, and it’s a music that includes all types of music from every place in the world.
(and It’s part of the overall art and media revolution).

Music media, if you won’t talk about the backlash against all this, we need a new media that is open enough to cover all the music news.

Young Tom (art)

August 14, 2014

Photo 2

miniMoonlight (Beethoven inspired)

July 23, 2014

My keyboard bagatelle inspired by Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata.


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