how do you listen to music?

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  1. Andrew Santos

    Andrew Santos Stunt Coordinator

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    not really sure where this topic goes, or if it has already been rehashed before, if so i apologize:

    how do you listen to music?

    for me, i don't know if it's because my brain can't work that way, but i can't seem to do both, meaning i can't enjoy music and enjoy how it sounds at the same time.

    if i like something enough, then usually i would consider it awesome no matter what speakers it's coming out of. well, to a certain extent. obviously i'd much rather listen to music on my home system than through headphones at the gym. but when i do listen at home, and i'm enjoying the music, i usually get so caught up in it that i end up not paying attention to little subtleties. i just love the notes i'm hearing so much i forget about all the little technicalities. same goes the other way. if i'm listening for imaging, spaciousness, instrument localization, etc., i usually focus so much on that i can't seem to actually pay attention to the music itself, and don't enjoy it as much.

    is there something wrong with me? why can't i do both things at once? i really would like to, is there some sort of class i can take at the local community college or something? it makes me depressed sometimes, that i can't enjoy how good the music is and how good it sounds at the same time.

    another thing, when you buy a new cd/record/whatever, what do you listen for first, the music or the sound quality of the recording? am i just kidding myself, am i wasting all this money on nice stereo equipment if i can't appreciate it unless i'm specifically listening for it?
     
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    I admit freely to being no expert on sound quality. I've only had a half-way decent sound system for a short while. At least half of my music listening is done at work on headphones played on the computer, which I is why I have the CD versions of non-classical titles I also have on high-res. So, sound quality isn't that big of a deal, but I do always try to make sure the best digital recordings of every album I own (ie, high-res and remastered CDs).
    As for the music itself, it all depends on what I'm listening to. Some things I consider more "background" music- Robert Fripp's Soundscapes, Mahler (who the hell can understand what's going on with that stuff?), some of the more weird jazz stuff (Coleman, Zorn, later Coltrane, later Miles).
    If I get a new high-res disc of music I'm already familiar with, than I will focus on the sound quality, mainly to see if the money I spent was worth it. [​IMG]
    NP: Peter Gabriel, So, CD, which I'm trying to listen to more for sound quality because it's a new remastered version, but gosh-darnit those grooves and hooks are just too catchy to ignore.
     

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