Is modern amplification ruining music?

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Is modern amplification ruining music?

Postby nick pick » Sun Sep 28, 2008 5:11 pm

Many of you including Jonathan from a previous thread are clearly sold on modern systems of amplification - that is after-all all that is available to buy new. The whole problem with modern amplification as it relates to modern acoustic music is that it sells itself as giving a transparent and natural acoustic sound when nothing could be further from the truth. The sound of amplified acoustic bands, especially folk, blue- and newgrass bands, in the last ten years or so is horribly stylised. Many people do not hear this because all sorts of pressures – peer, media above all the market, condition the ear to think it sounds natural. In twenty years or so it will sound what it is – fake. Far too many decent and some very fine musicians are ruining their music for the present and for posterity by choosing to use modern systems of amplification. The answer is to play acoustic and use basic good quality standing microphones or older sound-hole pickups of the type used in the 50s and 60s which although they could never be described as sounding natural, actually sound more natural than any modern pickup.

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