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Old 14-08-2013, 12:22 PM   #21
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Re: Which decade has the best sounding music?

As technology advances the best 'sounding' will always be the current decade. Everything else is subjective.

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Old 14-08-2013, 05:32 PM   #22
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Re: Which decade has the best sounding music?

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As technology advances the best 'sounding' will always be the current decade. Everything else is subjective.
Even though I like the fact that you take a different approach to the question I don't think that's necessarily true. The real audiophiles are still listening to vinyl and although I prefer the easyness of digitalised music I objectively agree that vinyl or studio-tape is better sounding since the wavevorms are actually curves and nog little squares that look like a curve.

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Old 14-08-2013, 07:22 PM   #23
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Re: Which decade has the best sounding music?

This decade!

Even poorly recorded music sounds really good. We have better mics, media, production techniques, etc. Everything has gotten better except artistry and musicianship. I expect this trend to continue.
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Old 14-08-2013, 08:33 PM   #24
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Re: Which decade has the best sounding music?

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This decade!

Even poorly recorded music sounds really good. We have better mics, media, production techniques, etc. Everything has gotten better except artistry and musicianship. I expect this trend to continue.
I agree
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Old 16-08-2013, 07:26 AM   #25
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Re: Which decade has the best sounding music?

(65-75) 70ths really no contest IMO

Blues, rock, reggae, jazz all had more or less their prime in this era.
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Old 16-08-2013, 10:44 AM   #26
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Re: Which decade has the best sounding music?

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Even though I like the fact that you take a different approach to the question I don't think that's necessarily true. The real audiophiles are still listening to vinyl and although I prefer the easyness of digitalised music I objectively agree that vinyl or studio-tape is better sounding since the wavevorms are actually curves and nog little squares that look like a curve.
Music produced and placed on vinyl in this decade will sound better than music produced and placed on vinyl in 1950.

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Old 16-08-2013, 11:02 AM   #27
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Re: Which decade has the best sounding music?

Often people speak of liking a certain decade's music because it 'takes them back to better days' but I see something else - the music you listened to at a certain point in your life before you started judging everything. There was a time for all of us when we didn't care what they were saying, or what genre they were, or whether or not the video was cool. We just liked it cause we were young and it was music.

I'll listen to pop songs from the past because I listened to them then but if the same songs were new today, I'd not even hear them because they're not of a genre I pursue.
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Old 16-08-2013, 12:28 PM   #28
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Music produced and placed on vinyl in this decade will sound better than music produced and placed on vinyl in 1950.
As long as it is recorded non-digital in the first place and who does that nowadays?
Especially when talking about EDM/IDM which is all produced on PC's.

When talking about sonically 'better sounding' you get into subjective territory.
Personally I prefer the Panavision film format over HD 1080p because of it's grainy and warm colours while I can objectively see HD has more detail.

CDs have a finite sound quality resolution. Vinyl is theoretically infinite. However, most vinyl’s frequencyrange doesn’t extend beyond 10khz, whereas CDs go up to 22.05khz. So vinyl has a somewhat smaller but richer sound spectrum, whereas CDs have a slightly sparser but wider sound spectrum.

I just dislike the 'loudness war'.
See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudness_war

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Old 19-06-2014, 04:07 PM   #29
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Re: Which decade has the best sounding music?

i think the most unique decade of music is the american 80's.... i mean that shit is ALL the same basic genre- fucking awesome i think! you know EXACTLY when an 80's song comes on- 90's- and 2000's have a similar feel- 90's much more guitar and alternative rock based, 2000's much more electronic based- content wise every decade gets more and more watered down into simple sexual concept and enjoying alcoholic beverages, titties and ass- thugs in da club etc etc. but ya, 80's is the most unique

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Old 19-06-2014, 09:07 PM   #30
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content wise every decade gets more and more watered down into simple sexual concept and enjoying alcoholic beverages, titties and ass- thugs in da club etc etc. but ya
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Old 20-06-2014, 07:58 PM   #31
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Re: Which decade has the best sounding music?

This one.

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Old 20-06-2014, 08:44 PM   #32
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Re: Which decade has the best sounding music?

I like from around 1920 to present, mostly the time when making electronic music was only possible, if you build your own shit and those machines were fucking huge!

I like tape recorders too. I feel everything is now peaked with creativity, complexity and whatnot, me making music now has 0 value unlike if I would of build shit in the 60's and made some funky noise. All the simplest things are out of this world for me.

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Old 20-06-2014, 09:17 PM   #33
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Re: Which decade has the best sounding music?

1990s for me. I look at the dates of the music I've purchased and downloads, and almost all of it is 1990s stuff. The exception is stuff like Bluetech and Shulman which is from the 2000s. Also I have a few hits like "We Built This City" and "Oh Yeah" from the 1980s.

I think the music industry had perfected itself in the 1990s as whatever it was (good or bad) and all of the tools and personnel needed to create and implement great sounding music was finally available, and people who could afford those and had the talent were getting tapped into it. Also there was a sense of adventure with the new tools and hence new sounds. There was attitude also, but it wasn't all fronting about image.

I think the 1980s had lots of tunes and inventions that were leading up to that apex. And then later on in the 2000s, some people were still pushing the boundaries in good ways, but this time it was with VST(i)'s. Also, the bellydancing movement really embraced amazing new IDM. That's when Tipper, Beats Antique, and stuff like that was starting to get really appreciated. Look up Tribal Fest ("TribalFest") 8 on YouTube and you see what I mean.

I feel like music right now is in a slump, but I think it will have a renewal as all the amateur hobbyists mature, and as hopefully the computer systems mature. Also, with any luck, the audio hardware movement will pick up some steam and maybe will get more classic sounds and tunes using manpower and mindpower.

Last but not least, the 1990s wouldn't be what it was without the drum samples of the 1970s! Tons of classic breaks came from well-recorded-at-the-time 1970s drums sampled and/or mixed with the classic drum machines that were still around back then. It was a double win. And of course copyright laws hadn't caught up with the masses of sampling, so plenty of amazing sample-based albums and tunes came out mixed with real life MIDI hardware, not some watered down nostalgia version.

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Old 20-06-2014, 09:41 PM   #34
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Re: Which decade has the best sounding music?

currently no decade has had the best music, i read somewhere the decade with the best music is supposed to be in, around 3120 and we'll all be dead by then oh well

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Old 20-06-2014, 10:49 PM   #35
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Re: Which decade has the best sounding music?

In terms of production warmth, I'd go with the later part of the 1980s. They'd got analogue recording down to such a fine art. You listen to Fleetwood Mac, Phil Collins and stuff from 1985-1989 and it's just so sweet sounding.

Obviously every era had great music, it's just a shame the technology wasn't always there. But you simply do the best with what's available at the time don't you...

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Old 21-06-2014, 01:47 AM   #36
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Re: Which decade has the best sounding music?

As I'm not as old as some of the other people here I have NO experience of the 80's Or early nineties for that matter!

I would probably say later nineties then, With artists such as orbital, Aphex twin and square pusher as well as the prodigy! These guys bringing in new innovative sounds that would go on to shape techno and electronic music as a whole.

So I guess thats what I think at least
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Re: Which decade has the best sounding music?

Depends on what kind of music you like.

As a fan of indie stuff, I think the biggest strides were made in the 90's. Lots of pioneering going on back then.

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Old 21-06-2014, 02:31 AM   #38
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Old 22-06-2014, 12:34 AM   #39
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Re: Which decade has the best sounding music?

For the last 10 or so years I have loved every year more and more for music.

I'm a sucker for new music.

Although I do admit 2013 has been somewhat better than 2014 for music.
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Old 22-06-2014, 12:40 AM   #40
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Gotta be the 80s. The campyness and lightheartedness of it all gives fond memories and feelings.

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