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by bjkwon
June 14th, 2020, 7:14 pm
Forum: Audio technology
Topic: 58. Foley artists
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Views: 1250

58. Foley artists

Who says movies bring you the reality? Movies don't deal with true reality. It's only storytelling, after all. Most of the sound you hear in movies are not real but created by Foley artists. These masters of fake arts manipulate our perception. Magicians at least receive a round of applause from th...
by bjkwon
June 14th, 2020, 7:11 pm
Forum: Audio technology
Topic: 56. Studio recordings can't beat live music.
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Views: 858

56. Studio recordings can't beat live music.

As the quality of studio recordings becomes almost perfect, ironically the room for pleasant surprises diminishes. One way to spice it up is listening to various artists, all of whom may be considered world-class perfect, playing the same piece and compare them. Even better--don't settle with recor...
by bjkwon
June 14th, 2020, 7:08 pm
Forum: Audio technology
Topic: 55. MIDI music can't beat human music
Replies: 0
Views: 877

55. MIDI music can't beat human music

Good music makes you happy. You have listened to it hundreds of times, yet you appreciate something new and pleasantly surprised everytime you listen. Your love for the music deepens. With a decent synthesizer module, a MIDI file with polished details can make almost perfect music. But you will not...
by bjkwon
June 14th, 2020, 7:07 pm
Forum: Audio technology
Topic: 53. Reverberation is magic
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Views: 941

53. Reverberation is magic

The sound we hear in a room or building comes with numerous reflections from the walls or the ceiling. We have acquired the ability to scan the environment with auditory cues from echoes and reverberation and tiny pitch changes of the sounds as we move relative to the sound sources. Even though the...
by bjkwon
June 14th, 2020, 7:05 pm
Forum: Audio technology
Topic: 51. Analog vs digital
Replies: 0
Views: 859

51. Analog vs digital

Some are nostalgic about "analog," bemoaning beautiful, classic analog sound pushed away by digital technologies for the sake of convenience. Well, understandably they have had a favorite audio system of theirs labeled as "analog;" but "analog vs digital" has little relevance to perception. All sen...
by bjkwon
June 14th, 2020, 7:02 pm
Forum: Audio technology
Topic: 50. Audiophiles
Replies: 0
Views: 846

50. Audiophiles

Some say that they have such an exceptional hearing that any imperfection in audio systems gets in the way for them to appreciate the beauty of music. They are not afraid to spend tens of thousand dollars on high-end amplifiers and speakers, if they "feel" right to them. Well, should we do some fac...
by bjkwon
June 14th, 2020, 6:34 pm
Forum: Hearing health
Topic: 45. Would you rather be blind or be deaf?
Replies: 0
Views: 1239

45. Would you rather be blind or be deaf?

Neither, of course. But if you are like most people who think hearing loss is probably not as bad as vision loss, keep reading. First of all, until recently, deaf people were treated as "dumb" unless proven otherwise (still the case so in unenlightened societies). Blind people never have to worry a...
by bjkwon
June 14th, 2020, 6:33 pm
Forum: Hearing health
Topic: 43. We are bound to be deaf
Replies: 0
Views: 882

43. We are bound to be deaf

Life expectancy continually improves. A baby born today has a greater chance of becoming a centenarian than someone born in 1950's. Thanks to medical breakthroughs and better preventive care in recent years, seniors today enjoy better overall health than their predecessors, and the longevity of the...
by bjkwon
June 14th, 2020, 6:32 pm
Forum: Hearing health
Topic: 42. Hyperacusis and that sound of fingernails scraping a chalkboard
Replies: 0
Views: 912

42. Hyperacusis and that sound of fingernails scraping a chalkboard

With the condition known as hyperacusis, people report a severe discomfort, even pain, with loud sound. If you have ever seen them and saw them as a malingerer, think about the universally hated sound of fingernails scraping on a chalkboard. Just watching such a video clip makes you cringe. The phe...
by bjkwon
June 14th, 2020, 6:20 pm
Forum: Hearing health
Topic: 39. A preventable cause of hearing loss
Replies: 0
Views: 828

39. A preventable cause of hearing loss

It's not rocket science that a very loud sound, "deafening" sound, can damage our hearing. Indeed, a substantial percentage of people with permanent hearing loss have a history of prolonged exposure to high-intensity sounds. Unlike other causes of hearing loss, this can be avoided or reduced if we ...