When you listen to music, you want to hear everything from the first drum beat to every guitar lick and lyric in between. In recent years music has been getting louder (in terms of production) and its making music sound less and less pleasing. This recent article on RollingStone.com (“The Death of High Fidelity”) confirms that “the loudness war” is real and in full effect. Making music louder on the mastering level can degrade the quality of dynamics on a song and in turn make it sound like just noise, maybe thats the reason our parents always think we listen to “noise” because they were use to the full dynamic sounds of yesterdays music. On top of albums being produced with louder instruments and vocals, the increased use of headphones and small computer speakers on top of compressed music (mp3’s) makes todays music painful to listen to sometimes.
What do you think of the idea of albums being made louder? Do you think its acceptable because you listen mostly on headphones and mp3’s, or do you feel today’s music is loosing quality and bands should fight to have the music sound more dynamic? Let us know your thoughts.