Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Ever heard a recording and thought it was a live band?

In his book White Bicycles, Joe Boyd writes: "I have seen people enter pubs and bars where the Buena Vista Social Club CD is playing and look around for the source of the music; they seem startled to be entering a 3-dimensional acoustic space..." Is this really possible? I've often walked into rooms, thought there was a band playing and been right. I don't know if I've ever heard a CD and thought it was a real band. So what signals am I picking up? What makes live music sound live, and recorded music sound recorded? I wish my ears were better...
(Pic: Egrem Studios, where BVSC was recorded, via Indriani)

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