Neil Young gets ”angry” at the current state of ”the sound of music”.
The ‘Rockin’ in the Free World’ singer is not a fan of the digital age of music as he doesn’t think the quality of it as good as it should be.
He said: ”I’m finding that I have a little bit of trouble with the quality of the sound of music today. I don’t like it. It just makes me angry. Not the quality of the music, but we’re in the 21st century and we have the worst sound that we’ve ever had. It’s worse than a 78 [rpm record]. Where are our geniuses? What happened?”
The 66-year-old rocker claims MP3s only feature 5 per cent of the data from an original master file, which he sees as a major problem.
He told ‘MTV News’: ”If you’re an artist and you created something and you knew the master was 100 per cent great, but the consumer got 5 per cent, would you be feeling good? I like to point that out to artists. That’s why people listen to music differently today. It’s all about the bottom and the beat driving everything, and that’s because in the resolution of the music, there’s nothing else you can really hear. The warmth and the depth at the high end is gone.
”It’s like Occupy Music – the 5 per cent, that’s who we are now. We used to be the hundred per cent!”
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