Music

Which Sounds Better, Analog or Digital Music?

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Let's #TBT to a timeless article trying to answer a timeless question:

"Record players have made a comeback over the past decade. Some of the credit probably goes to the hipster trend toward retro everything, but music lovers often claim records just sound better than digital music. I played my part in boosting record player sales after finding my mom’s old record collection in my parents’ house. The collection itself was not particularly exciting, but the possibility of listening to the exact records she had played as a teenager felt like some sort of time travel.

So we bought a record player. I distinctly remember playing The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. I had dutifully met the college student stereotype of blasting The Beatles on a regular basis, so I had heard those songs a hundred times. But when the cacophony at the end of “A Day in the Life” came on, it was not the one I had heard before. It sounded much deeper and fuller, like there were new noises in it. I was skeptical of the claim that vinyl sounded better, so I was surprised to be hearing a difference. Being a scientific-minded person, I’m not exactly swayed by one data point, but the experience did pique my curiosity.

So what’s the deal with the vinyl phenomenon? Is it really possible that records just inherently make a fuller sound? To have any hope of answering these questions, we have to start with something more basic: What is sound and how do we hear it?"

Read the rest over at The Atlantic.

Is This The Best Cover of A-ha's "Take On Me" Of All Time?

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Is this the best cover of A-ha's "Take On Me" of all time? That depends on how many covers of it you've heard. We're big fans of covers, at least co-founder Alex Roy is, so we've done the heavy lifting for you and found some more of them, ranging from jazzy to metal.

Let's start with the original 80's classic:

Then we've got this fun acoustic version by Seven Handle Circus from New Orleans:

And then you have this which could almost be by Fishbone, but is by another band with "fish" in it, Reel Big Fish:

How about a very 80's-style metal cover by a very Nordic metal band called Northern Kings?

If that soft metal cover wasn't metal enough for you, here's a speed metal version from Triphon. Starts heavier than it ends:

Sadly for the cover bands, it seems that the best cover us actually the acoustic version by the original A-ha for MTV unplugged. Yes, we know it's not really a cover, but it's certainly the loveliest version: