Portable media, in the form of MP3s and digital players, has been around for so long that many of us might have forgotten how music used to be. Some of us have been born into this age, never really having had much (if any) experience with vinyl, 8-track, cassettes, or even CDs. That ancient tech stuff doesn’t carry the glitz and glamour of today’s latest devices.
A short film has just been released. This documentary, The Distortion of Sound, addresses the gap between what musicians make versus what the common person listens to on the go. The work and passion that goes into the art of creating music becomes diluted and lost, as it streams through the internet or is played back from digital audio files.
“And then compression came in, like a blessing and a curse.” – A.R. Rahman, Film Composer Slumdog Millionaire
We get to find and enjoy so much more music now than ever, but there has been a cost. We’ve learned to settle for scraps. No one would buy an expensive steak dinner just to cut into it, lick the juices, and then leave it there. That doesn’t feed the body; low-quality audio played on low-quality devices don’t feed the soul.
Regardless of how you feel about the current situation, so long as you love and enjoy music, this documentary is worth watching (22 minutes, no commercials!). After listening to Snoop Dogg, Hans Zimmer, Slash, and more, you might start to reconsider those cheap earbuds and streaming services for something greater and fuller.