words and drawing by: Telegraphy
"We have reached the end. The end of audio experimentation. Only thing left to do is to directly inject music in our brains."
Telegraphy ionosonde recordings 2011
The history of audio experimentation in modern and post modern times has led us to one single purpose, and that is total sound realization. To be so enveloped in audio that our minds experience it as the real thing and not have any concluding rationalization. Is this the path we as humans are taking, the path to full audio realization? Or is there still copious amounts of new and unexplored methods of engineering sound? If so, what a wonderful future. Can't wait to hear it.
Starting from the beginning of the modern recording age. When Thomas Edison perfected the phonograph like most experimenters before him, had the means of archiving sound to the fullest sonic quality. I'd gathered that he and many others didn't set out to invent a apparatus that recorded a small portion of the audio spectrum. No, they wanted to record sound the way human ears hear it.This set off scientist and engineers years later on a hi-fidelity wild goose chase.
The 1920's came the age of electronically recorded sound, all direct from the scientific power houses of the time: Bell Telephone, AT&T, and Westing House. All was going great, the record players were sounding better then ever before, movies were finally talking with the new "talkies", and radios were being engineered with better circuitry for better fidelity. So if that wasn't enough to get an audio-files labeato running, in came a scientist from Bell Telephone that would change the face of recorded music for generations to come.
In 1924 a scientific paper was published by Harry Nyquist, a scientist working for AT&t and Bell. As he was doing studies of how information traveled though telephone wires, he found that if you sample a noise or information pules at twice it's frequency you can study it in a noiseless environment. This is the basic concept of digital audio sampling as we know it today or in other words (now everybody say it with me) MP3 AUDIO !!!
Advancements of audio technology hasn't gone much farther after the 1930's. Only until the early 80's when the compact disk was introduced did the sound quality of audio enhanced. The digital audio format CD's carried was (is) the closest true sound our ears can receive. Or is it?
The greatest argument among audio-files is weather analog sounds better then digital. Of course analog is going to be more superior then digital, if only analog could have the signal to noise ratio that of digital. But all arguments aside for a moment. In the post modern world we live in, the digital format we've come to know has one primary purpose and that is to be easily transferable(say it with me one more time; MP3). Can you squeeze a analog song into your MP3 player? If you can then I have a retirement fund that I'd like you to contribute to (namely my own). As every tech savvy person knows that digital audio is nothing but small bits and pieces of chopped up analog audio. If I take that roll of toilet paper next to your toilet and I rip off each and every sheet (that's allot of craps) and I place them neatly in a pile, would it be the same? So I think it's safe to say that since the 1930's we have degradation in audio quality.
"So Telegraphy", you might be asking your self, "what about the future of audio. All you have been talking about is my roll of toilet paper"? Well first off, I can't look in the future nor am I adept enough to do so. I'll leave that to the powers that be to tell us what we will do next for them. Secondly, if your that annal about annal wipes; get a maid to clean up after you.
The advent of the synthesizer enabled complex colors of sound to be created. During the 1960's the popularity of the modular synthesizer grew exponentially. With availability and feasibility, artist and engineers raved about the "new sound" the synthesizer were able to create. One draw back of the analog modular synthesizer is it's inherent complexity. To set up these machines you virtually had to be an engineer. Then along came the software based synthesis. Machines like the CMI Fairlight and the NED Synclavier can now be set up with ease in minimal time.
So now, once again, we see the degradation of analog audio to a chopped up digital format. Anyways, back to the subject at hand. From then on, we as a generation had fun creating "new sounds" with software based synthisisation, coupled with software based effects. Digital Audio Workstations came on to the market, now all of the sudden an new form of music raised up from the zero's and one's of the software based synthesizers source codes: Tech-no, DnB, jungle, ninja-tune, chiptone, minimal, call it what ever, it was out there being created by novices with home built studios, uploaded to the internet and downloaded for free!
It was the age of electronic music experimentation. Like your teenaged daughter at a frat party, where a feeling of no boundaries was present. Free expression. Free sound. Free sex? (sorry, getting of topic. I'm lonely) That brings us to the present day, where the newest fad is waveform creation. By taking a simple waveform and visually manipulating it to create new and unexplored sounds. Could this creation software be the Antilles Heal of the software synth? Is it the last and final frontier of digital audio experimentation as know it before people begin to wake up to the fact the digital audio sounds bad? Again, if you want answers, go to your local federal government office. There, you'll get answers. They won't be necessarily straight, but there answers.
From the DAW came a new concept of human to computer interface for music creation; The audibly recognizable scale-free music is a form of linking the human brains thoughts to a computers audio generation software. A individual wearing a helmet containing a matrix of electrodes, similar to a EEG (Electrencephalograph), picks up minute brain waves, amplifies them and then processes these wave as tones.
Damn it! We are still using digital computing to hopefully produce the best sound possible. At this point in my life I have no hope for science to harness full audio realization. We have experimented endless times. Can we go no farther? No, we have reached the end. The end of audio experimentation. Only thing left to do is to directly inject music in our brains.