mediate the medium

Interesting listening experience tonight: I was locking into the new Grails Black Tar Prophecies Vol. 4, when I realized the copy I’d received to review was a burn from the original vinyl. The extra white noise and the faint churning of the turntable’s motor gave it away, but also detracted from the focus and enjoyment of the listen. What’s truly interesting about this is that I knew immediately that if I were listening to this on vinyl (soon enough!!) and could hear the same noises through my turntable, I would immediately tune them out and have a pleasurable experience. But, since it was an mp3 copy, I didn’t expect these sounds and it made for a distraction. Mull it over…


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