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How do you listen to music - and is that the ‘right’ way?

Innocent Bystander ·
How do you listen to music - and is that the ‘right’ way? This as the subject of a thread was prompted by a post in the Is the ND555 now the pinnacle of sound? thread, which evolved into a discussion of live vs recorded music, and one response included the comment: “either you are engaged with the violinist or have no idea of how one should listen to music”. That got me thinking: how should one listen to music? Indeed, is there a “correct” way? How many ways are there? How does one learn?
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TOBYJUG ·
I often wonder the same when flicking through the picture settings whilst watching the telly. My preference for light and colour changes from what's watched and can be distracting, especially for others in the room watching. Having a palette helps enormously. Those times when listening has been questioned and you have needed to address it conceptually helps to give a broad line gestalt.
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Peder ·
🔹 Lutyens,....I fully agree with you,....the passion,...AND,..the inlevel of the artist,..allowing yourself to be drawn in to the music. Find no other fast example,so I take this..... Watch this clip between the time 3.50 – 3.60,.... thus 10 seconds. 🔸 Här kommer en YouTube-video till dig! https://www.youtube.com/watch?...v9Zvh6Yw&sns=sms Tina has played this song thousands of times over decades,...yet she has 100% empathy, passion....and,..The most important,...she has fun on stage.
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Minh Nguyen ·
The I Ching is considered by some scholars to be one of the most important books in history. It contains 64 hexagrams that are represented as 6 lines on top of each other. These lines can be either yin or yang (0 or 1, yes or no). 2^6 is 64. There are 64 unique combinations. There are 64 codons in DNA. The first hexagram is Qian (Heaven, The Initiating). It represents the male principle and is yang (activity). The second hexagram is Kun (Earth, The Receptive). It represents the female...
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Rich 1 ·
Prefer live music, sometimes because of the atmosphere. When we listen at home we want to be reminded of a live performance. If the combination of recorded music and our equipment doesn't do this then it's not Hi Fi. Rich
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Romi ·
I am not sure about the 'correct way' to listen to music; it never ever occured to me that there is such a way? I often thought the 'best or natural way'. At the end of the day its a subjective matter, unless the listening to music is for an ulterior purpose eg training to be a concert pianist or learning to play the cello. I myself listen via stereo, but very often I am on You Tube discovering new music. Is there a way to connect TV to HiFi in order to play YouTube on two speakers? That...
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Peder ·
🔹 Romi,...I understand what you mean by "feeling the atmosphere" from Live shows. Albeit music,sound-quality is inferior to normal listening,..... of course.! So,..this being able to experience the artist Live, compensates a little bit..... it becomes another dimension in music listening. This I discovered first 6 months ago,when a friend sent a Tina Turner concert from Youtube to me. Before that I had never listened to Youtube,... thought the quality was too bad. Now I have found a level...
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lutyens ·
Goodness! I hope there is no correct way! I listen very which way on a variety of mediums. Sometimes I am concentrating and sometimes less so. Sometimes I enjoy the music and again sometimes less so! I would hate to think any of these ways are the 'wrong' way! I have enjoyed large orchestras live and disliked others. What I suspect I enjoy most is the passion with which a piece of music is played. So Tinariwen in a field with very few other people to Steve Wilson's latest via pop and Elgar...
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notnaim man ·
Simples - at least in my world. I cannot help but follow bass lines, I play bass. To expand, my son introduced me to Rammstein, I cannot speak German, but that does not stop me enjoying the structure, the dynamics. But I also enjoy Leonard Cohen. The tunes are part of the music, but the words are the essence, the poetry hold the meaning. On a more base level, in a box somewhere I inherited a couple of Paddy Roberts albums, pointless listening if you do not follow the words. Then, my wife...
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Olly ·
You may as well ask what is the correct way to look at a painting? The artist or the musician put their work out there and different parts of their audience take different things and get different pleasures from it. I may be a philistine because I do not understand and have not bothered to learn how to interpret paintings, does that mean that I am not looking at them in the correct way? Good art and good music both “work” at many different levels, what matters is that you are looking and...
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joerand ·
The 'right' way for me to listen to music is via loudspeakers when practicable, and via headphones when I don't want to disturb others. Beyond that the only thought that goes into it for me is which album will strike my fancy at the given time.
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Bruce Woodhouse ·
Listening to music is an emotional experience not a technical one for me. An analytical approach means listening more to the Hifi rather than the music, if you see what I mean. An example (forgive me, I have used this before, but it refers to Olly's ideas too). We own a large and unusual abstract painting. I find it peaceful and fascinating. My brother approaches it by staring at the surface from a few inches away and asking 'how has that been done?'. Both approaches to art/music are valid...
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Bruce Woodhouse ·
That is fascinating. It certainly gives you a totally different element to your hobby, Maybe I also lack a technical appreciation as someone with no musical training or music-making knowledge whatsoever. I don't think that is a problem but it must open another perspective if you play music yourself. I never listen to music and think, 'Oooh I wonder if it would sound better if'. I never tweak or fiddle once everything is set up. I suppose I occasionally note a bad recording or production but...
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TOBYJUG ·
I think I might be unique, in that I can listen into many facets at the same time. Analytical,emotional, structural,colour, shapes and form, tone, human touch and personality, what was intended, what was crafted, if it resolves what the artist behind it wanted.if a cable needs upgrading, if the right speaker needs just a millimetre nudge to the left, if I shifted my listening position forward a bit.
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joerand ·
Maybe the wrong way to listen to music is in a busy restaurant. Dishes clanging, loud conversation, hard surfaces everywhere, tough to hear your companions, yet for some reason the proprietors find it a good idea to pipe-in some auto-tuned pop staples via tiny wall or ceiling mounted speakers with no apparent bottom-end. I figure they're trying to increase the turnover rate, get more customer in and out. What a relief once you adjourn to the parking lot and can let your ears breath again.
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Bert Schurink ·
There is no wrong way to listen to music. I think everybody has all the modes between casual and very intensive concentrated. As mentioned before at it’s best it’s a fully emotional experience. The only thing I dislike is the Muzak which is forced upon you in the waiting line, in the elevator, shopping center.... And I don’t understand why there are people who are not so into music.
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joerand ·
I read Tobyjug's response as tongue-in-cheek
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Romi ·
I think many of us listen to music in a certain way and say 'this is the correct way..' but perhaps the truth of the matter is we listen to music in this certain way because its most enjoyable to us..!
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lyndon ·
Not sure if there’s a right or wrong way but I’ve often found having ample appropriate liquid refreshments leans more towards the right way lyndon
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seakayaker ·
"How do you listen to music - and is that the ‘right’ way?" ......via radio, walkman, car radio, car CD player, laptop with headphones, desktop with headphones, at home, at work, on a bus, train, plane, and of course live music in a club, theater, concert hall or outdoor setting. Then there is sitting in the living room with the main system..... For me the right way is when I am enjoying the music and the moment in time. I know that I have enjoyed a song/album/artist utilizing all the...
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Haim Ronen ·
I am listening now to Red Garland's 'Alone' fully aware that I am way off from doing it properly. I am not sitting in the sweet spot, the volume is set way too low, loosing dynamics and resolution and on top of it I the machines are stone cold since they had to be turned off till the thunderstorms had e decided to migrated to another county. There is also the thing of doing something else at the same time (typing on the iPad), a big 'No No', but somehow I feel that an attempt for a righter...
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Iron Cobra ·
Turn the settee round, take the grills off the 804's, place a record on the LP12, Kandid in the groove and sit back and listen
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Jeff Anderson ·
Certainly "the right way" must be on a high resolution system playing a selection from an occasional thread for outstanding purchases. For me personally, it would be John Hiatt's "Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns" on MP3 and an entry level system - heavenly bliss. To each their own, but I have surely been told my proper place over the years and I do yearn to be like everyone else at times. Uh, not.
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