“Good music” said conductor Thomas Beecham in 1950 “is that which penetrates the ear with facility and quits the memory with difficulty.” Its the part the ear that today’s audiophiles will most readily gravitate to. We’re taking Mr. Beecham out of context to some extent, but the fact remains that we have to properly hear music so as to actually love it.
earphone technology has come some distance since days of the Walkman (remember them?) and also further since the advent of 8-track. Whilst it could be argued that music itself has tumbled right into a descending spiral of mindless repetition and inane exercises in empty ‘cool’, it cannot be ignored that the facilities for being attentive to music on the go have improved a great deal. Continue reading