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Music streaming companies can do better: How you can help

  • Posted on: 24 August 2014
  • By: Irene

TEDxFlourCity Readers,

Thanks for checking back with us after a short break from posting. Let's catch up: TEDxFlourCity kicked off our event year on Thursday August 14th with a speaker mixer at Black Button Distilling. Guests enjoyed smooth drinks, bubbly conversation and food for thought and consumption. We are looking forward to the first salon in our Salon Series on September 15. Details here! 

And now without further ado, our next featured TEDxFlourCity2014 speaker:

Stephen Roessner has a challenge for you and for all music consumers in the digital age: Don’t settle for low quality in your audio life.

Roessner is a recording engineer and is focusing on Musical Acoustics and Digital Signal processing on his way to earning his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Rochester. In 2010 Roessner won a Grammy award for his recording of French composer Olivier Messiaen's "Livre du Saint Sacrament" (Book of the Blessed Sacrament). He has been passionate about recording since the age of 14, but has worked on both sides of the recording glass during his career, performing in several bands in addition to recording albums for others.

Stephaen Roessner on the TEDxFlourCity2014 stage

“We demand a lot from our visuals, we always want high definition television and the best color you can find in our pictures and a lot of that stuff, but in audio people are willing to … Sacrifice the quality of audio, which I think needs to change… We don’t have to make that tradeoff,” says Roessner.

With the internet’s fast data processing capabilities, improving the quality of sound streamed online is easily achieved. However, the major digital music streaming companies will not offer better quality unless there is a demand for it. Roessner urges music listeners to be more selective and discerning when using these services and pay attention to the quality of the content they provide.

How can listeners tell whether they are hearing the best version of a recording or whether the quality could be drastically improved? In his TEDxFlourCity2014 talk, Roessner describes and demonstrates what is really lost from the listening experience when we listen to recordings in lower quality formats. He teaches the audience how to “tune in and tune up” and use our ears to distinguish between different qualities of sound produced by different types of audio files. Watch his TEDxFlourCity2014 talk titled “Changing Listening” and learn how to listen closer to improve the way you experience music:

Did this video resonate with you? Help this idea spread: We challenge you to compare a song on three (or more) different music platforms. Leave us some love on our wall or tweet at us and let us know what you discover! Also, click on the share button below to keep the discovery going. 

Check back with us midweek when we post the next video release. Have a great start to your week!