I wrote about it many many times but it keep shook me, primary because it very much violates all intellectual provision I can extend against what I am saying. Today FM again flew my socks off and it was not special FM but objectively crappy FM.
Today WCRB broadcasted live-to-tape concert with Chicago Symphony Orchestra lead by Ludovic Morlot. It was Martinu’s “The Frescoes..”, the Debussy’s unavoidable La Mer, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Chicago concertmaster Robert Chen and Mozart’s Concerto No. 21 with Jonathan Biss. It was not live broadcast but Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast from WFMT Radio Network. They do not do live broadcasts and their stream edited with overlaid announcers. Most likely the WCRB get data from via shipped CD or over a phone. I will not be surprised if it was some kind of MP3 feed – I do not know how they exchange data. Plus it was FM – compressed, limited, noise – you name it….
Still, the Sound of music in my room was just phenomenal. I was not home and I scheduled the recording (Schwarz–Pacific). I got home, turn it on and what an experience!!! It does not have that hi-tech sound that that we get from high-performing CD, LP, tape but it t offer a phenomenal readability of music and it has that euphoric liquidity and connectively of musical events that are so hard to get from CD/LP. Honesty, this type of Sound I can listen all day long.
I have seen people at different audio forums make fan on me, mocking my admiration of FM and presuming that if I appreciate the crappy FM then my references about Sound are very questionable. The irony is that I do not disagree with them, FM is crap, and still there is some exoteric force with FM sound that I can’t get over. I do not mind to post a fragment from today concert and you can see yourself, but you shall not play it at stinky computes headphone – only you do not need to blow it up at your big systems and to hear it in full glory.
I am not exactly the person who would listen the Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and appreciate it too much, particularly in Robert Chen overly simplistic approach. Still, I almost was tempted to play it again as it was insanely pleasant. A few years ago an audio guy I know stopped by at my home and had a long listening session in my room. I played to him records and CDs, it was fine, he liked it and then as played the very first FM recording he said “Amassing!” I asked him what he found amassing. He replied:”I just felt as someone gave me a food massage”…Rgs, Romy the Cat
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche