Sunday, May 29, 2005

Gimme Some Truth

"I don't believe in Beatles; I just believe in me." --John Lennon, God

I'd possessed a certain familiarity with quite a few of the songs from John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, but had never before listened to the whole album. My music consumption of late has greatly increased, which I'm sure can be directly attributed to my new iPod. After having lunch at Chermside, I went out and bought John Lennon's Imagine album on CD, and am presently trying to determine if I can detect the difference between the uncompressed wave data played from the CD compared with the 128kb/s AAC compressed audio stream.

It's one of the reasons I wouldn't pay money to download music online, the information lost in compression - besides the fact that you can download pretty much anything you want from p2p networks for free. For music that I really like however, it's always nice to have a tangible and complete copy in my hands. iTunes will begin operations in Australia shortly, but I'll almost certainly be purchasing the music I want to own the old fashioned way.

My ears can't seem to discern anything that would distinguish the CD audio from the compressed copy, yet I know that much of the waveform data - the bits that humans can't perceive - have been taken out. I can't help but wonder though that perhaps, even though the conscious mind may be virtually ignorant of the background change, that what's lost, the information extracted, may somehow still be missed, leaving but a plastic copy and an unfulfilled unconscious, yearning for truth.

Dreaming of revolution


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