Hear What You’re Not Hearing When Music Is Compressed
Diffuser.fm reports that the convenience of the MP3 format has made many things easier — sharing songs, taking the music with you without lugging around boxes of CDs or tapes. But in that drive for mobility and simplicity, it’s not just the luggage that’s being cut out. Ryan Maguire, a Ph.D. student in Composition and Computer Technologies at the University of Virginia Center for Computer Music, is on a mission of sorts.
That mission is to expose and explain just what is being taken from the listening experience when audio is compressed in the MP3 format. In a video posted on his website, The Ghost in the MP3, Maguire has taken the Suzanne Vega song, “Tom’s Diner,” and created an audio file of all the ambient sounds that were chopped off during its digital compression