No 'le wrong generation' bullshit here, but...
Does anyone else prefer vintage recordings to modern ones, generally?
I mean the production, the instruments, the general dirty gritty authenticity of them I guess
I wouldn't say vintage, because some of the vocal tracks on some of the pre-60's stuff are just terrible, but the frequency response is just bad enough to be good and I've never ran into a digital tape saturator that worked as well as actually recording onto tape.
I agree. I think the evolution to a more "perfect" sounding recording began to rob music of it's humanity. Humans aren't perfect; should music be perfect even if art is supposed to imitate life? This is something I really noticed during the 2000s when everything became so slick, it was unreal (not in a good way) unless it was a lo-fi artist or a live recording.
I'll spend my life trying to understand how Hitsville U.S.A produced so many amazingly written, recorded and mixed songs. The fact that so many hit singles were all performed by the same band and written by a handful of songwriters is even more staggering.
Yep, for sure. Slightly annoying when you love synths, but there's some analogue maniacs in that scene too. I'm not really opposed to clean sounds out of principle or anything, though. Just not my taste.
I think the aesthetic of older recordings is pretty appealing, but I don't think it makes out breaks a piece of music to me.
The extreme opposite is pretty unsettling to me, though. Some music reaches a sort of uncanny valley with how perfect the production and mixing sounds. The only example I can think of now is radio stuff like Phillip Phillips, but I could probably find more if I had some time.
We're at a point where it's possible to apply both a "clean" aesthetic and a "raw" aesthetic to a recording, and have them both be accepted. This is a good thing, it's one more tool in the producer's toolbox, and can really augment the final product if used correctly. They're both perfectly valid approaches, and I don't prefer one over the over, you just have to do it right.
>Some music reaches a sort of uncanny valley with how perfect the production and mixing sounds.
This is pretty much the entire point of PC Music. I'm glad for it, I never thought that the production itself could be used as an artistic statement. We're living in great times, people.