Dylan Says Modern Recordings Are ‘Atrocious’

August 28, 2006


Bob Dylan says the quality of modern recordings is “atrocious,” and even the songs on his new album sounded much better in the studio than on disc. “I don’t know anybody who’s made a record that sounds decent in the past 20 years, really,” the 65-year-old rocker said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

Dylan, who released eight studio albums in the past two decades, returns with his first recording in five years, “Modern Times,” next Tuesday.

Noting the music industry’s complaints that illegal downloading means people are getting their music for free, he said, “Well, why not? It ain’t worth nothing anyway.” “You listen to these modern records, they’re atrocious, they have sound all over them,” he added. “There’s no definition of nothing, no vocal, no nothing, just like … static.” Dylan said he does his best to fight technology, but it’s a losing battle. “Even these songs probably sounded ten times better in the studio when we recorded ’em. CDs are small. There’s no stature to it.”

Quoted from: Reuters


One comment

  1. Dylan might have a point there. The advent of digital multi-track recording technology meant that artistes and musicians could record their track separately. Thus, the ‘live’ feel of the music was gradually lost. Yes, music became more perfect in the technical sense, but the feel was lost. For instance, in an interview a while ago, Burdon (The Animals) told the tale of how they recorded The House of The Rising Sun in just two takes. So despite the obvious technical glitches, the feel of the song is intact, and very close to how it sounded when the band played live. Moreover, they were recording with a sound engineer who had never recorded an electric guitar before! That explains why the sound of the electric guiter is unusually loud throughout the song… but today, that’s become one of the characteristic elements of this mega hit.

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