knolan wrote:Society does not accept low quality.
That's not true as a generalisation - for instance, society *often* picks convenience over quality - this is why mp3's have been so successfull, for example.
knolan wrote:I think your hugely underestimating the sophistication and expectation of your average listener!
Maybe. I also thinkyou may be over-estimating it!
knolan wrote:And of course playing on better instruments makes the whole experience, from performance to listening, better.
It *certainly* makes *playing* it better, but I'm not convinced the average listener cares of the recording quality of (say) the acoustic guitar track, as long as they like the song and the performance...
knolan wrote:But the amazing thing was - the sound from the lead violinist's violin was instantaneously and blatantly obviously FAR poorer in strength and quality of tone.
Sure. And to you, an educated, informed and experienced listener, I'm sure the effect was dramatic. And maybe that's a performance that was also filled with educated and informed listeners. But I'd be interested what the results would be if you polled the audience who witnessed it about the event - my *guess* was they would talk about the incident, and the amazing recovery, but few would comment on the difference in tone between the violins.
knolan wrote:your average listener is used to extraordinary quality, has a discerning ear
I don't really think the average listener is regularly listing to music performed expertly on Stradivarius' - I think the average listener is more likely listening to the Nolan Sisters on FM radio in a garage somewhere, but our understanding of what constitutes *average* may differ widly!
knolan wrote:You may not like the music - but that doesn't make it rubbish.
Of course, but I don't think anyone's saying that...
knolan wrote:OK - accept this is subjective - but in general, high quality is the name of the game. A generalised comment about Zimmer like scores is not a good enough response. Give me an example of a block buster movie that had a poor quality score.
Top end scores are demanding - top end of *anything* is demanding. But not everything is top end. To think of just one example from the top of my head, Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie was largely scored by holding one finger down on the Pete Schwartz's "Ski Jam" preset on the Wavestation. Not that all scores are this dumb, of course! But yes, film scoring is not simple or trivial by any means.
knolan wrote:The standard of "bog-standard" media music is high - VERY high. It may not be a culturally significant piece of music; but that's a different debate.
Yes, I think by and large, these days the standard is pretty good, as the tools mean that there aren't really any excuses to delivering "demo-quality" content any more, event with very small budgets...