posted on Feb, 18 2007 @ 03:12 PM
Yeah, and how about all of those angels in Enyas recordings?
1. As the resident music expert around here I can see as plain as day that the Baltimore recording is laiden with 16 bit wavetable synthesis. The
piano may be a sample, but the recording quality is too awful for me to tell, however, the choir absolutely is. In fact, it may not even be a choir
setting so much as an ethereal setting, like crystal pad. Over the past eleven years I've worked on a lot of jazz, ethereal new age, and black
metal, so although I tread carefully concerning most topics on ATS, you can take my musical and production opinions to the bank. Das my word, son
2. The Chinese recording is a freakin' mess. The recording is very distorted but my guess is that it's old and the instrumentation is authentic
and acoustic. The vocals are not only unintelligible, but I don't hear a lick of harmony in the voices aside from octaves (though that could just be
an illusion due audio distortion and harmonics).
3. The Florida church is only one chord, and I think an angels grasp of harmony would allow for something a little more interesting and inspiring.
A major, with an occasional numbskull in the crowd throwing in a slightly sharp or flat (heard them both) E. I even heard an F# in there at one
point, but that's really neither here nor there (major 6th if you care).
Although I can't confirm the chord's digital nature because of the crowd's white noise overlapping it, I can confirm a general boring uniformness
of the notes in the chord. There is nothing unique, no vibrato, no trills, no color tones (save those of the tone deaf crowd), and all that combined
with the fact that it's one major chord, the whole time. If angels really are this boring I'm going to have to put God on notice for creating
4. If the phone rings one more time I'm going to close this window, oh, was I typing out loud.
The Kansas church is humans, not thousands of angels. The song is lame and the intro is sloppy. Also, we are told that there is a solo where the
practicing choir paused. Then when the practicing choir continues they are in a new key that the solo seques into nicely. Also, if this was a
practicing choir recording themselves that had a mediocre angelic band multitrack themselves into said recording, why can't we hear the whole thing?
Wouldn't the instructions, countoffs, critiquing, "okay, let's try it from the tops,"and other such banter common in practice be in that
recording, regardless of the angelic band?
The bottom line with all of this is that if this is to be believed, then angels have the musical training of a first year music major. I would expect
a hell of a lot more out of angels, at least rivaling, if not surpassing the ability of JS Bach. I would also expect to hear counterpoint that would
wrap around your head and create dissonance and conflict that, when resolved, would bring you to tears. My girlfriend and I make better music
improvised while we're driving.