Why The World Is Flat . . .

Not sure what’s happening to my ears, but all samples sound flat to me these days. Even good ones. I’m just feelin’ live instruments.

I just need to hear some shit that moves the air and molecules in a room. Even when you sample records where cats played live, it loses dimension. Even good Hiphop records are sounding flat to me lately. Ain’t nothing like hearing hands or sticks on skins, a cat pluckin’ a bass, a hammer to strings or tines, or blowing horns.

Unless it’s a handclap, a tambourine or some synth pads, I’m really not feeling samples of any sort right now. Maybe it’s just a phase. I dunno.

Compression is definitely a factor. Especially with drums. Drums to tape had a natural compression to it. When they try to recreate that by adding compression to digital, it just flattens everything out. To add to that when it’s a heavily compressed sampled sound to begin with, the shit ends up having no life.

You can get a lot of sounds from one of these streamlined keyboards today, but they had more character when there was only one or two sounds you could get out of them. And it’s easier to carry around a Nook than a lot of books, but there’s only so much you can get from a screen.

Even if you’re listening to some really good Hiphop, then you A/B it with a classic Stevie Wonder or EWF record, there’s no comparison. That’s what was really great about D’Angelo’s Voodoo. The live tracks really make it. The programmed tracks aren’t nearly as funky.

I understand that sampling is a part of the Hiphop culture, but I’d rather listen to the original records than a sample at this point. For all the convenience the virtual world offers, it’s the tactile experiences that make us human.

Touch: There’s no replacement for that.

– Nicholas Payton

Virtual sex may be alright in a pinch, but ain’t nothin’ like The Real Thing…

All the Kindles Fires are cool—they’re tools—but I want to finger the pages. I like to see ink on paper. The virtual shit lacks dimension, and the more we interface with virtual things, the less dimension we have as people.

“Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?” -Job 38:5

“The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.” -Ecclesiastes 1:5

The ancients foretold the future. The world is flat and the sun revolves around the earth.


– Nicholas Payton aka The Savior of Archaic Pop

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