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Hear What You’re Losing in the MP3 Compression Process

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chris fehn headphonesDo you share the concerns of Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn that mp3s sacrifice audio quality for convenience? Or are you not quite convinced?

Either way, this oughta be of interest to you: CBC Music reports that University of Virginia computer music student Ryan Maguire has taken the first song ever compressed into a mp3, “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega, and made a brand new piece called “moDernisT” from all the sounds lost during that compression process. The results, are… um… interesting.

Here’s Vega’s original, with which you may already be familiar (it’s been used in a lot of movies and commercials)…

…and here’s Maguire’s “moDernisT”:

So? Is this enough to convince you to stick to physical media and/or FLAC files, or are you all, “Uhhh… whatever, dude!”?

[via Adrien Begrand]

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