How Noise Became Music # Vocabulary For IELTS
HOW NOISE BECAME MUSIC
We live in the loudest of times. It all began about twenty years ago, when new digital technologies started to radically alter the way music was made, refined, and shared. It suddenly became fairly easy to endow songs with a more aggressive presence: with a click of the mouse, you just made it all—especially the quiet parts—louder. Since then, there’s been a debate over the effects of the “loudness wars” on our ability to appreciate nuance, particularly the dynamic range between loud and soft that, in the parlance of audiophiles, gives music the room to “breathe.” As musicians from Iggy Pop to Christina Aguilera began making their music as thunderous as possible, our standards and preferences gradually changed. Loudness has won. We have come to crave music that is garish, punchy, and, according to the anti-loudness partisans, poorly engineered. But now that we listen to music everywhere—often in a semi-distracted state, across a range of devices and settings—it should come as no surprise that artists want their music to come pre-coated with a glossy immediacy. First impressions matter. Why not insure that you can’t be ignored?
- Radically means fundamentally or in a completely basic manner.
- Alter means to change or become different or modify it.
- Endow means to equip something. Here it means, that songs are equipped with aggressive sounds, that is the songs made are more aggressive now.
- Aggressive refers to something that is vigorously energetic. An aggressive music means something that energizes you.
- Nuance is used to refer to slight difference or variation in color or tone. So here it says it wants to find whether you can tolerate slight difference in loud and soft music.
- Audiophile refers to a person who is interested in a
- Thunderous is anything that produces thunder or thunder like noise.
- Garish refers to anything that is glittering or showy or may be vulgar.
- Punchy means confused.
- Partisans are non-conformist or sectarians.
- Immediacy is closeness.