9.347 digital radio

Humanist (mccarty@phoenix.Princeton.EDU)
Sun, 3 Dec 1995 12:24:42 -0500 (EST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 9, No. 347.
Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (Princeton/Rutgers)

[1] From: Jascha Kessler <JKessler@ucla.edu> (14)
Subject: Re: 9.339 more media meditations

How odd, this about radio! If you drive in Europe, you rent a car and hear
digital radio. Here, the Classical FM that meant so much to us for the
last 40 years is unlistenable now: the band is too narrow, and after the
hifi of the past 20 years, today's systems, mine, in fact, though only
mid-range in price, it is impossible to drive and listen to classical
music. Jazz fares better; so I have a CF player in the car, and even my
tapes, from CDs, not older broadcast tapes of both jazz and Classical
music, do better. Until we have FM that is digital, and receivers, one has
to forget about music, after the ears have changed. At home, I no longer
listen to the Classical stations. The Metropolitan Opera, live, and sent
on wires, is barely possible to listent to, and I certainly dont have the
ears I had when I was 30 decades ago. I can still tell a squishy narrow
skreaky violin from a buzzsaw, though. It all depends... There is cable
FM radio for some, jazz, say, in San FRancisco, but that is a novelty
still. Analogues to this cybernet? Anyone? Jascha Kessler