If you know me or have heard my stereo system, you know I like-a the bass. But specifically, I like to hear accurate low bass in good recordings, so you might not be blown away by my system's low end, at least at first. It's not a boomy overwhelming sound, but it goes as deep as any music can, and over time, it grows on you considerably because accuracy can really pull you into the music and the setting.
How do I know it's accurate? Well, I was fortunate to grow up in a musical house, and as the son of a maestro-type guy, I always had a backstage perspective of real orchestral and acoustic instruments. And throughout later years, I've been lucky enough to record a great number of players and instruments.
It's the knowledge of real sounds that allows you to recognize accuracy, and the term "golden ears" has more to do with this type of knowledge than with precise listening devices.
In the age of Auto-Tune and algorithm-derived noise, knowledge of how things should sound is slowly being lost in the general public.
Set your subs low, and let the double bass sound like a double bass. Amen.
That said, I really do get the allure of highly produced, pumped-up or manufactured music. I love EDM in many forms, but even in this synthy genre, I gravitate to more natural-sounding production, like that of my fave Canadian duo, Tennyson.
Last September, they released a new six-track EP called "Uh Oh!," which I love, but I'm mentioning them in this context because earlier last year, they also released a three-song EP collaboration with Mr. Carmack titled "Tuesday Wednesday Thursday." If you know Mr. Carmack, you know that the bass in these tracks is going to be huge.
And it is. Add that open and natural sound of Tennyson into the mix, and the resulting cocktail is incredible cotton candy for the ears. Fire it up!
There's a group of friends in Denver who go for a little more than natural sound in the bass department. They should, as the name of their project — Deep Club — indicates what matters most to their fans.
Deep house has been a rising genre in the electronic scene in recent years, and Denver's Deep Club is respected around the country as a label and party outfit that is giving the musical style serious exposure.
I say party outfit, because the heart and soul of the club revolves around amazing, dark and sweaty dance parties underground. Literally underground, by the way — massive subwoofers line one side of the basement with the revelers filling the space on the other.
But it's the group's vinyl releases that are catching national attention. The most recent pressed mix was published at the end of last year and features a set by club member Lone Dancer (known in the daytime as Miles).
It's awesome. The group uses Denver's Aardvark Record Mastering, and I must say the record sounds incredible. Check it and the three other releases Deep Club has to offer at www.deepclub.us.