The Record Producer
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Chapter 3
Production Theory
Emotional responses are the reason people make music.

Our ears deteriorate over the course of our lives. Pretend that the
day we are born, we are each capable of hearing a perfect
frequency spectrum. 16 to 20,000 hertz at resolution: infinity.

“Hertz” means: cycles per second. In terms of audio this is the
number of vibrations or compression waves. 16 to 20,000 hertz is
the range of human hearing. Dogs can hear much higher
frequencies.

Pretend that on the second day of our lives we measure our
eardrum and cochlea’s receptiveness to each frequency. Then we
set an integer of 1,000,000,000 to that measurement. As we
continue through life, every decibel we hear of each frequency
diminishes our ear’s receptiveness to that frequency by a factor of
1. If the strength of our emotional responses to music evolved
congruently with our ear’s receptiveness; those responses would be
perpetually diminishing.

Perpetually Diminishing Emotional Responses…

Obviously this hypothesis needs work, but it could explain why we
are so strongly affected by music in our youth, yet our elders seem
less emotionally involved. I am sure we all can agree that the more
our musical tastes mature, the more profoundly unique music must
be to effect us emotionally.