Have you ever noticed how different live music sounds compared to the album version?
Most people assume that recorded version of music sounds ‘better’ due to the ability of editing. However I ma someone who firmly believes that live music will always be better than recorded, and one of this week’s assignments gave me the chance to prove it!
One of this week’s 3 1/2 star mashup assignments tasked me with finding a live version of a song by the original artist and then mixing it together with the recorded version of the same song in attempts to highlight the sections that sound the most different in the live version.
The song that I decided to use to complete this assignment was actually a song I used for another assignment that tasked me to create a graphic based on powerful song lyrics. “Praying” by Kesha is one of the most soulful songs I have ever heard in my entire life and Kesha is an amazing singer. The lyrics of this song are so powerful and emotional that I felt it would be the perfect song to switch back and fourth between the live and recorded version to see how the emotion hat the song carries changes based on whether or not it was recorded or sung live… and to also prove to everyone how live music is always better than recorded.
The first step to completing this assignment was to download the live and recorded version of the song from YouTube to an mp3 file. Once the two songs were downloaded, I then imported them to Audacity where I was able to trim and combine the audio to flow into one song. Its been a couple of weeks since I have used audacity so this assignment was a great refresher for me!
Once I was content with all the switches, I exported the audio file and embedded it below!
The live version of the song in my ‘switch’ is from Kesha’s performance at the Grammy’s. this performance gained a lot of attention as Kesha invited powerhouse female singers to stand on stage and sing the song with her. ‘Praying’ is all about Kesha’s experiences with sexual assault and abuse, and the fact that she invited a group of females up on stage to sing with her I think was beautiful and really helped carry the emotion in this song.
I think that the main noticeable difference is the raw emotion that comes across in the live and recorded version. Listening to the two versions, I think its pretty clear that Kesha sounds ‘better’ in the recorded version because of all the editing. However, I think that the raw emotion is so much stronger in the live version, which brings me back to proving to you all why live music is better than recorded music. Live music may not necessarily sound better, but the ability to listen and experience live versions of music carries such a different and in my opinion evokes a much stronger emotional response to the song you are hearing. I think that is evident in the switches between the live and recorded version of this song.
Music, like most people, is a love of mine. I am always looking for songs that make me feel things and have the most amazing lyrics possible. Whether you listen to it live or the recorded version, there is no denying the powerful impact a song like ‘Praying” has on the audience. And while I still assert that live music is always better than the recorded version, I enjoyed the chance this assignment gave me to experiment with my love of music and mashup two versions of the same song to see how music can change based on how one hears it.