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Re: NHK Docuementary
I'm not sure what constitutes being a singer, but given that I've taken vocal lessons and have sung on stage I'd say I'm not exactly unfamiliar with this subject either. I still hear mistakes in her vocal performances for every video shown in the documentary- she's still flat on all the same notes as in the recordings I have, it's just that it's easier to hear her enunciation and her voice seems a lot stronger because the audio is actually picking up the majority of her singing, whereas the Dec. 8 and (unofficial) Dec. 9th recordings both are very low quality (particularly the latter, which makes it that much harder to judge considering that seems to be where the video footage comes from) and therefore drop a lot of her vocals. "Prisoner of Love" in particular is one I was paying a lot of attention to because I felt it was the weakest song in her entire set and I expected that if one song was going to be remastered, it would be that one: yet I didn't hear any alterations to her voice. All I heard was the HQ audio capturing certain lost notes that, in the low-quality recordings, sound as though they had been dropped by her. "First Love" is also exactly as I have it in the low-quality recording, note for note; listen to how she slides slightly off-key (and back on-key) at "Itsuka darekato mata koi ni ochitemo" and tell me they wouldn't fix that on what might as well be her name-sake. Again, I'm willing to admit I'm wrong if it comes out that these recordings were actually fixed up, but as far as I can tell the only difference between the recordings is that her pitch and voice seem a lot more stable because of the difference in audio quality. In reality, the higher quality audio is probably a lot closer to how she actually sounded in concert.
I'll have to compare the NB recordings again, but I didn't her anything particularly off even in the initial recordings so I'm not sure what you're talking about. Also, I hope I don't come off as confrontational. I'm merely sharing my opinion; I understand that yours are just as valid and I want to say that I respect them fully. :]
Posted on: 2011/1/17 14:13
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