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    Re: Liquid? as an adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by Alpinist View Post
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    I think this is a meaningful discussion. Would “organic” be interchangeable for “liquid” or do you feel it has another meaning? For the record, I’ve never taken organic or liquid to mean lacking texture. To me they also mean an ease or natural flow to the music.

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    Re: Liquid? as an adjective

    I've always thought of liquid (as the word implies) as a "wet" sound where everything flows and feels connected, as opposed to a dry sound where there's too much space between and too much emphasis to individual notes giving an analytical sound. Decay contributes to this. I think a somewhat full, fleshed out sound is part of it as well.
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    Re: Liquid? as an adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by jbtrio View Post
    To me liquid means grain free with a smooth and natural sound.
    I would define organic as grain free with a smooth and natural sound and liquid as a the natural effortless flow of music. I wouldn't have understood the last part until I heard it.

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    Re: Liquid? as an adjective

    Here's my take on a the two audio related words used as adjectives.

    Liquid: A sound that is as natural and true to the original source as the sound of water flowing over rocks in a stream. There is a three dimensional aspect to the complete combination of sounds that is captivating, mesmerizing, unpredictable, and soothing all at the same time. It touches your soul. Liquid is the essence of a sigh, a release of tension, a submission to the performance that goes beyond simply hearing sound. Liquid is immersion of one's consciousness into the event.

    Organic: A sound or combination of sounds that accurately recreate multi-frequency tones of instruments that vibrate their bodies in harmony with their strings, instruments such as double bass, acoustic guitar, violin, piano, and many other instruments offering multi-frequency tone combinations with each note. When reproduced sound approaches the reality of these instrument I sense its texture and depth to be organic, a living thing. Human voices also have these multi-frequency tone combinations that emanate from the vocal chords, breath, chest resonance, and vibrato. Again, when it is delivered by a sound system such that it becomes wholly realistic and believable it strikes me as organic, in other words, true to life timbre, dynamics, resonance, and sustain.
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    Re: Liquid? as an adjective

    Liquid is neither a gaseous nor solid type sound

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    Re: Liquid? as an adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by jbtrio View Post
    To me liquid means grain free with a smooth and natural sound.
    Simple and good definition !

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    Re: Liquid? as an adjective

    I think the term ‘liquid’ has as much to do with the music as it does the gear playing it. Using Joe’s synonyms in the prior post, liquid music is grain free, smooth, and natural. There’s a lot of music out there that cannot be liquified not matter what system it’s playing on.
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    Re: Liquid? as an adjective

    Quote Originally Posted by AJ Soundfield View Post
    Liquid is neither a gaseous nor solid type sound
    I disagree, we all have had a wet fart at one point in our lives or you just have not lived long enough.

    Sorry, I could not resist.


    Liquid to me is smooth, flowing, easy going sound. Based upon the responses here, I think that we are all on the same page.
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    Re: Liquid? as an adjective

    To me liquid means unnatural sounding and slow. Not as slow as syrupy.
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    Re: Liquid? as an adjective

    Lots of definitions of liquid and organic, both words to me are positive traits in describing the music that plays on a system...so what does everyone describe as the opposite?


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