1. My realistic recording is Descarga A, a notable jam session led by famous Cuban bassist, Israel López Valdés, better known as Cachao. I chose this because it is a jam session, and, to put it plainly, music cannot get more “real” than this. Cachao actually gathered a group of professional musicians, put them in a recording studio, and had them improv over a simple chord progression. There is nothing added or embellished. All that is present are the musicians and their instruments. Here is a link to this jam session known all over the world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6H4Ce5y207M.
2. My hyperrealistic recording is I Bet My Life, by Imagine Dragons. I chose this because while it definitely has the potential to be performed live, it has a lot of enhancements, such as sound effects and voice layering that could likely not be added in a live performance. If you listen to especially the chorus, it is obvious that there have been additional harmonies layered on top of the singer’s voice that would not be feasible in a live performance. Not only is it too high for a person to sing naturally, but it also has a specific timbre that suggests that it was added in the studio. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ht80uzIhNs.
3. My surrealistic recording is Stinky Gutter, by a dubstep artist known as Mr SnoWman. I chose this for my surrealistic recording, because like other dubstep songs, this cannot be recreated live at all. It has been completely created on a computer; no live instruments or vocals were used at any point. Yes, I am aware that other dubstep artists, such as Skrillex, do actually perform concerts, but even their concerts still do not consist of live instruments performing. As far as I am aware, their concerts do not differ much from their creation process, aside from having an audience when in a concert setting. Therefore, because there is no way to recreate this piece with live performers, it is undoubtedly a surreal recording. If, somehow, this piece were to be performed live, I feel like the timbre would be so radically different that I would not like the song as much. The extreme bass sounds, for example, would be extremely difficult to replicate on live instruments, so the live instruments would likely not sound very good at all trying to play it in the written octave. Otherwise, they would have to displace it by at least an octave, which would already alter the end product and the overall sound. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaLyW7V6Q9w.