Do you need high-end devices to judge music?
14.04.2018 – Does the audience even want serious music criticism anymore, or are social media ratings enough for them? Do you need high-end devices to assess the quality of music production? The »Quartet of Critics« discussed these and other questions at the Frankfurt Music Fair on April 14, 2018, this time – from left to right – with the music journalist Detlef Kinsler (as a guest, freelance music journalist for among others Journal Frankfurt) and the PdSK critics from the Rock, R&B, Soul and Hip-Hop juries Torsten Fuchs (music journalist for Jam FM and rap2soul.de, among others), Manfred Gillig-Degrave (music journalist, among others co-founder and long-time editor-in-chief/publisher of MusikWoche) and Fritz Werner Haver (music journalist for, among others, FAZ, Welt, and various music magazines). Using audio examples, they discussed how the dematerializations of the carrier media and formats – from vinyl to CD and download to streaming – have affected our listening habits. But what does all that even matter when it comes to the judging of the quality of music production? What are the differences in reviewing popular and serious music? And finally the question arises: Don’t advertising and promotion have long since made the traditional discussion of music productions – in other words: the review – in newspapers, magazines, or radio programs superfluous? The quartet of critics provided answers.