Neil Young was in Park City, Utah, last week, where he was promoting the Slamdance release of the Jonathan Demme documentary, Neil Young Journeys. The singer has long been outspoken about the low fidelity of 21st century music formats—and it’s a cause he’s apparently still very vocal about.
“I’m finding that I have a little bit of trouble with the quality of the sound of music today,” he said. “I don’t like it. It just makes me angry. Not the quality of the music, but we’re in the 21st century and we have the worst sound that we’ve ever had. It’s worse than a 78 [rpm record]. Where are our geniuses? What happened?”
Young continued his rant, saying that consumers of music only hear “5 percent” of the data of an original recording in an MP3 file, and claiming that the warmth and the depth at the high end is gone. “It’s like Occupy Music — the 5 percent, that’s who we are now,” he said.
However, the singer did praise a couple of bands during his talk with MTV News, although anyone immune to the “charms” of Mumford & Sons may want to stop reading at this point. “Mumford and Sons and My Morning Jacket are great bands,” Young said. “I love them both and I know them well. I feel good about saying that.”