It’s a question that’s obsessed musicians, audio producers, engineers and fans since recorded music first began: what exactly is the perfect sonic experience, what is the perfect sound?
It’s a question that obsessed journalist Geoff Edgers so much that he went on a year-long search for it, aiming to answer this question by traveling all over the country to capture the way music and quality of sound have evolved.
In his quest, Edgers spoke with more than fifty people — including music legends Neil Young and rapper Chuck D, musician and filmmaker Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, and Talking Heads founder David Byrne, as well as global audiophiles and many more.
Edgers is the Washington Post’s national arts reporter. He spoke with CultureShift about this immersive saga he undertook, called “The Search for the Perfect Sound.”