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Once more: Time for a new lossless codec comparision?, More comprehensive, more detail
ktf
post Apr 27 2012, 13:30
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Hi all,

The recent activity on the FLAC-dev mailing list (it's alive again!) has reminded me of something I announced some time ago here but didn't really finish: make a new comparison of lossless codec performance, because most tests are pretty outdated or not very comprehensive. While there isn't much development at the moment (which I pity) especially TAK has developed and I hope FLAC maintenance development will soon turn to improvement. wink.gif As I still have all code of last time I made a comparison (I got it cleaned up and running in about 2 hours) the hardest thing to get right is the selection of music. That's why I set up this thread.

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I will make several comparisons, as last time it became clear that codecs perform very different when given different material. This asks for several tests for different genres. Moreover, the overall test has to be balanced too. While my taste in music is quite diverse, I hope you can help me cover the voids. I've set up some categories, Heavy (mostly metal), Rock, Electronic, Pop, Jazz, World Music, Orchestral, (Classical) Chamber music, Single-instrument/voice and pre-mix material. The starred items will be included in the main test, I'll try to take 5 out of every 'main' genre. Every item (that is, every album) is equally weighted in the final comparison.

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So, first of all, which 'main' genres are missing and which categories would you like to be included in the test? If you suggest a genre of category, please recommend me some CD's to buy which more or less 'span' the whole genre. Second, do you think these lists 'span' the whole genre depicted? Please keep in mind it is of course impossible to include every sub-genre, max 5 per genre would be nice.

Heavy
*Mercenary - 11 Dreams
*Dream Theater - Octavarium
Nightwish - Oceanborn
Linkin Park - Meteora
*System of a Down - Mezmerize
*Apocalyptica - Inquisition Symphony
*Metallica - Death Magnetic
Slipknot - All Hope is Gone
Blind Guardian - A Twist in the Myth

Rock (a.k.a less heavy)
*Paramore - Brand new Eyes
*Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium
*Foo Fighters - Wasting Light
*Nickelback - Black Horse (Onder heavy?)
*Guns and Roses - Chinese Democracy
30 seconds to Mars - This is War
Muse - H.A.A.R.P. (live from Wembley)

Electronic
*Daft Punk - TRON Legacy R3CONF1GUR3D
*Daft Punk - Discovery (which is quite a different subgenre compared to previous entry)
*Tisto - In Search of Sunrise 7: Asia
*The Prodigy - Invaders must Die (?)
*NIN - The Slip (Is dat Electronic?)

Pop
*5CD's of various popsongs
*Duffy - Endlessly
*Coldplay - Viva la vida or death and all his friends
*Katie Melua - The Katie Melua Collection
*Avril Lavigne - Let Go
BLF - Umoja

Jazz, Soul
*The Rosenberg Trio - Djangologists (sample: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOC-xZOWFnc)
*John Coltrane - Kind of Coltrane (Live at the half note '63, Vol 1 + 2)
*Joss Stone - Mind, Body and Soul
(I need some more here)

World music/Folk (very hard to define indeed cool.gif )
*Various - World Music Instruments, Single Reed Instruments (Clarinet)
*Fanfare Ciocarlia - Baro Biao (gypsy brass band)
(please suggest additions)

Orchestral
*Verdi Requiem
*Carneval des Animeaux
Le Sacre du printemps / Petrouchka
*Bach, Magnificat + Mahler, Symfonie nr. 1
Holst - The Planets
*The Lord of the Rings - Two Towers (complete recordings)

Chamber Music
*2 CD's worth of chamber music
*Some unaccompanied chamber choir recording

Single instrument
*EBU Sound Quality Assessment Material (SQAM) CD
Some of my chamber music recordings (hints for myself: kamermuziekexamen + KaMu-blend)
Excerpts from Yann Tiersens Good Bye Lenin and Amelie Poulain
*Ehren Starks - Lines Build Walls

Not categorized (only to balance the overall test)
*BLF - April (to add some slow, balad-like music)
*Halo: Reach soundtrack

*Some pre-mix, 24-bit material (chamber-music, orchestral music, jazz)

Finally, please don't get upset about the choices I made making this list, just tell what you think is wrong. My musical taste is mainly in classical, rock and metal, so I tried to do the others as well as I could. Music and it's divions into genres is subject of much debate, but that's not the point of this list.

Thanks in advance!


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Canar
post May 10 2012, 22:00
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The Electronic section is really not representative of some of the more esoteric (and arguably codec-challenging) material. Here are a few better alternatives, from various labels.

Aphex Twin - DrukQs or Squarepusher - Ultravisitor (Warp Records...)
Amon Tobin - Supermodified (Ninja Tune)
kid606 - Kill Sound Before Sound Kills You (Ipecac(!!))
SOUNDSHOCK: FM FUNK MADDNESS!! (Ubiktune: http://ubiktune.org/releases/ubi020-variou...m-funk-maddness )

The first three albums cover almost every single "quasi-genre" moozooh lists. Each individual album covers most of the quasi-genres. I support Nine Inch Nails on a similar basis. Prodigy overlaps too much stylistically with NIN, with NIN providing better stylistic coverage. Kill the double Daft Punk listing. Shillex belongs in Pop. I want Shillex to GTFO my Hydrogenaudio and will aggressively resist adding him to any list of representative artists. There are so many better electro-house/dubstep acts, and most of them are legit and have been building the scene for years/decades, unlike Skrillex's bandwagon jump from screamo.

I list SOUNDSHOCK additionally because it's so utterly unlike pretty much any other style listed. Compositionally-focused jazz-funk rendered entirely with FM instrumentation? It's like Zappa's Jazz From Hell, only actually enjoyable. It has the added bonus of being completely free.

If we're aiming to cover dubstep and give publicity to someone, please focus on someone good, and not another one of the bandwagon-jumpers. Nero's too new. Starkey (one of my faves, but a bit newish)! El-B! Slaughter Mob! Kode9! Plastician! There are plenty of awesome acts that are producing incredibly diverse music that have been there for more than a couple years. Here are a few recommendations from across the spectrum of time:

Kode9 and the Spaceape - Black Sun (Hyperdub, 2011)
Grime compilation (Rephlex, 2004)
Starkey - NC-17 (Dead Homies, 2007)

I'm leaving out many of the early underground labels in favour of stuff I think might be more interesting to an encoder.

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post May 10 2012, 22:35
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QUOTE (Canar @ May 10 2012, 22:00) *
SOUNDSHOCK: FM FUNK MADDNESS!! (Ubiktune: http://ubiktune.org/releases/ubi020-variou...m-funk-maddness )
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I list SOUNDSHOCK additionally because it's so utterly unlike pretty much any other style listed. Compositionally-focused jazz-funk rendered entirely with FM instrumentation? It's like Zappa's Jazz From Hell, only actually enjoyable. It has the added bonus of being completely free.

I was intrigued, and apparently this is relevant to my interests! So thanks.
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- ktf   Once more: Time for a new lossless codec comparision?   Apr 27 2012, 13:30
- - Haubi   Great idea! It's really time to make a new...   Apr 29 2012, 15:56
|- - ktf   QUOTE (Haubi @ Apr 29 2012, 16:56) I thin...   Apr 29 2012, 18:34
- - Porcus   Noise? Like Merzbow? Hardly much compressible ... ...   Apr 29 2012, 20:16
|- - saratoga   QUOTE (Porcus @ Apr 29 2012, 15:16) (Myse...   Apr 29 2012, 22:07
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (saratoga @ Apr 29 2012, 23:07) Or ...   Apr 30 2012, 21:47
- - kornchild2002   In terms of electronic music, I would look at thro...   Apr 29 2012, 21:50
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (kornchild2002 @ Apr 29 2012, 22:50...   Apr 30 2012, 21:35
- - IgorC   ktf, it might worth to look for the most used lo...   Apr 30 2012, 23:02
- - GeSomeone   Apocalyptica is orchestral, isn't it? If you w...   May 1 2012, 16:47
- - icstm   sorry to sound silly, but what are we hoping to fi...   May 1 2012, 17:28
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (icstm @ May 1 2012, 18:28) sorry t...   May 1 2012, 18:43
- - derty2   IMHO, no test should be without the king of instru...   May 1 2012, 17:36
- - kwanbis   To make it more representative, I would add some s...   May 1 2012, 18:31
- - ktf   QUOTE (Porcus @ Apr 29 2012, 21:16) Noise...   May 1 2012, 18:43
- - ktf   I'll continue QUOTE (GeSomeone @ May 1 ...   May 1 2012, 18:50
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (ktf @ May 1 2012, 19:50) Speed no ...   May 1 2012, 19:02
||- - ktf   QUOTE (Porcus @ May 1 2012, 20:02) Regres...   May 1 2012, 20:35
||- - db1989   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linear_regression QU...   May 1 2012, 21:09
||- - ktf   QUOTE (db1989 @ May 1 2012, 22:09) http:/...   May 1 2012, 22:06
||- - Porcus   QUOTE (ktf @ May 1 2012, 23:06) regressio...   May 2 2012, 00:13
|- - kwanbis   QUOTE (ktf @ May 1 2012, 17:50) Can you s...   May 2 2012, 04:35
- - TBeck   For quite some time i wanted to write kind of a ma...   May 2 2012, 22:13
- - saratoga   Is there some collection of losslessly encoded, pu...   May 3 2012, 00:04
- - TBeck   My primary test set consists of all the files whic...   May 7 2012, 20:20
- - smok3   + speech please.   May 7 2012, 21:22
- - moozooh   I think separating music by very arbitrary and vag...   May 7 2012, 22:13
- - ktf   QUOTE (moozooh @ May 7 2012, 23:13) I thi...   May 10 2012, 21:04
|- - moozooh   QUOTE (ktf @ May 11 2012, 00:04) Depends ...   May 11 2012, 00:09
|- - moozooh   QUOTE (ktf @ May 11 2012, 00:04) why woul...   May 11 2012, 09:26
|- - moozooh   QUOTE (moozooh @ May 11 2012, 12:26) This...   May 11 2012, 23:18
|- - Porcus   As much as moozooh's results make me curious, ...   May 11 2012, 23:51
- - BoraBora   I think you shoud include some mono music. People ...   May 10 2012, 21:47
- - Canar   The Electronic section is really not representativ...   May 10 2012, 22:00
|- - db1989   QUOTE (Canar @ May 10 2012, 22:00) SOUNDS...   May 10 2012, 22:35
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (Canar @ May 10 2012, 23:00) SOUNDS...   May 11 2012, 08:12
|- - Porcus   QUOTE (Canar @ May 10 2012, 23:00) SOUNDS...   May 11 2012, 20:52
- - smok3   QUOTE I don't have much. I guess there aren...   May 10 2012, 22:16
- - Haubi   Here comes a suggestion for our comparison: http:...   Aug 19 2012, 14:25
- - ktf   Hi guys, It has been some time, but I decided to ...   Dec 21 2012, 22:56


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