The Mother Of MP3s

Suzanne VegaSuzanne Vega’s song, Tom’s Diner, was the first song compressed using the MP3 algorithm according to a Business 2.0 article (old news to some probably: it’s dated 2000):

To create MP3, Brandenburg had to appreciate how the human ear perceives sound. A key assist in this effort came from folk singer Suzanne Vega. “I was ready to fine-tune my compression algorithm,” Brandenburg recalls. “Somewhere down the corridor a radio was playing [Vega’s song] ‘Tom’s Diner.’ I was electrified. I knew it would be nearly impossible to compress this warm a capella voice.”

I haven’t heard anything by her since Solitude Standing (1987) was released.

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