In old recordings or highly compressed audio files (lossy), the higher frequencies are lost, and we hear a distinctive muffling effect. (Just like if the song was played through a wall)
Is it possible to compute the missing harmonics using any method (fourier, bilinear, etc.) and add those back to the sound/song? What is currently feasible?
*It is true that those frequencies are lost, and I am not proposing to boost the higher frequencies (as it would raise the noise floor), but I thought there would be some way to approximate the missing frequencies, since we know what all the instruments should sound like (we know their corresponding harmonics)...*
I'm well aware of the fact "garbage in, garbage out", but even so, our brain itself have very advanced processing techniques. (3D visualization using only 2D sources in vision and audition) Wound't it be possible to fool the brain in "hearing" a better quality sound, and give old recordings back their original sharpness?
Edit: To be more clear, I'm proposing to make audio "sound" better, not to recover lost information.