Monday, September 20, 2010

Boom Box: bringing down the fest volume

Posted By on Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 6:54 PM

Imagine my surprise when I sat in my living room a quarter mile from the heart of downtown this past Saturday night and could distinctly hear every note and every word of the fest (whichever one of the many this one was) music. The music was so clear it was if the performance stage was set up just down the street and the volume level equal to that of the garage band that occasionally practices across the street.

It's not that I'm against amplified music but give me a break when it comes to making it way too loud. The fest sound guys amped it up so loud that it must have been ear-shattering downtown if it was that loud at my house

Then perhaps I'm overly sensitive. I thought so until I talked with a woman who lives in the Old Mill area and she reported being able to hear everything clearly including enough bass thump-thump that seemed to shake her small house.

Undoubtedly she and I are in the minority on the volume issue and just not smart enough to know that loud equals good, louder equals better, and really loud equals the best possible music.

A musician I mentioned my volume concern to just laughed. "The fest sound guys over-amp all the music. You could have a string quartet playing Mozart and they'd have them cranked up as if they were a head-banger metal group," he said.

Perhaps the fest folks might reconsider who does their sound, or have a talk with the current play-it-loud-and-proud audio engineers have ask them to tone it down just a bit.

Won't happen, but it's a thought.


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