Subject: Re: Hearing Loss sites etc
From: James Phelps (email@example.com)
Date: Thu May 19 2005 - 16:40:39 EDT
I am definitely going to look into some variety of additional safeguard along these lines next year in my own program here.
Rick <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I always thought that a SPL patch should be required for all
laptop/improv/real-time performances. One microphone in front of the
speakers or inline to cut the sound down before it damages the
On 5/19/05, James Phelps wrote:
> Personally, I have noticed that, more and more, I find myself sitting in
> concerts with both hands (index fingers, actually) within close "striking
> distance" to my ears. Further, I have observed that I am more likely to
> exhibit such nerves when I know the piece significantly involves real-time
> sound production such as with MSP (perhaps a more fertile soil for
> unpredicted problems?).
> In my classes at NIU we discuss the fact that, to some extent, some health
> factors of our audience are in our hands and that HAS to be taken dead
> seriously. We also discuss the not-necessarily-synonymous "aesthetic
> intensity" and volume.
> Still ... there's little protection from bad music, bad composers and bad
> -Jim Phelps
> Northern Illinois University
> Elainie Lillios
> Hi Greg and community:
> I agree 100% with these comments and find myself increasingly
> disgruntled (to the point of annoyance) when attending electroacoustic
> concerts and festivals. It seems to me that we, of all people, should
> be sensitive to the levels of our pieces during live performance! -- I
> have gotten to the point that rather than sit in the "sweet spot", I
> sit in the back and plug my ears (OVER my musician earplugs), and
> frequently skip concerts due to aural saturation.
> I, too, would love to see a general movement among the community to
> "turn it down", realizing that in the context of a concert, festival,
> or conference, one will experience numerous pieces, and that everyone
> should have the luxury of their piece being heard by ears that are not
> fatigued and sore from being bombarded by pieces being played too
> Elainie Lillios
> Assistant Professor of Composition
> Coordinator of Music Technology
> College of Musical Arts
> Bowling Green State University
> Bowling Green, Ohio 43403 USA
> Phone: 419.372.9482
> On May 19, 2005, at 2:31 PM, Greg Eustace wrote:
> > There are electroacoustic concerts taking placing in Montreal (and all
> > over,
> > I'm sure) that are utterly negligent in terms of the risks to the
> > audience's
> > hearing. I know I can't go to shows anymore - because in my experience
> > there's
> > a much better chance that I'm going to be exposed to such negligence
> > when
> > amplifiers are involved. Even musician's ear plugs are not enough -
> > when being
> > exposed to 100-120 db for 3 hours. Frankly, it feels like my refusal to
> > endanger my hearing is going to make having a career in music all the !
> > more
> > difficult.
> > Forgive my ignorance, but what is the electroacoustic community doing
> > to react
> > against this? What do the acoustic ecologists say? Are there venues
> > that cater
> > to the safety conscious? What does Canadian law say about noise levels
> > in
> > concert situations? What can the young electroacoustians (like me) do
> > to
> > support the cause?
> > I'm a little disheartened by it all and I would appreciate your
> > thoughts.
> > Quoting Kevin Austin :
> >> A general introduction to (mostly noise induced) hearing loss:
> >> http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/noise/
> >>> The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
> >>> has released a useful software package for demonstrating the
> >>>! ; effects of noise-induced hearing loss. The NIOSH Hearing Loss
> >>> Simulator runs on a Windows-based PC with sound capabilities, and
> >>> allows the user to select different durations and levels of noise
> >>> exposure while "hearing" the effects on a variety of foreground and
> >>> background sounds.
> >> http://holmessafety.org/hlsim/
> >> Best
> >> Kevin
> > --
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