Turning it down

Subject: Turning it down
From: Kevin Austin (kevin.austin@videotron.ca)
Date: Sat Oct 01 2005 - 23:47:00 EDT

At 22:38 -0600 2005/09/30, sylvi macCormac wrote:
>... i heard we must ne'er e'er tell another musician / composer
>to turn their gain down ... is that true ?

Some anecdotes:

When Paul Dolden (then almost unknown) visited Concordia in the very
early-80s Jean-Francois and I insisted he play below the threshold of
deafness. (This was not a new piece of his, it was a condition of the
performance.) He 'complied' and the highest level was about 70 dB!

At the CEC conference in Banff in the late-80s (again) Paul Dolden
was playing a new piece in a small space. Almost everyone sat with
fingers in their ears. Paul said that since he was listening
'off-axis', it didn't sound so loud to him.

Seating was on long bleachers and the audience filled the seats by
entering from the ends. There was a young mother with a daughter in
the middle of the seats. When the sounds got towards permanent damage
levels, she put her fingers in her daughter's ears, leaving her own
exposed. (What would you have done??)

In 1994 or 95, some of us were at the SEAMUS Conference in Ithaca and
a well-known Buffalo computer-music guy was playing his piece so loud
that ears, eyes and noses were bleeding. At a sudden drop of level,
down to a pianissimo of about 80dB, Mark Corwin stood up and shouted
"Turn it down! It's way too loud."

There have been concerts in Montreal (commented on here before) where
ear-plugs were given out. <duh!>

It's about responsibility, and being adult enough to take it on. Even
Calvin grew up.



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