Re: Loud enough??

Subject: Re: Loud enough??
From: Jean-Marc Pelletier (
Date: Mon Mar 01 1999 - 20:13:50 EST

> From: Andrew Czink <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: Loud enough??
> Date: 1 mars, 1999 15:52
> I completely agree about the importance of preserving our hearing.
> I think, however, that we need to keep focussed on when and where the
> problems occur. I doubt that anyone is suffering permanent hearing loss
> playing their concerts loud. How many concerts do any of us do in a year?
> Besides, pieces at concerts usually have some dynamic range (I'm talking
> stuff not rock concerts), so even if "some composers" play their music
> (and it IS a thrill, by the way) I don't know of any who's music is
> constantly loud.

In the last three concerts I have attended I have seen people covering
their ears (I was one of them). In two of those three people did so for
extended periods of time (more than 5 minutes) and either later complained
about it or simply left. It was not a question of peak amplitude rather
than average levels being too hot.
As far as "thrill" is concerned, I don't think the people who left found
their experience very thrilling. I don't see how pain and severe distortion
(both in the ear and from the speakers) translates into a thrilling
In a documentary, I heard a drug addict say that the worst thing about hard
drugs is that the big "thrill" they bring makes you unable to appreciate
the small things in life. The same can be said about loud sounds. When you
grow accustomed to the thrill of loud music, a string quartet just doesn't
cut it anymore. And yet most of the beautiful sounds in life are not 90 to
110 dB.
It's anyone's right to enjoy loud music, I just think it's unfair for
people who don't to suffer because of that.

***Jean-Marc Pelletier***

"Il est plus facile de penser que l'on ne pense pas
que de ne pas penser que l'on pense." - Le Chat

> I think probably the most evil situation for suffering hearing loss
> is during the working process. I've heard people monitoring above 100 dB
> just while they're cutting and pasting and EQing etc. That's nuts! It's
> very easy to be doing that kind of work for extended periods and that's
> where a good deal of hearing loss occurs. It's as bad as working on a
> factory floor without hearing protection or going to clubs several times
> week. Doing a concert once every few months or even once a month isn't
> probably the biggest culprit here.
> I get a rush from loud music and a big sound too; just don't do it
> to me for extended periods and nobody should get hurt. Turn it down when
> you're working and you should be able to crank it up (within reason) once
> in a while without a problem. Has worked for me by the way. I've recently
> had my hearing checked (paranoid eh?) to 16 kHz and things are
> Fairly flat across the board. Now, I haven't worked on factory floors
> without protection and I don't go clubbing regularly (never without ear
> plugs! yikes) and haven't lived on a noisy street etc.
> Education's definitely the key. I have students who have no idea at
> all about what goes on and what damage is possible.
> Cheers,
> Andrew
> Andrew Czink
> earsay productions
> #308-720 Sixth St.
> New Westminster BC
> V3L 3C5

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