In a message dated 1/5/10 9:03:13 PM, [log in to unmask] writes:
> The idea of the 10-cent (or 25-cent or 1-dollar) earplug dispenser at
> live venues should be adopted
I once complained about extreme volume to the sound crew at a major venue
rock show (my then wife dragged me to see Alicia Keyes and the fembot known
as Beyonce). He said, "we have no control, the artists demand the extreme
volume" (also implying that artistic control was part of the venue contract
so it was out of their hands). He then referred me to an
usher/monitor/security employee handing out soft earplugs. It's really quite sad.
> I have sat close-in enough for orchestras where peak loudness is painful.
> So potential hearing
> damage lurks at many live music events.
Even after many years of hearing very loud rock in the 1960s and '70s one
of the loudest musical instants I ever encountered was sitting in the third
row of a symphony performance when a whacking great crescendo in the Berlioz
Symphony Fantastique rocked my world!
Unrelated: Drag Racing motor sport events can top even the most abusive
rock concert PA assaults! . . . but not by much!
By all logic my hearing should not be as good as it is today,