Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Become a foot soldier in the "Loudness Wars" reported by WCRX-LP Human Rights Activist.

In the music industry, the fights used to be only about money and getting air-time for singles. Now the battles are about defeating subtle and delicate sounds. The fight is to be "louder" than anyone else. There are still skirmishes about money and air-time but now loudness is the victory laurel.

Wikipedia labels these battles about sound levels as the "Loudness Wars." You can read more about it at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudness_war - or see an example at YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gmex_4hreQ .

Sound techies call the phenomenon "packing the range" and "dynamic range distortion."

Some audiophiles dislike the practice. Others are value neutral and hear loudness as just another aspect of sound that is being explored by musicians, technicians and producers.

Those who dislike the practice, have organized a protest for Saturday March 20 and labeled it "Dynamic Range Day."

"Dynamic Range Day?" Overlook the awkwardness of the name that the organizers have chosen for their event. An event name should quickly explain the purpose of the event. "Dynamic Range Day" doesn't explain anything about the event. The name makes me wonder "where the deer and the antelope play."

Organizers describe the protest as "our chance to fight back and raise awareness." They also propose the protest as "a day of action to raise awareness against the so-called Loudness Wars." You can "speak out and tell people you want great-sounding music."

Has "Progressivism" really come to this?

Why is the WCRX-LP Human Rights Activist interested in this protest? Solidarity with other Progressives is the only reason. When the Activist reflects on the banners he/she has carried over the years, it depresses him/her that now he/she is protesting the loudness levels of music CDs.

Peace Now. Justice Now. Choice Now. Vote Now. Freedom Now. Dynamic Range Now.

The WCRX-LP Human Rights Activist.

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