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Thread #165842   Message #3983438
Posted By: GUEST,Some bloke
20-Mar-19 - 02:49 PM
Thread Name: The fine line between MUSIC and NOISE!
Subject: RE: The fine line between MUSIC and NOISE!
Oh dear... Misinterpreting The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. I wondered how long it would take.

Most people at a concert are not working, those on stage hear monitors set to their needs.

Most venues have systems insisted on by the council to knock power off the stage if it gets too loud. You see, itís the responsibility of licensing authorities, not Health and Safety Executive to look out for the audience.

Iím a sound engineer and like most of us work to the guidelines, including pink noise set up of the venue, dB (a) monitoring at the desk (as I am normally at the back of the room near the bar. Bar staff are of HSE interest, usually nobody else. The artistes have their sound set to their needs.

A lot of what I do is folk. Itís nice to work with your heroes. I try to imagine (from my vantage point) how loud this here bloke and a guitar would be if I were ten feet away listening to him acoustically. Set as required. Bands that bring drums need to be loud enough so it isnít all drums etc etc. Rarely, Iím concerned things are loud enough that it detracts from the art.

But not with rock & electric blues. The volume is part of the act and punters know that. The sliding scale of exposure to time still isnít breached on my watch.....

Mrs Some Bloke thinks Bellowhead are noise but her bloody operas are art and vice versa.

As I said above, many on here are confusing the thread aim with spouting off your personal taste.