Archive for May, 2009
Today’s Music du Jour is “Limelight” by Rush (cool website too, btw). Todays stories in the NY Times: Bush & Clinton in Toronto facing off during hockey playoff season. And… LEDs, the future of lighting?
This is the 1st Music du Jour post so there’s a bit of pressure. I have a few things to choose from: 1) comment on Microsoft’s Bing?… nah. 2) Everyone’s talking about Sotomayor… good possibility 3) What about the Pentagon and Cyber-security?… might get scanned or something 4) Berlusconi’s escapades?… could be, and finally 5) Doing more for less in the hard times. Well, since it’s the weekend and still officially spring let’s not dwell on negatives and let’s go with sex! The Music du Jour is absolute FUNK by on of the funkiest groups ever — the Funkadelics and “Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On“. It asks, “People, whatchya doin’?” They respond, “Standin’ on the verge of gettin’ it on!”.
I got to thinking that music is a good way to represent ideas and feelings — <duh> — and since we have so much music that people often ask for recommendations I thought I would pick one song daily and share it with the world.
But what criteria should I use? Should I go with the first thing that pops up in the morning? Maybe, but what if there were a more significant thought process? What if it represented something that happened during the day, or the week? I quickly decided on the day’s news. So, as an experiment, I’ll try and choose a song every day that exemplifies one news story of the day and try and explain the choice.
I’ll keep it simple and call it “Music du Jour”. Enjoy.
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Listening to echoes puts people to sleep. When you decide to put on an event in a rectangular, high-ceiling hall please think carefully about the sound. There are a few things you can do to reduce this effect and sonic fatigue. I’ll try and give you a quick overview here on some of the tools you can explore with your sound crew.
1) EQ! Lots of the resonance comes from low, booming sounds that can be reduced with a bit of low frequency reduction. In general, you can roll off most frequencies below 117 Hz. Also, you can reduce mid frequencies (400-600 Hz). I could go a lot further but I’ll leave it open for discussion.
2) More speakers at shorter distances. Very rudimentary but it really depends on the room. You should probably think about having smaller speakers every 30Ft or so. Remember that a speaker is not stereo so no need to use stereo placement.
3) Compression: speakers generally have fluctuating dynamics during their talks. Why not experiment with some soft compression? Even out the “ups-and-downs”. Since this isn’t a critical recording situation, the main goal of the speaker is to be heard and understood; compression can help this.