January 18, 2009

My ears hurt…

Filed under: General,Rant — steve @ 10:55 pm

After watching the 2003 Montreux Jazz Festival excerpts of Jethro Tull and Yes my ears dfinitiely feel as if they have been put through the ringer. Curiously the volume was not loud at all – Jethro Tull sounded fine in fact and fairly enjoyable apart from Ian Anderson overtly stereotyping himself. The problem was Yes – the mix was terrible! The only way I can describe it is like they took the centre chanel out of the mix, yet this was stereo; sort of like the equivalent of looking at the sun for too long and only have peripheral vision left, except of course in this case it is your hearing. My ears hurt from straining to hear the sound – I turned up the volume which helped a little however my ears are still aching now after the program finished – hearing some a well mixed program on classical music hopefully will return things to normal… it feels like my ear drums have been sucked out due to the lack of sound pressure in the centre…

So, one of the two sound engineers listed on the 2003 Montreux Jazz Festival screening, David Richards or Olivier Aldo Pedron, needs to have their hearing checked so that they don’t subject anyone to that pain again – and so that they don’t perform a great injustice to such wonderful artists as Yes.

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