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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000367.txt from 2001/05

From: (William Wright)
Subj: Re: [kl] ...more about sensitivity & decibels
Date: Sun, 13 May 2001 18:29:00 -0400

<><> Cass Hill wrote:
What I want to know is how come so many businesses think this is a good
idea? Did some bogus market research convince them lots of noise makes
environment "exciting" or something?

In one particular case, the answer to this question was quite
surprising to me. I was employed in a store with only one source of
background music, but the music was (imo) loud and repetitive. How
many times can you listen to Sheherazade before you puke?

So I complained to the boss. His response was, "I never thought
about it. I'll have to listen to the music and see (sic) what it's

In short --- and this gets back to the issue that began this thread
--- all of us have the physical ability to disconnect or damp or
intensify some of our perceptions. Have you ever had the experience
where a recording sounds different today than it did yesterday? What
changed? The recording or the state of your nervous system? Such
changes in perception are not always under conscious control, and they
don't always have survival value, but they do exist.

(Before you ask, the boss replaced the CD a few days with something
that was even worse and let it play all day.... be careful what you ask


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