Feb 24, 2010
Dynamic Range Day
is March 20th, 2010 That’s TODAY !
Actually, that was two years ago.
But there’s going to be a third Dynamic Range Day in 2012, on March 16th and this year I want it to be even better.
DRD now has it’s own website – for all the latest information, click here.
If you’d like to get involved, please “Like” the Facebook page for regular updates.
Thanks, and see you soon !
Now just for the record, here’s the original text of this post, dead links and all, edited on the day…
Join us in a day of protest against the CD “Loudness Wars” – more info below
- Use the Twitter hashtag #DYNAMICRANGEDAY on March 20th to try and get this issue “trending” on everyone’s Twitter page
- It’s easy to take part – just SHOUT (type in all caps) ALL DAY, EVERYWHERE !
- And when people ask, tell them why you’re shouting
Read the full story here: Dynamic Range Day – The Idea
What are the Loudness Wars ?
Watch this video:
- 20/04/10 NEW Join us at 9pm GMT on Twitter to try and get this issue trending !
- 20/04/10 NEW Read my Dynamic Range Day post here
- 20/04/10 Dynamic Range Day gets off to a fantastic start, with a huge evening of activity on Twitter
- 19/03/10 Dynamic Range Day is global, and has just started in some time-zones !
- 18/03/10 Over 2000 guests confirmed to the Facebook event already – still climbing
- 18/03/10 Pleasurize Music Foundation support Dynamic Range Day
- 25/02/10 Dynamic Range Day Banners available for download
- 25/02/10 TurnMeUp.org adds a Dynamic Range Day banner to their front page
Check back soon for more updates
More Information about the “Loudness Wars”
Music is getting louder, and sounding worse.
Engineers and artists are using modern technology to push the average level of recorded music up and up and up against the “brick wall” maximum level of the CD format. This results in distortion, lack of punch and a flat, two-dimensional, lifeless sound.
If you’ve ever wondered why you feel tired and get a headache listening to recent CDs, but not discs released back in the early nineties, the Loudness Wars are probably to blame.
The most famous example in recent years is Metallica’s “Death Magnetic”, which made the headlines when over 20,000 fans signed a petition asking for the CD to be remixed or remastered. CDs have a maximum dynamic range of over 96dB (decibels).
Until recently, the loudest CDs had a dynamic range of 8dB or more, even at their very loudest points. Much of “Death Magnetic” has a dynamic range of only 2dB, and most people agree that it sounds terrible as result. Dynamic Rangeis a measure of how much contrast there is in music, how much light and shade, how exciting it sounds.
It’s a two-edged sword, though. Too much, and rock won’t rock, pop won’t pop, and you’ll have to keep adjusting the volume. Too little and you’ll get sick of listening to even your favourite music far quicker, and probably end up with a headache.
Sadly, by 2010 this trend has affected almost every genre of music. You can hear it for yourself by listening to the audio examples in the short interview I did for BBC Radio 4 soon after “Death Magnetic” was released – click the grey arrow in the box over there on the right !
Or, check out this YouTube video comparision of the released CD version of Death Magnetic, and the much lower-level version used on the Guitar Hero game soundtrack
What Can We Do ?
Join in on March 20th 2010 - Dynamic Range Day ! Taking part is simple
Just SHOUT ALL DAY !
(For non-nerds, typing in ALL CAPITALs is know on the internet as “shouting”)
Why SHOUT all day ? Because over-compressed, distorted, unnecessarily high-level Loudness-War-Casualty music sounds as if it’s shouting at you, all the time. IT’S LOUD AND IT STAYS LOUD AND IT’s ONLY LOUD AND VERY SOON IT WEARS YOU OUT. AND GETS BORING !
So if we SHOUT all day on March 20th – on Twitter, on Facebook, in our emails – everywhere – if we shout and explain why we’re doing it when people ask, by linking to this post, or TurnMeUp.org, or the Dynamic Range Foundation, then hopefully we’ll spread the message far and wide:
NO MORE LOUDNESS WAR
Lets get this issue everywhere.
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