Music Versus Noise

Source: Trouw, Netherlands, August 10

Of course critics are right to point out that a huge number of summer events involving masses of people and lots of noise have been organized. This year will see almost 300 in Amsterdam alone. Above all, the droning bass rhythms of the dance festivals are a source of irritation. But as long as the municipalities make sure the noise level goes down at the agreed time, people should be able to put up with it….

Real noise pollution must be fought, but citizens must also be flexible and not so quick to complain. Festivals need room for music culture to thrive. The Woodstock generation in particular should understand that.


5 responses to “Music Versus Noise

  1. I just spent this past weekend at a Very Loud music festival that I attend annually. It is a pleasure for all the reasons anyone likes music, but it is seeing the mix of generations, all listening to each other’s music (soul, jazz, funk, electronic, rap, rock) and the uninhibited expression of joy that one is surrounded with – dancing, clapping and singing along – that makes it special. Coming together for the love of music – it’s wonderful! But it is too loud – there is no reason why the volume has to be so high – one can hear it clearly more than a block away! It is common to see festival babies with protective headphones and adult ears with colourful spongy plugs sticking out (I am one of them). Loud music at festivals, concerts, movies, gyms and from personal devices is ruining our hearing health! 20-somethings with tinnitus are becoming more common – my own son being one of them. “Make sure you have protection” has two meanings in my house.

  2. Sorry – only the first “is” was supposed to have been italicized.

  3. I forgot to include the genres of folk, world, blues, ska, indie pop… Yep. All in one place. Try it! You’ll like it!

  4. The sole source of unbearably loud sounds of para-music I’m exposed to during my daily commutes to York U comes out of my own throat. With no other commuters in the car threatening to press charges for noise by-law violations I’m left nearly helpless to rely on self-regulation to keep the vocalizing ‘externality’ under volume-control.