Apparently it is official, rock music is too loud. Now before you go and think I am turning into my Grandparents; according to British sources it is true. The Sun is reporting that music bosses overseas are artificially enhancing sound levels with computer wizardry because they think that the noisier a record is, the more it will sell. Music lovers are also complaining that it makes them physically nauseous. As a result, Britain's studio engineers have launched a campaign to make records range levels to avoid one loud blur.
That's not all though. Abbey Road Studio's Senior Mastering Engineer, Peter Mew, commented: "Record companies are competing in an arms race to make their album the loudest. The quieter parts are becoming louder and the loudest parts are just becoming a buzz. This could be the reason CD sales are in a slump." Geoff Emerick, the engineer on the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's added, "A lot of what is released today is basically a scrunched up mess. Whole layers of sound are missing. It's because record companies don't trust listeners to decide themselves if they want to turn the volume up."
Another old guy piped in too, with Bob Dylan saying, "Modern records are atrocious. There's no definition of anything, just static."
So who was given crap about being too loud? The latest works from Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Lily Allen are being slammed. I don't know about you, but when I am at a bar and "Smile" comes on the speakers, my ears start bleeding.