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How Clubbing and Festivals Impact How You Hear Music

how-clubbing-and-festivals-impact-how-you-hear-musicAs our lives become more and more infused with technolodgy, the noise polution of our world have increased a significant amount especially in highly populated cities. We are constantly listening to something, either be our mobile head set, laptop speakers, heavy traffic, party of festival.

Accumulation of excessive noise will eventually catch up with your hearing and effect the way you perceive sound and change the way react with situations and others around you.

Everyone knows how awesome it is to go out clubbing or a crazy festival, get rowdy and dance your ass off. However it is not common knowledge of how going to these events affect your hearing over time.

Mute Audio Party The very few people that do are usually the performers themselves as they are constantly on the road and at a new event every night getting blasted by extreme sound levels and understand there is only so much noise one set of ears can be exposed to.

Sudden hearing loss is not very likely unless you are exposed to an extreme sound like a gun next to your ear or a bomb. Infact most hearing loss comes in gradually which makes it hard to notice at first. This becomes a problem as you end up having to compensate for it later in may ways.

Going out to these events on a regular basis will expose your hearing to the excessive volume, anything over 85dB you will be at risk and most clubs and festivals exceed 100dB easily and in most countries there are no restrictions or advisory before heading inside.

If you like to go out to a festival or club and dance all day/ night it may be best to keep in mind that your hearing is likely to be risk of ‘noise induced hearing loss’. Hearing loss, impacts alot of things, including how you hear music and interperet converstaion. It can also lead to mental illness, nausea and some extreme cases, thoughts of suicide.

It usually starts out gradually by loosing the high frequencies first, making everything sound a little muffled like a pillow over your ears. You may also hear some ringing, this is called ‘Tinnitus’, and is often heard straight after a loud event and often comes in waves or periods after the event. The ringing sound plays tricks on your mind and many people suffer from not being able to sleep or suffer from loss of concentration. Also the pure tone of this ringing is more often than not the same frequency of hearing you have lost.

Mild hearing loss is extremely common amoung us. When in normal conversation, one on one in quiet dampened room you may not have any difficulty interperating each other, however early stages of hearing loss can make it really difficult to talk with someone in a crowded area or loud cafe for instance as you brain has trouble focusing on the one individual voice amongst the many others that are present. As your life progresses from being a teen, you may decide to get married and have children, hearing loss may effect you from hearing your spouse and kids properly and have an effect on there speech perception of you not being able to pay attention, when reality it is hard to hear them.

Other than eliminating being in a loud environment, using hearing protection is still the only way to prevent noise induced hearing loss and is highly recommeded to anyone is going to a music festival or night club who wants to still enjoy the music at a later date.

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5 Different ways to Spot a Fake DJ!

Anybody can be a DJ right? Well actually to be a ‘real DJ’ can be quite difficult. To be great takes a lot of skill.

In this day in age it is very easy to fake being a DJ with all the digital software available. Just because a DJ might use the aid of a laptop or CDJ’s doesn’t mean they arn’t actually DJing but may help in assisting them ‘Fake it’. This article is to help understand the fundamentals of what a DJ actually does. Also what to look out for if you suspect you see if you fake DJ out there. Maybe, just maybe help appreciate when you see and hear skilled one at work.

Whats is a DJ?



Pitch Fader


Lets start by understanding what a DJ is. A (DJ) disc Jockey is someone who mixes recorded music while it is playing live. This is done by two main fundamentals, beat matching and hopefully, (but not often) mixing the songs in harmony of the right key.

1. Beat matching is done by adjusting the speed of the recorded music that is being cued up to be mixed in with the current music that is playing. If done live (Real DJ), the DJ will use the pitch fader on the turntable itself.

2. Mixing in key. This is a lot more tricky. The DJ will need to either practise prior to mixing and remember which song works with the next one they play. Or they can either memorise or label each record with the correct key. Alternatively, DJ’s using Serato or Final Scratch software have the benefit of software displaying the key for them.

Mixing in Key has a huge effect on the performance outcome of any DJ. Any DJ reading this who like to find out more information about it ‘click here‘.

5 Ways to Spot a fake DJ

 

1. Are there any cables?

This may seem really obvious. However there have been countless YouTube videos when there is a fake DJ pretending to mix. Even when there are no cables even plugged to the mixer or turntable. Obviously if there is no power or audio cables. There will be no power or audio to mix with and the DJ is actually dreaming.

2. Is the power switched on?

On regular turntables, eg: the industry standard Technics 1200’s or one that plays vinyl. Usually the platter is spinning constantly and you will see a yellow light, lighting up the record player and red light near the volume switch. Both are visible from birds eye view.

CDJs, are very obvious to tell if the power is on even under direct sunlight. Usually the CD position is highlighted in the LED lights, along with either the time or name of the track. If the CDJ remains black or dull with no lights, its a very clear sign that its powered off.

3. Is the DJ wearing any headphones between songs / mixes?

No? Then its a good chance he/she has already prerecorded a set.

To beat match live as a DJ you need to cue a new song into the mix which requires a pair of headphones or in ear monitors of some sort. The DJ needs to wear them in-between each and every song change. This occurs approximately every 1- 3 minutes or even constantly throughout the entire set they mix. This question may lead to the next further questions.

4. Do they use the volume or cross faders?

The Crossfader: Between the turntables lies a mixer which you would have seen every DJ play with on some occasion tweaking knobs till no tomorrow. At the bottom of the mixer there is a fader which they will use again to switch and fade the music to the next cued track. Usually it

Volume Faders: In some cases the DJ may choose to put the crossfader in the middle of the mixer allwoing all assigned songs to come through. Then they use the volume faders instead to control the volume of each input.

If you do not see any of the faders being used between tracks it is a very very likely sign that they are using a prerecorded set.

5. Do they use the pitch control?

Pitch faders are cruicial for mixing the music to the same tempo (beat matching). Sometimes a DJ may mix all his own music they may be already at the same tempo, which would mean that they would not need to touch the pitch control. On he other hand, a DJ whom may or may not be clever depenending on the way you look at it. May have allready pre pitched the tracks the tracks they have lined up for the set to be at the same tempo. Some would consider this cheating, but it all fairness, they are still able to mix the music freely which is important as opposed to being stuck with a entire prerecorded set.

All and all, if a Dj is lifting up a vinyl case and pulling out a record, you know they a real for sure!