1. V33n4 of the BAS Speaker has been published.
It features a writeup of the meeting at David Moulton's house, discussing eq for
mastering, written by John S. Allen. Also extended reminiscences of Edgar Villchur
and Daniel von Recklinghausen; Reports on CEDIA 2011 by David Weinberg and Jim
Buchanan; and AES 2011 by David Weinberg and Alvin Foster. 33 pp
2. I recently watched "Tree of Life."
At the beginning there it says "For maximum enjoyment of this movie the producers
[6 of them!] recommend that you play it loud." So I turned up the volume
and started the movie. At the first voiceover I jumped for the volume control
as it was too loud and almost unintelligible. Once the volume was lowered I sat
back and enjoyed the movie*. It is nominally about a boy growing up in Texas,
but is really about images and sounds. (A movie theater in CT posted a sign warning
that there would be no refunds for those seeing this movie). A plus is the almost
continuous classical music soundtrack, mostly familiar, but some not.
* Explanation: If a director decides to have a program with
wide dynamic range, from very soft to loud, then of necessity the average level
is lower than that of a compressed program. Thus the admonition to play it loud
since most people probably play everything at the same level. However the dialogue
level was raised, forcing me to reduce the volume, thereby partly subverting what
they were trying to achieve. Still a commendable effort.
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