Wednesday, 3 March 2010


I am old enought for AC/DC to be about electricity not a pop group - in other words, very old indeed. The group performed last night. The noise, and there was no other word for it, could be heard some kilometres away and it went on for a very long time.
Why does 'pop music' have to be played at such extreme decibel levels? It seems to me that the noise level reaches a point where it is no longer possible to hear what is going on - or is that the point?
I have a friend who, at the tender age of 24, was told to avoid all noisy environments because her hearing had been damaged by being a drummer in a rock band. Do other performers perform with ear plugs? How do they preserve their hearing if they do not? I know there is an entire generation who are thought to be at risk because of their addiction to loud music and their intense use of personal music devices. They are seemingly unworried by this. The here and now is what matters.
There are also other people I know who have the radio on from the time they get up in the morning until they go to bed at night. One person I know actually sleeps with the radio turned on low. Others turn the television set on 'for company'. The radio almost never gets turned on in our house. Most people watch far more television than we do.
We had an extended power failure on Sunday. We were without power for over four hours. As we are on the same grid as two hospitals this was unusual. My father and I got on and did things that did not require power. I was frustrated at not being able to use the computer but it was not the end of the world for me. We did not need radio or television or some other mains operated electronic gadget to entertain us. We did not need the accompanying noise made by these things.
One of our neighbours was pacing in frustration. Another bemoaned the fact that the air conditioning was not working at her place and her children could not watch a television programme. Her children were happily riding their bikes up and down the street.
I prefer the 'silence' of children riding bikes.


Donna Hosie said...

As AC/DC fans the world over faint at your description of "pop group"!!!

ROCK, my dear. AC/DC ROCK, definitely not POP!

catdownunder said...

Just goes to show how much I (do not) know! What's the difference anyway? It is still 'pop'ular isn't it?

Tony said...

There are many things which you talk about with great knowledge and accuracy.

I think we can safely say that AC/DC is not one of them ;)

catdownunder said...
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Tony said...

Where music may, once upon a time, have been divided into classical and (pop)ular, these categories are now just two amongst dozens (at least). Pop no longer has the meaning of popular and refers to a specific (generic) type of music where the artist and image are more important than the music. AC/DC fall firmly into a very different category, that of rock. Describing AC/DC as a 'pop group' is akin to labelling Damian Hirst as an impressionist painter...

catdownunder said...

Thankyou Tony...I am puzzled as to what can possibly be important about 'rock' but I will assume that there is some artistic value in it somewhere...I just cannot see it. I would rather have Impressionist than Damian Hirst. I know - there is no hope for me! :-)

Frances said...

Hi Cat,
What is important about rock is that it expresses the inchoate emotions, desires, rages, dreams imaginations and terrors of the, it can behove and advantage us others to catch a whisper of what they are about.

They are not the future, but they are a part of the future that will shape the future.

catdownunder said...

I am trying to educate myself but it really is just a noise to me...of course they probably feel that way about Beethoven's 4th Piano Concerto.