February 2017: One hot day in February, the HEARsmart team were delighted to attend the City of Melbourne and Music Victoria’s first ever Venue Day. Hosted by the Toff in Town, there was a diverse mix of presentation from the City’s planning officers to the people behind Good music Neighbors, to Green Music Australia.
Everyone has a different opinion on what makes a good venue for a gig. Good or bad, it is important for all venues to manage sounds levels carefully – they are responsible to both their staff and their neighbours. Although it might seem like an overwhelming task, it doesn’t have to be.
Musicians are a special breed. They create incredible sounds that have the power to impact body and soul, whether that’s sending us to the dance floor or moving us to tears. Not too surprisingly, research has also shown that musicians, as a group, have pretty special ears.
Sound engineers, also called audio engineers or sound technicians, are central to the delivery of sound at any venue. These engineers have the overall responsibility for sound at a gig, from placement and position of speakers to amplification and manipulation of music being played.
Having too much of a good thing?
Our ears are built to hear all sorts of sounds, from the quietest breath to the loudest AC/DC concert.
But too much can leave a lasting impact on your ears. This type of damage is cumulative, listening to sounds too LOUD, too LONG, too OFTEN poses a very real risk of permanent, irreversible damage to your hearing.Share on Facebook | Share on Twitter
February 2017: Last week, Better Hearing Australia kicked off the inaugural Australian Tinnitus Awareness Week (6-12 February) with a Tea for Tinnitus get together at Better Hearing House in Prahran, Melbourne. The morning tea provided a great opportunity for HEARsmart to meet other organisations with an interest in tinnitus and share ideas.
September 2016: Another weekend jaunt led the HEARsmart team to the first ever Melbourne Audio Trade Show, held at SAE Creative Media Institute in South Melbourne. The show bought together big audio software and hardware manufacturers and sellers to show off their latest goods. We were delighted that it also had space for …
September 2016: Last weekend, HEARsmart sponsored a wearable electronics hackathon and were delighted that someone came up with a potential gadget that could record and display basic information about the immediate and accumulating sound levels …
August 2016: Last Saturday, Musicians for Hearing (M4H) held its second Hearing Awareness Week gig, this time at the No Vacancy Gallery space in the heart of the Melbourne CBD with featured acts Davey Lane (You Am I) and Leah Senior. The yellow lamps, fairy lights and flickering floor shadows created an intimate setting …
June 2016: In association with our friends at Music Victoria, we gathered a great panel together last week for a lively debate on hearing health in the music industry. We were delighted to be joined by Jo Syme, the drummer from Big Scary, Jon Perring, owner of Bar Open and the Tote, as well as …