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Mon, May. 22nd, 2006 09:15 am
In praise of quietness

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sunfell
Sunfell
Mon, May. 22nd, 2006 02:39 pm (UTC)

I love good silences. And I understand 'roomtone' too. I cannot write with any 'speaking noises' going on- so I turn NPR off, and if I need sound, I turn on some music. Nothing with any kind of heavy beat, but generally something in my collection from Narada or Windham Hill.

I love techno and electronica, but cannot go to any clubs to listen to it because the volume is often too high. I am very sensitive to loud noises- especially high pitched ones. I have been known to leave restaurants when there is a screaming infant or child nearby.

I detest 'small talk' and noise for noises sake. I used to work in Circuit City, and the managers always wanted the audio people to play things at earsplitting volume to make the place feel 'alive'. I was always sneaking over and turning things down, or disconnecting speakers.

There are stores in the mall that I will not go into because of the noise.

And you are right: there is no shame in being introverted. I rather like it myself. I do not own any kind of portable music player- I prefer to listen to the world around me than have it force-fed into my head. The music in my head is my own making. Plus the batteries never die!

:-)


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Mon, May. 22nd, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)

"I was dismayed to read in Frieze (issue 98) about Kraftwerk's engineer who used to secretly cut the wires that transmitted muzak in airports, hotels and elevators because the band, at all times, wanted to hear the sounds of the technological society around them. Who do Kraftwerk think they are? The Human League?

Brian Pressburger, Basingstoke"

(Letter in Frieze magazine)


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henryperri
henryperri
Mon, May. 22nd, 2006 10:37 pm (UTC)

more likely a conspiracy against Steely Dan than anything else.


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niddrie_edge
niddrie_edge
raymond
Mon, May. 22nd, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)

"no static at all...F....M"


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