MUSIC IS A MORAL LAW,
IT GIVES SOUL TO THE UNIVERSE
WINGS TO THE MIND.
FLIGHT TO THE IMAGINATION
A CHARM TO SADNESS
GAIETY AND LIFE TO EVERYTHING.
IT IS THE ESSENCE
OF ORDER AND LENDS TO ALL
THAT IS GOOD,JUST, AND BEAUTIFUL.
PLATO

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I was at a meeting during the last few days apropos an Open Air Concert, in which the subject of ' Sonorisation/Amplification was being discussed by people who had never written for or conducted Symphony Orchestras and basically lacked the experience of Sound  that only those who create for such forces naturally possess/aquire in the course of their work!!

This experience lead me to reflect more fully on the whole subject of ' Sound' as opposed to ' Noise' and the level of the latter in our daily lives that we seemingly take for granted!!

 

 Have you noticed how we all need to almost shout in a Cafe or Public place during a conversation? I often take my lunch in a Cafe situated in the Medieval Village of Tourrettes Sur Loup. I have been going there for some 15 years and I can say that during that period of time, the noise level of ' normal' social chat has risen to levels where I now question whether or not it's healthy to eat there!!!! I think if it were not for the Love and Care ...Yes I do mean ' Love and Care' one experiences there from the Staff ( very rare ) and those who are frequently present, I would avoid the place now.

Then there's the   (' no longer background noise of traffic ).....motor bikes, cars ,trucks etc trundling past and the only thing to do to protect one' s Nervous System  is to sink further into  ' unconsciousness' which in turn spreads to our Lives, Relationships and General Health ...it becomes a ' Way of ...,I was going to say ' Being' but that wouldn't be appropriate since the word ' Being' implies ' Presence' and one cannot be 'Unconscious ' and ' Present' in the true sense of the word in the same moment.!! We seem to have got ourselves into a very tangled ' short circuit indeed'!!! .....Just my opinion you understand!!

 So what's all this leading up to Jil? Well, year after year in our town, we have the loudest Pop Festival I have ever experienced in a huge space situated right in the centre of the Town and entirely surrounded by tall buildings which for the most part  are Residential!!! Quite naturally, there has been a great deal of protest in the last few years. The legal Decibel Limit for France is definately exceeded and ' Noise' at this volume can be dangerous to Health. Unfortunately, the louder the better....is an immovable belief. or so it seems!!!

 Our converstion about Amplification concerned the ' Classical' Music Festival  that our Association ( of which I am Artistic Director ) has been planning to take place at the the same Venue as already described.

 We were at the Mairie talking it over with the Persons responsible for Culture.  As Conductor of the Choral Concert, I am very keen to avoid over Amplification . I have learned from experience that when the forces used are sufficient in number and well prepared , it is often enough in itself, However, the Venue I have described is indeed large and spacious and open higher up and will therefore probably need a little Amplification even though we plan to use sufficient forces ( Choral and Orchestral ).  

 The point I am trying to make is that Music...  deeply, subtly, without force...affects the Listener more profoundly in terms of Heart Connection and Awareness, ( therefore Health ) when it is allowed to Speak...or should I say 'Sing' rather than when it is artificially ' pushed' at the Listener ....providing of course He/She is actually ' Present' not just Physically but more importantly, Emotionally and Spritually'.

 We are still waiting for permission to hold this Festival of Classical Music on this Venue...'on verra' as the french would say...' We'll see' !