Background Noise

1. "A string snapped on the soloist's violin in the middle of the concert, and he grabbed the concertmaster's instrument and played his part to the end. It was fantastic!" Fantastic in a live performance but not on a CD, where accidents, even enthralling ones, are not supposed to happen. Noises are part of the concert experience. The rustling of program pages, the chorus of muffled coughs, and the falling music stand all make for part of the excitement. In the home we expect a more ordered listening experience. The least little disturbance, and the questions start flying. "What's that noise? Is there something wrong with this CD? With my CD player?
2. "This CD is defective. I keep hearing a metallic noise (clicking) on tracks x, y, and z. And there's nothing wrong with my CD player." So we checked it out. The noise was a key on an old oboe and thus "historically correct." Every time it hit the wood during what was, by the way, a virtuoso performance, it produced a little noise, and all the modern technology in the world was not match for it.
3. And not all the noises emanate from the instruments. Breathing is a part of music and musical expression. The wind soloist knows how to keep things quiet, but what happens when one of the accompanying string instrumentalists takes a deep breath before bowing away? The Tonmeister reminds everyone to remember to control her or his personal breathing dynamics.
4. And sometimes the stomach starts to growl or rumble, a sure sign that it's time for a lunch break.

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