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    Many television drama shows now have the irritating habit of playing unecessary background noises/music for effect.

    Shows such as 'Blood In The Wire', 'Waking The Dead' ect.. seem to love playing loud bangs, screetches, loud music and other weird noises that sometimes even obliterate's the programs dialogue.

    It's difficult enough for any viewer to sit through such background noises but i've been told by people with hearing aid's that these noises can make it near impossible for them to follow the dialogue.

    So why do so many productions feel the need to "raise the tension" by inserting so many loud and weird noises?

    For me a lot of the noise doesn't make the program any more exciting - most of it actually makes me cringe. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/angry.gif[/img]



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    Originally posted by David Brent@May 20 2005, 01:06 PM

    Many television drama shows now have the irritating habit of playing unecessary background noises/music for effect.

    Shows such as 'Blood In The Wire', 'Waking The Dead' ect.. seem to love playing loud bangs, screetches, loud music and other weird noises that sometimes even obliterate's the programs dialogue.

    It's difficult enough for any viewer to sit through such background noises but i've been told by people with hearing aid's that these noises can make it near impossible for them to follow the dialogue.

    So why do so many productions feel the need to "raise the tension" by inserting so many loud and weird noises?

    For me a lot of the noise doesn't make the program any more exciting - most of it actually makes me cringe. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/angry.gif[/img]



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    Americanisation of British television!



    With today's remote control handset controlling multi layered digital technology on your TV set it should be possible to select filters for background noise and music, particularly for the hard of hearing, but I've not seen it yet!

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    Originally posted by samkydd@May 20 2005, 02:48 PM

    Americanisation of British television!

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    More prosaically, I think it's a reflection of the fact that TV sound quality has improved dramatically over the past fifteen years - bearing in mind that virtually all broadcasts were in mono up to about 1990, and pretty compressed mono at that.



    But the downside of better sound reproduction is that flaws in recording and mixing become much more obvious - so I suspect the increased use of music, sound effects etc. is as much to hide the joins as anything else!



    (The other downside of better sound reproduction is that if the receiving equipment isn't up to it - i.e. an old-fashioned mono telly - sound that was originally designed to be split over two or even multiple channels all gets piled into just the one speaker, with the result that David Brent describes: it becomes very hard to make out dialogue over background sound).

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    I find it particularly obnoxious when melodramatic music is added to documentaries, turning what might be a fair examination of a subject into an opinion piece. Such music is also used, usually accompanied by pictures of landscapes, to distract the viewer from a shortage of actual information.



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    Originally posted by Wetherby Pond@May 20 2005, 07:41 PM

    (The other downside of better sound reproduction is that if the receiving equipment isn't up to it - i.e. an old-fashioned mono telly - sound that was originally designed to be split over two or even multiple channels all gets piled into just the one speaker, with the result that David Brent describes: it becomes very hard to make out dialogue over background sound).

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    Even with a state of the art digital hi-fi television set the background noises tend to be louder than the dialogue.

    A lot of the background effects are needless and in my opinion do not add anything to the total production.

    Many are more irritating than anything.



    I have pretty good hearing but I've also noticed that a lot of today's film's seem to include a lot of softly spoken dialogue that tends to get lost in background noise sountrack even in a large cinema.



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    Originally posted by David Brent@May 21 2005, 05:20 AM

    Even with a state of the art digital hi-fi television set the background noises tend to be louder than the dialogue.

    A lot of the background effects are needless and in my opinion do not add anything to the total production.

    Many are more irritating than anything.



    I have pretty good hearing but I've also noticed that a lot of today's film's seem to include a lot of softly spoken dialogue that tends to get lost in background noise sountrack even in a large cinema.



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    You are correct and I thought it was just me needing my ears looked at! At the cinema these days I find the levels of "noise for effect" intolerable and it's squeezing as much use as possible from new sound technology for the sake of it! It's not so bad in a Screen 1 (usually a traditional old fashioned huge cinema where the acoustics are very good), but when you have to see a film in one of these poxy little Screen 2, 3, 4, 5 "rooms" the excessive sound effects and music is just too much! When you then see the same film at home on a normal telly it's diabolical and you have to keep turning the sound up to try and catch the dialogue!

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    I agree about intrusive incidental music/sound effects, but I get even more frustrated trying to catch some of the dialogue in British TV shows, withoutany background music/noise. It's apparently a recognised phenomenon because there was an article in a local newspaper here quite a few years ago about it but sadly I threw the paper out by mistake before I read it, so I'm none the wiser. The frustration continues.

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    The same goes for unnecessary 'dubbing'; whenever a cat or dog are in shot, there are the usual barking; meowing noises and if you catch sight of the animal it is invariably NOT moving it's mouth! GRRRRRRRR! [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/angry.gif[/img]

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