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Monday, February 16, 2009

2.16- "If ya hear any noise..."


Decibel doodles on the blackboard at Town Hall during a special meeting of the Oriental Town Commissioners
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The Town Board of Commissioners held a special meeting today to consider a number of matters, including the continuing drama over whether and how to change the Town's old-school "nuisance" noise ordinance.

Commissioners (and the Mayor, in blue blazer, above) differed on several particulars... One dispute was whether sound diminishes by 3 dB or by 6 dB when the distance from the sound source is doubled.

Apparently, a Professor of Sound who gave a presentation to the Board at its last meeting had said that sound diminishes by 3 dB when distance is doubled.

Two Commissioners contended that the Prof. had been mistaken, and that the two Commissioners had done their own on-line research and determined that it actually diminishes by 6 dB when distance is doubled.

It looks like someone in the "6 dB" faction had done some doodling on the blackboard (or whiteboard, I suppose) before the meeting:

The Commissioners ultimately agreed to re-contact the good Doctor to find out if the answer is really 3 dB or 6 dB, and to conduct some field demonstrations of music played at various dB levels at several local businesses where live music is played during the season.

Speaking of Noise, here is some noise from George Clinton and the boys... an act I can only dream would play at one of our local venues, and I guarantee these guys would blast past any of the dB levels being discussed at the meeting...

Parliament Funkadelic performing "The Mothership Connection (Starchild)" live in concert, Houston TX... yes, it's 10 minutes long, but well worth it, especially to see the Mothership land and Starchild emerge:

"If ya hear any noise, it's just me and the boys, hit me... ya gotta hit the band"


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