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Red Hot Chili Peppers branded "unlistenable"
04 June 07 - Music bosses are coming under fire today for making new albums louder than ever.

According to recent research production houses are using computer wizardry to make records with higher volume levels in a move they believe is leading to an increase in sales.

However music fans now say some tracks on their CD’s are becoming so distorted that they are starting to feel ill and nauseous.

Britain’s leading studio engineers have now launched a campaign to make music range in levels to avoid a loud blur. Among records blasted by engineers is the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Californication which some branded “unlistenable”. An online petition has even been launched to have it “remastered”.

Other albums slated by studio experts are works by Oasis, the Arctic Monkeys and Lily Allen.

Peter Mew, senior mastering engineer at London’s Abbey Road Studios — where The Beatles made many of their hits, said: “Record companies are competing in an arms race to make their album the loudest.

The quieter parts are becoming louder and the loudest parts are just becoming a buzz. This could be the reason CD sales are in a slump.”

Geoff Emerick, an engineer on the Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s album, said: “A lot of what is released today is basically a scrunched up mess.

“Whole layers of sound are missing. It’s because record companies don’t trust listeners to decide themselves if they want to turn the volume up.”

Singing legend Bob Dylan, 66, said: “Modern records are atrocious. There’s no definition of anything — just static.”

Val Weedon of the UK Noise Association called for a ceasefire in the “loudness war”.   And one record boss admitted: “New techniques are causing our listeners fatigue.”

Adrian Larkin

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Eric Hamburg Germany
Everything true, i did no buy any cd cause of this sound sickness. The scratchy static noise cause headache with headphones. 20 year old tape recordings sounds much better than a cd today.

James / Waldringfield
I'm trying to make home recordings. If I compare mine to published work, mine are so much quieter. Before reading this I thought I was inferior because I made them at home. Now I see that they are not.

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