Big Mouth: Site for sore eyes

This article first appeared in issue 229 of .net magazine – the world's best-selling magazine for web designers and developers.

If you’ve ever played in a band or knocked around with people who do, you’ll know that most of the time bands sound awful. It’s not that the band is terrible, or that an individual musician is terrible, or that the songs are terrible – or at least, it’s not entirely because the band, individual musicians or songs are terrible. It’s that the equipment isn’t good enough. What the songwriter hears in his or her head bears little relation to the booming, overdriven GNNNNNNNNH that belches forth from the speakers.

Even professional musicians suffer from it. I recently attended a Coldplay gig where the sound was so bad that I might as well have been locked in a bin and thrown down a hillside. Not only would it have sounded better and given me less of a headache, but it would have been far cheaper too.


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