I’m north of 40 so it’s not surprising that I can’t read without my glasses and my hearing is losing some of its sparkle.
And I can’t help but wonder if some TV shows are being sound-mixed by 18 year olds or if they are, indeed, way off. Take Saturday Night Live for example. When the excellent Them Crooked Vultures played on the show about a year ago, to our ears the mix was really far off and lead singer Joshua Homme’s vocals were all but buried. Same goes for last weekend’s musical act, The Strokes. The performances on Wednesday night’s American Idol, which were pre-taped, sounded very muddy. Derek also hears what I hear so I know it’s not just me.
With so much technology at the fingertips of the production teams at these pricey TV shows I find it hard to believe that they would make such rookie mistakes with mixing sound. Perhaps it’s the difference between mixing live performances “for the room” versus for broadcast. I don’t know what the answer is but it’s certainly very annoying to watch glitzy shows in hi-def accompanied by the sound of a transistor radio muffled by a pillow.