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A line in the sand

The recent news that all the bars on Mojacar playa have to be fitted with sound proofing and decibel meters was the final straw for me. The politicians, whose credibility is non-existent, never mind damaged have squeezed and squeezed in order to push the foreigners out of Mojacar and kill the tourist trade here. The bars are suffering, businesses are suffering, and families are having their dreams dashed on a daily basis. Now, to cap it all, the bars are to be denied the opportunity to showcase live music, or face the threat of closure. This is a step too far, and angers me beyond belief. I’ve tried to channel my anger into something productive, and here it is – a protest song that I hope will help draw the line in the sand – thus far and no further.

It’s called Save Mojacar Music, and I urge you all to download it – it’s free – just click on the link at the bottom

Play it loud and play it proud. We will not be dictated too.

TURN IT UP!

SAVE MOJACAR MUSIC

Save Mojacar music, don’t wanna lose it
We only wanna have some fun – we’re not the only ones
Save Mojacar music, don’t wanna lose it
We the people put you there, we’ll kick you out without a care

We can’t survive at ’55’ – Mojacar’s more dead than alive
You’ve got your Mercs, you’ve bled us dry
Now watch the beach bars fade and die
Unemployment, 30 dot, the music scene helps stop the rot
Look past the Euros in your stash
Or come Elections, you’ll be trashed
mark my words, better listen to us
Or your kids’ll be sellin’ asparagus, dig?

Empty bars, empty beaches
Big black cars, Council leeches

No music, can’t use it, what ya gonna do when the whole town lose it?
No music, can’t use it, what ya gonna do when you finally squeeze it?

Don’t quit it, gotta hit it, gotta stick it to the man
Gotta give it to the motherlovers one mo’ time
Don’t quit it, gotta hit it, gotta stick it to the man
Gotta give it to the mothers……..

Sun…..sea…..sand…..Systematic shutdown

Save Mojacar music, don’t wanna lose it
We only wanna have some fun – we’re not the only ones
Save Mojacar music, don’t wanna lose it
We the people put you there, we’ll kick you out without a care

Turn it up!

SAVE MOJACAR MUSIC – The Song

Kev Moore

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July 27, 2011 - Posted by | Home Studio, Music, Recording, Rock, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , , , ,

14 Comments »

  1. Just played ‘Save Mojacar Music’ and will be remembering those words which are so true.I am about 30-40 minutes from Mojacar and it is the only place around that used to be plentiful in live acts.The Mayor and the local councils are killing local enterprise in Spain.It is so sad,especially for the ex-pats of U.K.,Germany and many other countries who now call it home.This is going to kill live music in the area if they carry it out. Myself and all the neighbours in Arboleas area are totally aware of the corruption etc in Spanish politics but luckily we have a new Mayor and Spanish and English councillors in the town hall now.It’s wait and see time at the moment,but I am optomistic.I do remember in the U.K. a few years ago pubs etc. who wanted live music were being asked to pay a small fortune for a music licence.Common sense prevailed and by a lot of petitions,demonstrations etc. it didn’t go ahead.I would love to think Mojacar town hall will see sense,but it may be an uphill struggle.I am forever optomistic in situations like this and I say to myself ‘It will not happen’.

    Comment by Tony Fowler | July 29, 2011

  2. You have all my support, Kevin. I hope, as Tony Fowler wrote, that commun sense will prevail.

    Comment by Joël | July 31, 2011

  3. I wish all bars and musos the very best of luck dealing with the short sighted idiots who run??? this Costa, you would think the officials and cops would be too busy building a defence for their forthcoming corruption trials than to hassle bars and musicians in the peak of their short earning cycle.

    I would love to know what the master plan is for this costa, its not like there are a load of all inclusive hotels to benefit from the bars demise??

    kevin

    Comment by kevin | August 8, 2011

  4. “Turn it up!”

    Totally disagree. The majority of performers I have seen on the playa seem to take the view that the louder it is, the better. That is absolute drivel. It seems to me that a great many of them, lacking actual musical talent and technical ability on an instrument, try to compensate for this by playing as loud as possible though a (usually) cheap, nasty crappy PA. There are a few exceptions, but not many. The result is a distorted, rasping cacophony. You do not need 110dB in a small room. That is ridiculous. If you do think you need it, try learning to play/sing at realistic levels, you might learn something. Those kind of levels drive away as many audiences as they attract.

    Comment by Not deaf (yet) | August 29, 2011

  5. “try learning to play/sing at realistic levels, you might learn something. ….”

    Ah, the condescension – I can almost smell it! Who said a 110db? Who said anything about ‘a small room’?

    Regarding learning something, I have a BTEC in Sound recording and 33 years professional experience as a musician worldwide, playing in venues as varied as tiny bars to huge sports arenas.

    -and to turn your argument on its head – “the quieter the better then, is that it?”

    Comment by kevmoore | August 29, 2011

  6. No, it is not “the quieter” the better. It is a question of avoiding excessive, even dangerous, levels for the environment in question. As to 110dB in a small room, that was an actual, real-life example from one venue in Mojacar last year (measured with a calibrated, Optimus Yellow meter, if you must know). That is well beyond the level at which even short-term exposure can cause damage – as little as 30 minutes – (which you should of course know). I also have a background in professional broadcast and live sound engineering, and have been playing every bit as long as you have. The real problem in Mojacar (and many other places) is that some bands/musicians have no technical knowledge whatever, have no idea even of the levels they are achieving, and no idea of the potential consequences. Neither do most of the audience. Unfortunately, many also seem to confuse being as loud as possible with ability. Self-regulation has consistently failed, so unfortunately, there really is no alternative to imposing some standards to protect public health (including the hearing of people working in those venues). The precise “cut off” point is arguable. 90dB inside is probably a shade on the low side… 100dB would probably be too high, however, they are no doubt taking staff exposure into account. They receive regular exposure, so are at high risk of permanent damage after just a couple of hours daily exposure even at 90dB.

    Comment by Not Deaf (yet) | August 30, 2011

  7. i agree in parts with this post, especially about the lack of tech knowledge and the volume = skill mentality, the availabilty of cheap and nasty gear from thomann,co.uk does not help, but i think the overall attitude of the officials there and here is a bit drastic, what approach to self regulation has actually been tried??

    kev t, costa blanca musician( the one who pleaded with bars to install their own gear limited sensibly to avoid this crap ten years ago)

    Comment by kevin t | August 30, 2011

  8. If we start to debate the skillset required to perform, then we’re off down a very different road. We could probably remove about 50% of the current Top 20 on the basis that they are musically deficient – but it doesn’t stop people buying their stuff, or listening to them. I think karaoke, and it’s subsequent creation of a million “solo artistes” is the work of the devil, but that’s ‘progress’ I guess.
    My point is, how does being worried about peaking a limiter wired directly to the Police station (and its attendant possibilities to {gasp} corruption) help an artist concentrate on performing? I’ve been subject to one of these infernal things, watching the lights flicker between green, amber and red…wondering if it has lingered on red for 10 seconds…because if it does, your gear will cut off, and then, without warning cut back in again, causing possible damage to amps and speakers. Ever since I have never, and would never perform under those conditions. I won’t work in a Police state. The local authorities here aren’t interested in self-regulation, they’re interested in fabricating excuses to shut people down, pure and simple.

    Comment by kevmoore | August 30, 2011

  9. So do you think that bar staff (for example) who have to endure hours of this stuff every week, should be forced to work under those conditions? Conditions that can result in permanent, irreversible hearing loss? This is not a “fabricated excuse”, it is a medical reality, recognised the world over. I tend to agree within Kevin T (above). A sensible approach is required. Some “soft” limiting, for example. Easily done. When I mentioned self-regulation, I was specifically referring to the US and the UK where that has been tried. It just did not work. Unfortunately, automatic “pulling the plug” devices do work – but I agree are very heavy handed and not entirely foolproof. I think “police state” is a bit strong in this context. It is about protecting people’s hearing. You can only lose it once. You can’t get it back. On a more positive note, I have had excellent results using diffused line-array systems, which tend to deliver excellent coverage with reduced dB levels. In a typical bass driver + HF horn, an awful lot of the sound energy is totally wasted. A line-array delivers more where it is really needed, and results in a lot less bleed into ceilings/floors. One net benefit is increased intelligibility and far fewer issues with reflections and feedback. The performers benefit, so do the audience.

    “Skillset required to perform”, well, yes. Entirely subjective there! I plead guilty to taking a very jaded view of the bulk of what is most popular…

    Comment by Not Deaf (yet) | August 30, 2011

  10. Agree with the efficacy of line-array over traditional bass driver+horn set-ups. One of the common problems with db limiters of course is their inability to ‘understand’ frequency. For example, some drum’n’bass music might get away with quite high levels under such a system, whereas a couple of ‘honking’ notes in a higher frequency guitar solo, not necessarily as ‘loud’ would trip it. Some of those old-fashioned HF units are very unforgiving!

    Comment by kevmoore | August 30, 2011

  11. ha ha, the old what is music debate, i like the bloke with acoustic guitar and voice, i like the self contained acts too, and a full live band is a rare bonus, if we could have a spot of each over the course of an evening rather than being subjected to just one all night , i would be a happy bunny,re the noise issue, its a shame that acts and bar owners cant grasp the benefits of a few well placed subs and mids in zones, rather than trying to fill an entire pub with sound from a pair of 12″ plazzy ev copies, no good for bands i know, but ideal for the backing track acts who appear to be in the majority these days, re the karaoke, wouldnt a heavily limited system be a god send?

    😉

    kev t

    Comment by kevin t | August 30, 2011

  12. “…wouldn’t a heavily limited system be a god send?…” that, or a well-placed tomato, kev! 😉

    Comment by kevmoore | August 30, 2011

  13. nice one kev

    and why bother the poor police linking the limiter to the cop shop, wouldnt tony soprano be a much better candidate on karaoke nights?

    lol

    Comment by kev t | August 30, 2011

  14. Hell = An eternity as a cog in a Karaoke machine….

    On the subject of nasty, cheap gear, I have lost count of the times I have recommended people invest in decent stuff, only to be told “I can get the same thing for €150 from Ebay” or “this no-name amp is just as good at that over-priced Yamaha or Crown (for example) “. It is very frustrating. Ignorance is bliss, I suppose, until the thing starts clipping or blows up….

    Comment by Not Deaf (yet) | August 31, 2011


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