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Musician Reveals How to Find Harmonious Composition

writing songThe process and manner in which musicians compose rhymes differ from one person to another. There are those who will come up with a song while listening to other music. Others will want a silent place in order to write down ideas naturally without interruptions. I have been interviewing several musicians on how to find an ideal environment to compose a song, but many didn’t want to disclose their ‘secrets’. This means artists are different, but I came across one pop artist who opened up his mind.

The artist told me he can compose songs while listening to loud music, especially through his car audio system. According to him, the car system produces the desirable upbeats and acoustic sounds that inspire him to generate ideas from existing songs. If the music is playing and beats are just cool, ideas start flowing in his mind and he would even compose a whole song before reaching his destination.

On the other hand, he told me that silence is sometimes required in order to allow the brain to work appropriately. He related it to a typical reading situation when you need concentration but people and vehicles are causing interruptions. Interestingly, he revealed about the use of earplugs which are also commonly used by many when reading.

First, he pointed out about earplugs that offer comfort when worn. The best models are made of soft foam and tapered so that they are easy to insert and feel comfortable. These are best for regular users but mostly come as a package with hundreds of pieces. This means a pair can be used for a week before picking another one. However, there are some people who complain about headaches when using earplugs, and therefore should choose earplugs that do not fit too tightly if their ear canals are small.

song writingSecond, he talked about universal earplugs that can fit all ear canals. Some of them come as a package with about 100 pairs and are suitable for writing songs when in a noisy room. However, these kinds of earplugs usually block noise completely and you cannot hear when somebody next to you speaks. Since writing songs can be done from anywhere, these earplugs can be a good choice when in a coffee shop or any other noisy room. Also, they can block excessive noise from a neighbor or when dogs are barking from outside.

Third, there are earplugs suitable for those living near motorways or near industries. Though they are mostly used when sleeping, they can also offer a maximum filtering of vehicle noise. They can be reused for several weeks, and once you get used to them you may not even need to look for different options.

Fourth, if you live near a noisy club you need to have earplugs that can filter out the sounds of the instruments. These are also used in gun shooting ranges, but also offer the best when it comes to reducing the impact of motorcycle riding sounds. They are comfortable as they sit on the ears without causing irritation even when worn for a longer time. He said these can be used for reading and songwriting because they block those sharp sounds that must penetrate ears even when from a far distance.

Before we finished the interview, I didn’t hesitate to ask about the techniques of choosing the right earplugs. He was glad to give a few answers as outlined below;

Noise reduction rating (NNR)

This is the measure of the effectiveness of earplugs to protect your hearing. When the noise is too much, a higher noise reduction rating is vital. The higher the NNR, the more you will reduce noise from reaching your ears.

Comfort

The best earplugs are those that can offer maximum comfort even when worn for a long time. They should not cause too much pressure because this can cause headaches. So, the suitable options should have a soft foam material for easier inserting.

Disposable or non-disposable

This may depend on whether you move to different location regularly. Disposable versions are just used for a while and then thrown away, while non-disposable can be re-used severally. You can also carry them when going to a different place where there could be noise.

Material

Lastly, he pointed out two types of materials used to make earplugs; molded silicone and wax. Silicone earplugs are more effective and comfortable than their wax counterparts.

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Silence & Writers: Seek for Inspiration

artistArtists are very important because they convey a certain message to thousands or even millions of people through artwork. Artists are of different types. There are writers, actors, musicians, DJs, art paints and many more. To come up with a movie script, song, or an ebook, an artist will comprehend and write down ideas before arranging and editing them to create a meaningful material. This involves a tedious task, even though audience out there may not figure out such challenges that artists go through.

Therefore, a calm and silent room is always a requirement for every artist during the writing and comprehending process. However, getting a perfect noise-free place is difficult nowadays. Even those living in their homes are constantly distracted by noisy vehicles, factories, and other industries from outside. This makes maintaining their concentration difficult, but they manage to finish the job eventually. For those living in apartments, there are ‘bad’ neighbors who will play hell loud music overnight.

artist and silenceDue to these challenges faced by artists, keeping your own environment silent is the only remaining solution. However, how do they go about it? It is simple. The earplugs are ideal for blocking those unwanted noises from reaching your ears. With earplugs, you can even write a whole chapter of an ebook, several scripts, or a few song stanzas because there are no external noises obstructing your focus and alertness.

In short, earplugs will help you get the motivation for doing your writing tasks effectively. Being a long time writer of novels, I found it difficult in my new apartment to cope with neighbors who held parties more than twice a week. I could not concentrate on writing until I decided to find a solution. When I was searching for a solution on the internet, I stumbled earplugs and after reading their descriptions, I decided to try them. Since then, I have been working on my projects comfortably without unwelcoming distractions.

As an artist, I would not generalize all issues about silence because we are different. For instance, there are those musicians with home studio offices. They will record their music before presenting to professional producers. These artists will not need earplugs due to noise from their neighbors, but because they are noise creators. The loud music is not fit for the health of their ears, and therefore these hearing protection devices can reduce the impact.

Apart from recording music in their home studios, the musicians perform in concerts. Though the music is normally fantastic, the noise can be excessive and potentially harmful to their ears. Therefore, earplugs are a great way to prevent hearing loss. This is not only for musicians only but also DJs when playing music in a concert.

The Features of Artist’s Earplugs

silenceOne of the major features is the ability of the earplugs to preserve the natural ear response. This means that all sounds that penetrate your ears are moderated and converted into a normal level sound. So, the artist will hear quieter sounds than the noisy sounds coming from the speakers or any other external source.

Another feature is the absence of the occluding effect usually found in disposable earplugs. When you speak, you don’t hear a bloom of voice in your head. Even when you sing, you will just feel comfortable similar to when not wearing the earplugs. Interestingly, your ears are not exposed to that excessive sound from the speakers.

Acoustic Filters Earplugs for Artists to Choose

There are acoustic filters earplugs for artists to choose depending on the level of noise in different environments.

If you are a writer and someone is playing guitar in the next room, 10 dB earplugs are suitable to filter the soft sound. You will continue with your work without feeling disturbed by the instrument sounds.

For a louder sound from other instruments can be filtered using 15 dB earplugs. Many of these earplugs can be worn around marching bands, rocks bands, and brass bands. So, they are suitable if you are in an environment where such types of music are being played.

When in a party where there is relatively louder music, the best earplugs should be 20 dB because they will filter excessive sounds from reaching your ears. These are perfect for musicians when invited to perform for a smaller audience.

Lastly, you will need 25dB earplugs if you are in a music concert. This is where too loud music can harm your ears. Since a DJ or a musician will stay in that environment for several hours, these earplugs are quite essential for them.

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