There is so much cacophony in the world around us. It can be so overwhelming that it makes us lose sight or, in this instance, the sound of what’s important to us. For example, when I had just sat down to type out this blog, all I wanted to hear was my own thoughts and the rhythmic sound of my keyboard while I am hammering away the aforementioned thoughts into words. But NO, I could hear a dozen other travesties such as the sound of my kitty cats having a tussle, the chiming of my neighbor’s pressure cooker, and the same neighbor singing a pretty crappy song in an even crappier manner. So why am I telling you guys all this? I’ll tell you why because when I started typing this blog up, I was just going to list all the random things that are simply loud, but now I am going to take a different route. What I mean by this is that I am going to be listing out sounds that are loud on the surface but in actuality are a joy to the ears of the beholder:
THINGS THAT ARE LOUD are
- A Race Car
- Rock Music
- Video Games
- Traffic on roads
- Rocker Launch
- Vacuum cleaner
A Race Car:
I’m gonna be honest here; I’m not really a huge fan of F1 or racing, but there is something really charming about race cars. According to yours truly, a race car is the embodiment of lightning made to run on 4 wheels accompanied by the deafening roar of a thunder cloud. A race car’s sound is really something else and can make your heart skip a few beats, leaving you completely mesmerized. To some people, this sound may come across as head-splitting and tumultuous, but to me personally, race cars can produce some of the greatest sounds in a milky way.
There is something so authentic and visceral about good old-fashioned rock music. You might be wondering what’s so authentic about a bunch of dudes screaming their lungs out? Well, for starters, there is absolutely zero auto-tune used when making rock music. Modern-day music is heavily laced with auto-tune technology, making it sound like someone trying to shove a 10-inch needle into your ear repeatedly. Rock music, on the other hand, speaks volumes about the person singing it. Unlike modern-day mumble rappers such as Lil Yachty and Lil Pop, whose only appeal in their songs is having scantily dressed women and expensive cars, rock music has both styles as well as substance. Still not convinced, then I suggest you check out Bohemian Rhapsody, which came out almost 4 decades ago, and compare it to any of the top billboards hit songs that have come out this past decade. Trust me, guys, you will be surprised about the lack of depth there is to be found in the music of the 21st century. So yeah, the point I am trying to make is if you’re looking for loud music that doesn’t necessarily translate to making your ears bleed, then look no further than good old-fashioned hard rock music.
Speaking of loud things, let’s also add video games to this list. I love video games despite it sometimes being jarringly loud because they act as one of my go-to places for inspiration and helps get my creative juices flowing. One of the key facets of why video games lend credence to my creativity and inspiration is the sound play and music design beautifully encapsulated. The music in video games can go from quiet & somber to loud and melancholic and vice versa within a few seconds. For example, take a game such as Witcher 3; when you’re facing a horde of enemies in the game, there will be times when you’ve found yourself being backed into a corner with no way out and very little health. And when this happens, the music in the game reaches an all-time high, and you can literally hear your video game character’s beating heart. Whatever emotion or pain your character is feeling during that moment, you’ll also feel it irrespective of whether you want to or not, and this translates to the actions and choices you make within the game. The burden of your character’s actions and the consequences that accompany it feels way more impactful primarily due to the game’s sound design, which gives it that much-needed depth and complexity. So yeah, video games can become quite chaotic depending on the way you play, but there is a method in its madness due in no small part to its sound and music.
This is gonna sound paradoxical, but bagpipes to me sound both depressing and harmonious at the same time. They have this blaring and grating sound, which on paper sounds like a faulty alarm clock, but the fact of the matter is that this could not be farther from the truth. Bagpipes are instruments that produce long and slow notes that can awaken a feeling of despondency and gloom within the listener. Sounds depressing, right? I wouldn’t blame you if you thought so, but if you ask me, I would say that just because something sounds depressing doesn’t mean it has to be, and when it comes to bagpipes, there is more to it than what meets the eye.
My Parting Words:
So, there you have it, guys. These are some of the loud things that bring a great deal of sanguinity to my life. I am sure that many of you feel the same way about some of the things I have shared here in this post. With that being said, I would like to conclude by misquoting the famous swiss poet Johann Kaspar Lavater, “Loudness does not necessarily mean impotence or emptiness, but it is what you make of it.”