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BobTheGardener

It may just be me getting older, but I'm getting really fed up with loud 'thumping' music in documentaries and other informational TV programs.  Almost everything on the Discovery or National Geographic channels is becoming a pain in the ears!  Anyone else noticed this?

1Runnybeak1

Yes Bob, we are forever turning the volume up and down.   To loud one minute, bursting your ear drums the next.    You would think that wouldn't happen in this modern age would you.? 

B3

I find that as my hearing has deteriorated, it is difficult to filter out the music or the canned laughter. I wish that the producers of film and tv could have more confidence in the content of their programmes and let the words and pictures speak for themselves.

Hazel --

Bob, I have been saying this for years now! The background music is so loud we have to keep turning the TV up and down like RB. I thought at one point that it was our TV until I Realised that all the modern dramas all have this rising crescendo of music when the plot " thickens". It's awful.

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B3

PANSY, APART FROM THE NOISE FACTOR, THAT'S WHAT ANNOYS ME TOO.

I KNOW IF SOMETHING IS FUNNY OR SAD OR EXCITING. MUSIC IS NOT GOING TO CHANGE MY MIND.

IF THE CHIPS ARE SOGGY, THE BEST KETCHUP IN THE WORLD WILL NOT PERSUADE ME THEY TASTE GOOD.

pansyface

KETCHUP? KETCHUP?

WOT, NOT BROWN SAUCE?

B3

THAT WOULDN'T WORK EITHER,I'M AFRAID.

My hearing is fine but yes, I've noticed this, too.  Plus the difference in volume between any programme and the advertisements....which are really loud in comparison.  Now we just mute the telly every time there's an ad break.

Joyce21

"THEY" IGNORE THIS COMPLAINT WHICH HAS GONE ON FOR SOME YEARS.

Pete8

Having watched Planet Earth II (which was amazing) I was annoyed by the very loud accompanying music.
I later read that they had asked Hans Zimmer to write the music - must have cost a fortune, but WHY?

If I want to listen to music I put the radio on.
I wouldn't go so far as to say it ruined an excellent program, but it was overly loud and unnecessary

flumpy1

Yes we have noticed the music is loud but the voices very quiet as if they are mumbling there words sometimes, we are forever rewinding to make out what they are saying, and we are in our thirties, so no it's not your hearing 

1Runnybeak1

Same here flumpy.  Don't get me started on canned laughter.   We often say to one another 'what's so funny, what are they laughing at ?    I don't need canned laughter in all the wrong places to tell me something is funny or not.   

flumpy1

Is there anyone we can complain to?

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I have complained several times about the noise pollution on BBC, including gardening programmes - who wants to hear trumpets and drumming when they are trying to relax by enjoying a garden?

Planet Earth II started quietly, but then I had to turn down the volume as the music started, but then it stopped and Attenborough's voice returned at the much lower sound level - they didn't use to do that.

And the Sky at Night used to have no background music because Patrick Moore didn't allow it, buty now it is on all the time, serving no purpose, and they even have a ridiculous whooshing sound over the title music, as if Sibelius's music isn't good enough.

Slow TV, with nothing added, is very popular, but the BBC don't seem to get the message.

flumpy1

I've looked back on old programmes and the voices are crisp clear with good vocabulary, now it's loud music and wispering voices 

B3

YOU KNOW THOSE POLYSTYRENE 'BEANS' THAT YOU GET IN PACKAGES. THAT'S WHAT THE BACKGROUND MUSIC REMINDS ME OF - A LOAD OF STUFF IN THE PACKAGE THAT OBSCURES THE GIFT.

flumpy1

Yes I agree B3 

Hostafan1

I don't mind the music, but I did think , last week on Planet Earth, that it was louder than I felt it needed to be and for some  it would detract.

Runny , I'm totally with you on canned laughter. Pansy's chip analogy again, right there.