August 12, 1997

I listened to the most recent mix on a VHS tape today. Amazingly, I heard more defects and details over my TV's crummy little speaker than I have over the classy speakers in the mix studio. The explanation is interesting: because the VHS tape has so much less frequency range than the source material, the VHS deck compressed the sound track so as not to lose highs or lows. And compression brings up what sound people call "the noise floor," the debris in the lower frequency ranges that can escape notice under normal circumstances. So all the bad aspects of the sound track became more conspicuous, and I have a lot of notes to take in to tomorrow's mix session.

I've sent out five video tapes to film festivals in the last few days. It's a busy season for festivals--I have ten applications out there that I'm waiting on.

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