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Thread #161848   Message #3849959
Posted By: Howard Jones
11-Apr-17 - 04:18 AM
Thread Name: National Folk Awards 2017
Subject: RE: National Folk Awards 2017
I caught the highlights show, which suffered from being badly edited to squeeze too much into too little. A more serious failure was that the vocals were too far back in the sound mix - a modern fashion which is completely inappropriate for folk music where the lyrics are everything. Despite being familiar with the ballad Jim Moray closed the show with I found it difficult to follow the story, and it was nothing to do with either his singing or the arrangement, it was simply that the vocals weren't given enough prominence in the mix. That was by no means the only example. The BBC used to have sound engineers who understood folk music, apparently no longer.