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Fireworks audio simulcast

Live low-power FM broadcast of fireworks sound
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Many fireworks displays are visible for miles. Unfortunately, while the explosions may be audible for miles, the timing will often be hopelessly out of sync with the visuals. My proposal would be to have a microphone near the fireworks feeding low-power FM transmitter. People within range could then hear the fireworks with a more reasonable level of delay.
supercat, Jul 09 2006

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       I like the implication that explosive sounds might be played in a way to maximize their meaning. The least meaningless / most meaningful of these might be spliced together and used for an inspirational piece of ...er, music.
bungston, Jul 09 2006
  

       How about a synthesizer that relies entirely on the explosions to advance to the next beat/phrase of music? Of course it would be pretty easy to get out of sync...
Aq_Bi, Jul 10 2006
  

       With a chest mounted bass "thumper" of course.
James Newton, Jul 10 2006
  

       I really really bummed out when the channel broadcasting the local 4th of July fireworks played bloody music, completely drowning out the booms, snaps, fizzles, etc. And that was when they actually showed the fireworks, rather than crowd reaction shots. So, yeah, big buttered croissant.
DrCurry, Jul 10 2006
  

       I never want to see crowd reaction shots.   

       I do like to feel the thump of big fireworks. But I get a bit of a thrill from counting the time from flash to crack, so I'm not voting for this. (Sound travels a mile in about five seconds, BTW.)
baconbrain, Jul 13 2006
  

       / I never want to see crowd reaction shots. /   

       Not even for those ones where sparks rain down into the crowd?
bungston, Jul 13 2006
  

       //I do like to feel the thump of big fireworks. But I get a bit of a thrill from counting the time from flash to crack, so I'm not voting for this. (Sound travels a mile in about five seconds, BTW.)//   

       A little bit of delay is good. When fireworks displays are more than about a mile away, though, the sound becomes totally decoupled from the visual. By the time the sound from one firework arives, more will have already gone off. Personally, I tend to think many fireworks shows are overly cluttered, but a show would have to be extremely sparse for the sounds to mean anything to a viewer 2-3 miles away.
supercat, Jul 14 2006
  
      
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