For one reason or another, whether it’s for culture, commerce or community, people all around the world have huddled closer to one another with every passing year.
In 1900, fewer than 40% of Americans lived in and around urban areas. By the year 2000, that portion had nearly doubled, and today roughly 80% of Americans have collected together on about 3% of the total landmass in the U.S.
Unfortunately, many of our building and noise codes are vestiges of an earlier era, when the world was a little quieter and we were all a bit more spread out. Now many cities, New York included, have come to find that excessive noise is the new number one quality-of-life complaint.
For musicians and home studio owners, this buzzsaw cuts in both directions: When sound gets out, it can annoy neighbors and family members. When sound gets in, it ruins takes and breaks concentration.
Often, the best bet is to find an outside rehearsal or recording studio to book by the hour or by the month. But if you own your home or have a long-term lease and a little bit to invest, there are plenty of ways to improve the situation.