Amplified music as a noise nuisance

R. J M Craik, J. R. Stirling

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    A survey of complaints received by local authorities in Scotland has shown that complaints about amplified music are increasing and constitute about 25% of the total number of complaints concerning noise. These complaints are mainly about discotheque noise. Five different criteria are used by local authorities for determining whether or not the noise which prompted the complaint is, in fact, a nuisance. Subjective tests involving 40 householders and an analysis of the past records of Edinburgh District Council show that fulfilling the present criteria often does not lead to satisfaction. From the survey results, it is clear that music can be heard, and cause a nuisance, when the music level (Leq) is very close to or even equal to the general background noise level. This makes objective measurements difficult. © 1986.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)335-346
    Number of pages12
    JournalApplied Acoustics
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1986


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