Why do you provide a Reference Tone?

The Reference Tone;

That tone is provided for your own listening safety.

It is the the sound of a rooster crowing, which is the opening sound to a track from Heavenly Music Corporation’s In a Garden of Eden. When I added this song into my Broadcast Pool, back in 1998 * Archival or thereabouts, I realized how startling this sound was, so I decided that it would become the loudest sound that will play on S E B.

So that means: If you calibrate the volume on your stereo so that you can sleep through this rooster’s crow, then you’ve got the perfect level for an overnight session. Adjust it to the point where the crowing grazes just below your level of attentiveness. As in, you hear it, but you aren’t stirred by it.

Reasonable Safety

Okay. So, yes … I have, on occasion, received e-mails from listeners who have heard something ‘startling’ on my station. Typical examples would be:

As well as other various odd sound effects.

I honestly don’t intend for S E B’s listeners to wake up during these tracks… I play them merely to accentuate the overall mood of my stream. I invest significant time into equalizing the volume of tracks like these so that they can ‘slide in’ under the Reference Tone.

On the Other Hand,

S E B can get very quiet at times, too, even through headphones. I mean, Richard Chartier’s Of Surfaces is practically inaudible.

Hella Ambient, sure. But, for real.

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