by: Tim at Total Pyro
‘Low Noise Fireworks – What’s the Point?’
A question that I am regularly asked by prospective brides and grooms… along with ‘What are low noise fireworks?’ and ‘Are low noise Fireworks as spectacular are noisy ones?’ All very valid and worthy questions on a subject that very little has been written about.
Hopefully the second and third questions can be dealt with quite quickly by directing you to the video gallery on our website – and confirming that it means no bangs or whistles.
But our title question needs a bit more investigation:
The facts seems to suggest that when looking at the large national and international competition displays, low noise is the way to go… even when a noisy display is permitted, regularly low noise products will make up between 50% and 75% of the display anyway. This is, in the main, because low noise product is used to punctuate moments within a piece of music, but as well as this, they also lend themselves to creating patterns in the sky; something that the randomness of a noisy aerial burst could never achieve. I am sure we have all seen the New Year fireworks creating spirals around the London Eye or multiple palms firing from the side of Big Ben!
This leads us to the question of music – ‘Does a ‘Low Noise’ display need to be accompanied with music?’
Tricky to answer as the enjoyment is ‘in the eye of the beholder’, but again when looking across the broad spectrum of displays from small events to large festivals, the answer would seem to indicate that more often than not a low noise display is accompanied by music, and, in my humble opinion, is hugely improved by its inclusion. The senses are now not only being bombarded by the visual, olfactory and auditory firework effects… plus the additional excitement when standing in a group expectantly… but they now have to contend with a music track and the choreography of the fireworks to it! Sensory overload maybe a little strong but it certainly produces a heady mix of factors that the brain has to deal with, and when the final explosion of firework effects concludes on the last beat of the music, most register somewhere on a scale that runs from joyful satisfaction to astounded jubilation. I’m sure that endorphins have a role to play in here somewhere but that’s way beyond my level of expertise!
So in summary, I think the positive experience that can be attained from a ‘Low Noise’ display set to music far exceeds that that can be achieved from a solely noisy display, for all the reasons highlighted above, but I hope that the video examples available on our websites will help you to form your own opinion.
We have fired numerous ‘low noise’ displays at Ufton Court and all have been a huge success, the links below demonstrate a few of the more recent examples that were videoed:
Both were set to tracks selected by the bride and groom, music that meant something – there was a personal attachment. And this again adds yet another element, emotion, and this probably goes to show that ‘low noise’ firework displays are not only multi layered in their effect on us as individuals but represent something much greater than the sum of their individual parts.
There are plenty more video examples of low noise firework displays and complimentary information that can be viewed on our website – www.totalpyro.co.uk
And if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us on – 01844 867878 / 07712 576572