Club Anthems To Be Used To Cover Silence

Contrary to reports in some of the tabloids, the Barclays Premier League have NOT yet decided to use generic sound from FIFA console games for 'live' broadcasts, the option is under consideration but there are other options being explored. The idea of 'piped' crowd noise doesn't really appeal to the majority of stakeholders, however one idea doing the rounds is for teams to have their songs played during the games.

The idea is not as silly as it first sounds, because as anyone who has attended the bowl of misery will testify, more often than not it is the away fans who are most vocal, the same applies when West Ham are the visitors, time and again you hear 'Bubbles' being sung louder than the home fans' songs. Having worked in the Audio and Tech industries for over 40 years I know the algorythmic systems are easily available to 'sympathetically' add noise, there would be the use of generic noise but only in the back ground with the main 'noise' coming from drip fed club anthems.

To run a system that works requires only a couple of extra techicians, obviously they would have to be schooled as to when and how to use the crowds singing, but OPTA people are able to 'simucast' live games so why not others? Of course the solution is not perfect, but it is a lot better than just FIFA generic noise or worse still the sound ob a ball being kicked in an empty stadium that resonates accentuating just how sparse the crowd is. By playing the generic crowd noise and anthems out in to the Stadiums rather than just adding them to the broadcast outputs, it would create a similar situation to Amazon's unique attitude towards broadcasting where they offered the viewer the option to hear different commentaries or even none at all.

One key advantage we can see in using FIFA back ground sound is that, in the past it seems that playing FIFA is something Hammers players do an awful lot of, and maybe, just maybe, they will be playing in circumstances that they are more used to! - Ed

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Knees up mother brown for starters,6 foot 2 eyes of blue Billy Bonds is after you.or the classic to the northern teams -- go down't pub drink 10 pints get really plastered,go back home beat the ---- dirty, northern -------!!!!

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

In those days Northern teams actually had Northerns playing for them.. now you are lucky if they are British!

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

I just have a really bad feeling about this, just doesn't suit us. I know people criticise the atmosphere at the BoM so the effect should be limited I just feel that for the past 3 seasons we have players happy to capitulate when we are losing. I think teams less renowned for technical ability and greater team work ethic will take us to Sketchleys :o(

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Also we were really poor before the lockdown,I can see relegation looming hope I'm wrong mate

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Dartford Bhoy's picture

... with you all the way with that! I was so hoping the season would be null and void that way we stay up and the bin dippers wait another 30 years :o(

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I have been putting this in other posts,i have been wary of this start up,as i reckon we will go down......As for this artificial noise,i cant go with that,as im certainly not into this playstation games stuff,dont know anything about it,i think some stupid sounding in the wrong place could be off putting, i agree and like the songs 65,dirty northern bastards or not,its the football culture,i remember the north bank singing hit him on the head with a baseball bat in the 70s.

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Used to love knees up! Even as a nipper I was never worried about the swaying,pushing etc...I loved it,dunno about the piss though running from the back of the stand!!;)

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Great days mate,i remember the bar in the corner,getting covered in beer when we scored,its rather still like that in carpeneters,or should i say was like that,i remember the piss aswell lol!!!!

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Blimey, next minute you are going to mention the geezer who used to sell peanuts, it always amazed me that you sent your money down to him through the crowd, and he sent your 'monkey nuts' back, with your change!

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It worked didnt it nev,through all the swaying,i couldnt see people being as aimiable now.

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He was a star that guy! We used to stand at the back of the east side and you throw you money at him on the pitch which he always caught and fired back the bag of nuts with lazer precision! He alternated between UP and The Valley.. difference there was no one in the way as the crowd was always rubbish :o)

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Also the peanut seller! I remember as a kid thinking people passing the change back was strange,what with all the tealeafs about!! But it's probably my first memory of the respect hammers fans had for each other!said it before when I took my kids from a very young age they were never scared,it was like people were looking out for them! Great memories

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