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The Impact of Audio in 4th of July Firework Displays

The 4th of July means spending the day eating BBQ, playing games, and soaking up the sun with family and friends. Of course, everyone looks forward to a traditional fireworks display as a grand finale! Fireworks originated in China in the Seventeenth Century, and such elaborate displays remain an international phenomenon, progressing and developing as the years go on.

Speaking of firework progression, have you ever witnessed a fireworks display that included audio? I haven't until today. While still in the 4th of July spirit, I was YouTube-ing "Firework Displays" today I came across some mind-blowing firework shows. I noticed a trend that firework experts have been implementing music, songs, and other voice overs to be broadcasted and timed to go along with the fireworks display. It was brilliant! Timing is everything. Precision is critical. If the timing is off, the whole firework display will lack the sense of quality and professionalism, not to mention obvious disappointment from onlookers. On the flip side, if the firework display and audio coincide perfectly, onlookers will be impressed, amazed, and greatly impacted by the show.

I am used to seeing a "common" firework display consisting of random fireworks popping and cracking in the air with no regards to timing. I can only imagine listening to music while watching fireworks explode in the air at the exact beat of the song. The craft that goes into something that spectacular astounding and leaves the crowd in awe.

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