Words of wisdom from Semmangudi
Before the 1930s, musicians performed before
small groups of 200 to 300 listeners. The microphone brought about a
revolution. The singer did not have to develop a voice of full-throated
resonance any more. Thousands could hear his murmurs and croons. But
amplification has been at the cost of tonal clarity, as also of depth, weight
and vocal power.